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What is the difference between Solid Wood and Engineered Wood Flooring?

Solid wood flooring is made of solid pieces of wood with no separate Layers, engineered wood has a top layer of solid wood with layers underneath usually made up of materials such as Plywood, HDF or a soft wood.

Solid wood flooring is made of solid pieces of wood with no separate Layers. We have written an interesting article that might be of interest – Is Solid Wood Worth It.

Engineered wood has a top layer of solid wood with layers underneath usually made up of materials such as Plywood, HDF or a soft wood and a strong base layer usually made of Plywood or similar.

We have looked into Is Engineered Wood Better Than Real Wood.

Laminate flooring is a man-made product made to look like a natural product. A high quality photographic image underneath a clear protective layer. The inner core layer is usually composed of Melanine resin and fiberboard materials.

Vinyl flooring is a man-made product mainly used in kitchens and bathrooms due to its waterproof and slip resistant properties. It is made from felt or fiberglass with a printed and embossed sheet coated with clear vinyl, finished with a clear protective urethane top layer. Available in sheets, tiles and planks.

LVT is a man-made product made to look like a natural product that comes in tile or plank shape. It has a high quality printed layer covered by a clear protective cover with a think strong base.

We do not offer a fitting service therefore we recommend you use The National Institute of Carpet and Floor layers http://www.nicfltd.org.uk or The Yellow pages www.yell.com to find local professional fitters. We strongly recommend that you use experienced professional floor fitters.

Brushed and oiled engineered wood flooring has been brushed lightly to expose more of the natural qualities and charm of the wood. It has then been finished with layers of oil to protect it from daily wear and tear, which provide a natural and traditional looking matt finish to the flooring.

A lacquered finish forms a coat on top of the surface of the wood, helping to protect it from wear and making it easier to clean up spills. Smooth and lacquered floors have a more uniform look, with a less pronounced grain to give a more contemporary feel.

Generally many floor types can be used with underfloor heating however you should check for each floor product before making the decision. Solid wood is rarely a good choice for underfloor heating.

Find out Which Flooring Is Best For Underfloor Heating.

Hand scraped wood flooring is where a tool is used to literally scrape the wood to create a unique and worn effect.

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