What is engineered wood flooring? 21st November 2017 – Posted in: Engineered wood flooring
Engineered wood has become a popular choice for many homes. When it’s laid, engineered wood flooring and solid wood flooring look identical but act and react very differently.
Essentially, engineered wood flooring is more resilient whereas solid wood flooring can last longer.
Construction of engineered wood flooring
Engineered wood floors are made from several layers of wood pressed together. All the layers of engineered wood run in different directions. This form of construction is considerably more stable than a solid wood floor.
With high resistance to changes in moisture, resulting in less shrinking or warping than with solid wood floor, engineered wood flooring can be laid in rooms where solid wood flooring could be damaged, such as conservatories, basements and rooms with underfloor heating.
The top layer is always a veneer of solid wood (exactly like regular solid wood flooring) and is available in a variety of traditional hardwood surfaces.
However, under this top layer is the core which can be made from HDF, plywood or a soft wood which give it it’s excellent strength and stability.
To maintain its beauty, engineered wood can be sanded down to remove dents or scratches, making the floor looks as good as new.
The three-layer system is also designed to be eco-friendlier than a solid hardwood floor, because the more expensive and slow-growing hardwoods are used only for the upper surface, with the core layers constructed from faster-growing and less expensive wood species such as pine. This construction technique also makes use of the entire log in the production process, thus reducing unnecessary waste.
Engineered floors can be installed in two ways. They are available with tongue and groove edges which can be nailed to a wooden sub-floor or glued down if laying onto a concrete base.
Secondly Engineered floors come with an easy click system that can be installed on a floating floor.
The availability of click systems in engineered wood flooring means that it’s easier to install. Providing that the correct guidelines are followed, it can self-installed successfully. We’ve put together some useful information guides.
As a natural product, engineered wood flooring needs to become used to the conditions of your home before it is installed. This is called the Acclimatisation Period. It is best to let your engineered wood floor ‘settle’ into its new environment before you install it.