When it comes to choosing a wood floor, solid wood is often valued for its 100% natural make-up and timeless quality. Yet engineered wood flooring is the most popular type of flooring in homes around the world, and for good reason. This type of floor has a number of benefits which are well worth considering. Find out more below…
How it’s made
The key difference about engineered wood flooring is that it has three layers. To the eye and touch it’s just like a solid wood floor, with a surface layer of natural solid wood. It has a supportive core which may be high density fibreboard, softwood or plywood, and there’s a backboard base. These layers provide a stable and secure alternative to a solid wood floor.
Thanks to engineered wood’s multi-layered make-up, it’s more resilient when humidity changes. Wood is a hygroscopic material so it naturally absorbs and releases moisture, causing it to expand and contract. The engineered construction limits this movement, creating a more reliable floor.
Underfloor heating is a common luxury in today’s home. The heat generated can dry out solid wood and cause damage to the floor. Yet, engineered wood flooring offers a safe alternative. In renovations and new-builds where underfloor heating is becoming more popular, engineered wood flooring is a great choice. It’s also found in kitchens and conservatories – where moisture levels can be high – as it’s less likely to warp than solid wood.
Easy to install
As engineered wood has a supportive core, these boards can be produced with different types of fitting joints to solid wood. Glueless loc and clic options allow engineered wood to be floated over an underlay with no need for nails or adhesive. Fitting engineered wood flooring is often much quicker and easier than solid wood.
On average, oak flooring wears just 1mm every 100 years. And with top layers of engineered flooring ranging from 2.5 to 6mm, any option provides long-lasting durability. Natural oak engineered floors can even be sanded and refinished years down the line, just like a solid wood floor.
In a nutshell, engineered wood flooring has all the beauty of a solid wood and yet is more stable, versatile and easier to fit in today’s homes. Discover the variety of naturally inspired styles in the Woodpecker engineered wood flooring range.