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Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring provides a durable wooden floor solution that is easy to care for. Our high quality and cheap engineered flooring comes in a variety of wood grains and finishes, including brushed oiled, stained colours and lacquered finishes too. Browse our collection below or read on for more information, such as engineered wood maintenance and installation tips.

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What is Engineered Wood Flooring?

Engineered floors consist of multiple layers of plywood which is topped with a layer of real wood. This uses less wood when compared to a plank of solid wood flooring, making engineered wood cheaper and more environmentally friendly. Because of its top layer, engineered wood floor is the closest to solid wood flooring. So, it can create a timeless look in any home or office, without the hefty price tag.

Is Engineered Hardwood the Same as Laminate?

Although engineered wood flooring is similar to laminate due to the fact it replicates real wood, there are some fundamental differences. Mainly, the top layer of laminate flooring consists of a textured image of solid wood. Whereas the top layer of engineered flooring is actually real wood. This may make engineered flooring slightly pricier than laminate, however it’s closer to solid wood floors.

Which Rooms is Engineered Wood Flooring Suitable For?

Engineered wood flooring is easier to maintain than a solid wood floor and is therefore suitable to be placed in most rooms, except bathrooms or rooms with high moisture levels, as this might cause the wood to swell and expand. Engineered wood is a fantastic solution for living room flooring, bedrooms, offices, or hallways, as it requires little upkeep and won’t suffer in areas with lots of footfall. This means if you have children or pets, your floorboards are still safe.

Read our engineered flooring Underlay Guide for more information.

How to Install Engineered Wood Flooring

Installing engineered floor is surprisingly easy to do yourself. Start by gathering your materials, including your pack of engineered wood, your chosen underlay, scissors, tape, a hammer and nails, and finally beading for the perimeter of the room.

  • • First ensure your subfloor is clean and dry, then lay the underlay. Do this by placing the sheets of underlay side by side and simply taping them together. Trim when you get to the edges of the room until the underlay provides a flat layer which covers the floor.

  • • Then start placing your floorboards from the corner of the room. Engineering wood floor is specially cut for easy installation. It features a click joint system, so you can fit each plank into place without the use of glue. When placing the floorboards, ensure you leave a 10mm expansion gap around the edge of the room to allow space for beading.

  • • Finally, add your beading to the expansion using your hammer and nails.

Read more about installing engineered floor here: How To Install Engineered Wood Floor

Are Engineered Wood Floors Durable?

Engineered floors offer more durability than solid wood and an engineered wood floor will last anything from 20-100 years depending on how well you look after it and the thickness of the top layer wood veneer. Tips to avoid any damage include avoiding excessive moisture and any potential scratches or dents.

Do Engineered Wood Floors Scratch Easily?

Due to engineered oak having a top layer of solid wood it is susceptible to dents and scratches. A good way to avoid this is to place felt pads underneath moveable furniture, such as chairs or table legs. These aren’t visible and can add years onto your floor.

If your floor does undergo some scratches, you can sand away the top layer to reveal good-as-new wood, follow this by refinishing the floor with lacquer or oil. This is why the thickness of the top layer affects its longevity, because you can sand away damage if you have a thick floor. If your engineered wood floor undergoes further notable damage, you can easily fix the plank in question without replacing your entire floor.

How to Maintain Engineered Wood

Engineered wood flooring is easy to clean. Simply use a damp cloth or mop to pick up any dirt. However, ensure you dry the floor afterwards. While engineered wood is more water resistant than solid wood flooring, it shouldn’t ever be completely wet.

Read more about maintaining engineered wood here: How To Care For Engineered Wood Flooring

Whichever engineered wood flooring you opt for, we have guides for every specific floor, so we recommended you read your guide upon purchase. If you have any further questions about engineered wood floor, then please don’t hesitate to contact one of our flooring experts on 0330 100 00 15.

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