ENGINEERED FLOORING

OUR ENGINEERED FLOORING

Engineered flooring boards should not be confused with far inferior laminates. They consist of a cross bonded backing for added stability and a thick wear layer of oak, making them indeterminable from solid boards once fitted. Although originally innovated for use with under floor heating, engineered Oak and Walnut boards are now often specified in situations where a solid board would have been appropriate as they are easier to fit, (can be floated, glued or nailed). Engineered flooring can also be used straight from the pack, as its stability means it requires no time to adjust to room temperature. Our engineered flooring is supplied in mixed grade packs which incorporate Prime, Character and Rustic grades.

WHY ENGINEERED FLOORING?

Oak flooring is a valuable enhancement to any development, regardless of style. Traditionally, solid boards have proven popular given the look and durability they provide. Of late, however, engineered alternatives are increasingly in demand at the top end of the market. Engineered boards should not be confused with far inferior laminates. They are far more durable, attractive, authentic and indeterminable from solid boards once fitted, given that they consist of a chunky wear layer of oak. This is supported by a thick multi-ply backing that is cross bonded for added stability, helping to reduce the board’s tendency to shrink and expand, even in environments with a high degree of temperature variance. Whilst its innovation arose out of the need for a quality oak board suitable for use with underfloor heating, engineered flooring is now fitted in an increasing number of situations. It can be laid in damp prone environments where traditional flooring would not have been appropriate and, as it requires no time to adjust to room temperature, can be used straight out of the box for late notice projects. It is also easy to fit.

Engineered boards can be floated directly over an underlay, without the need for bonding or nailing. This doesn’t sacrifice durability and still provides that solid underfoot feel, particularly when a 21mm thick board is used. Given these factors, it is no surprise that engineered boards are increasingly specified, even when solid is a viable option. The majority of engineered flooring is supplied pre-oiled. This is the wise choice as it permits small areas to be treated at a time for damage, unlike a lacquer which can require an entire floor to be re-finished. Engineered floors also allow for multiple sandings, with wear layers that typically vary between 3mm and 6mm depending on price. Widths of a board vary widely to accommodate a wide range of tastes. The widest board we offer measures 300mm in width. Whilst there is no hard and fast rule as to the appropriate choice, the commonly held belief is that the wider the room, the wider the board that should be used. In practice, however, personal preference is the best guide.

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