Engineered Wood Flooring
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What is Engineered Wood?
With the look and feel of solid wood, but at a lower cost and greater resistance to moisture and heat, engineered wood flooring offers the perfect compromise for those on a budget. Engineered wood flooring typically has a top layer of solid wood but the underside of the flooring is made of materials such as plywood, HDF or softer woods. These layers are fused together and compressed using intense pressure for extra stability and strength.
The benefits of this type of flooring is that it has the beautiful appearance of solid wood flooring but is much more affordable. It also provides the option to be sanded back to retain a fresh appearance, so it can last for decades.
Durability of Engineered Wood Flooring
One of the main benefits of engineered wood flooring is that it offers fantastic stability and durability. Due to the process of making this type of wooden flooring, it’s incredibly strong so it can withstand changes in heat or moisture levels.
Solid wood flooring can be prone to warping and bending as it shrinks and expands depending on the temperature of the surrounding environment. Over time, this can lead to permanent damage. Engineered wood doesn’t suffer this problem, so it can be ideal for homes with underfloor heating or areas of higher footfall, such as commercial properties.
Engineered wood offers greater durability than solid wood, but less than laminate and luxury vinyl tile. However, laminate and vinyl flooring are harder to repair, so it’s worth considering where the flooring will be installed to determine which is the best option for you.
Engineered Wood Lifespan
Engineered wood offers at least several decades worth of use if it’s cared for appropriately. While it can’t be sanded, oiled or resurfaced as often as solid wood, it can still be refinished two to three times, depending on the thickness of the top wood veneer. This means that if your flooring does happen to get scratched or lose its lustre, it can be refurbished to give it a new lease of life. This makes it a long-lasting flooring option that can be maintained with ease.
A great benefit of engineered wood flooring is that it can be installed quickly and easily, as it typically comes in click system boards. For those who are not experienced in fitting flooring or those fitting the flooring in a larger space, this type of flooring is low-fuss and hassle-free for a speedy installation process.
Range of Engineered Wood Flooring
We offer a range of styles and colours, including popular options such as grey engineered flooring, light brown engineered flooring and parquet flooring. Some of our most popular colours include walnut engineered wood, which delivers a luxuriously deep and dark result, and oak engineered wood that’s lighter yet equally as elegant. But we also offer a variety of other finishes too, such as rustic lime house white, brushed wood finishes and antiqued flooring for a traditional feel.
Engineered Wood Flooring Samples
If you’re unsure if the colour or style of a flooring product is right for your space, why not order a free sample? Direct Flooring Online offers up to 3 free samples so you can easily see if the colour and finish is a good match for your needs. Your samples will be delivered by Royal Mail in 2-4 days – we recommend using free samples and our online images in conjunction to get a full idea of what the product will look like once you’ve installed it.