What is Engineered Oak Flooring?
Engineered wood flooring is an all wood solid construction floorboard. It’s made with three different layers of wood to create a stable, durable and quality floor solution. Engineered flooring is closer to solid wood flooring than it is to laminate flooring, as it’s constructed out of 100% timber.
The top layer, usually around 3mm, is genuine oak which is available in many different styles, to suit your tastes. The surface is abundant with all-natural grains and textures and will age gracefully. The middle and bottom layer are made of a cross structure of hardened coniferous wood and it’s these layers that provide the flooring with its strong core and easy to install 2G/5G system.
Why Choose Engineered Flooring?
Out of the three types of flooring we stock – laminate, engineered and solid oak – there is no one clear winner. Each have their own advantages and disadvantages, and are suitable for different rooms, budgets and purposes. Perhaps the main reason people choose engineered flooring is that it looks more realistic than laminate but is more affordable than solid oak. The genuine oak surface provides the authentic charm laminate flooring attempts to emulate. On top of this, engineered flooring is much more versatile than solid oak flooring, as it’s resistant to moisture and changes in temperature and less likely to suffer from shrinkage.
Price – More affordable than solid oak but with the same natural grains and surface texture as solid hardwood.
Durable and Versatile – The engineered layers give the floorboard extra strength, durability and resistance to warping and shrinking. Engineered flooring can be installed in a wider variety of rooms than full oak, making it a very versatile choice. However, it should be noted that it is still a natural product and without due care and maintenance the quality may degrade over time.
Ease of installation – Engineered floorboards are very easy to install, particularly if you opt for the 5G click system.
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