European Engineered Wood Flooring
Our European engineered wood flooring is manufactured using layers of compressed timber finished with a solid wood veneer. Engineered wood has gained in popularity among homeowners because it looks just like a natural solid wood floor, it is also incredibly hardwearing and relatively easy to install. The design of engineered wood means that it allows for the expansion of the wood that happens due to variations in temperature. This makes it perfect for use in kitchens, conservatories and rooms with underfloor heating systems.
The plywood base gives the engineered flooring more flexibility and stability than solid wood floors with the added benefit that once it has been installed it is very difficult to tell the difference between the two. Since the top layer of engineered wood is real wood, there are as many options as with solid wood floors including a variety of choices of wood species and colours including whites, greys and blacks & light, medium and dark wood. Our engineered wood floors are available in different widths, types of boards and various grades. Finishing options include oiled, smoked, whitened, hand-brushed and antique.
Engineered Wood Flooring FAQs
Engineered wood floors have the same stunning look as solid wood flooring and are available in all varieties of wood. Oak, Walnut and Acacia European engineered wood floors are the most common. Since engineered wood floors use less hardwood than a solid floor they tend to be cheaper which also makes them popular. The way that engineered wood is constructed makes it an excellent choice for any room including dining rooms, hallways and living rooms. Since it is made in layers it isn't as prone to shrinking or warping compared to solid wood and is, therefore, suitable for use with underfloor heating.
The click systems used in engineered wood floors make laying this type of floor yourself relatively easy. The floorboards have 'male' and 'female' joints which allow each section to securely click into place and means that you don't need to use glue or screws. The click system is designed to be installed as a floating floor, unlike solid wood floors which can be installed directly onto floor joists.
Engineered wood floors are renowned for their durability. However, they aren’t completely scratch-resistant so do require a little care and attention to remain in excellent shape. A light grey floor may require a bit more attention than deep mahogany but with a few care tips, you can easily maintain any floor so that it retains its natural beauty for many years.
Thanks to the constant development of technology and installation techniques, engineered wood flooring can be fitted pretty much anywhere in your home. As tough as engineered wood is, we wouldn’t recommend that it is installed in a bathroom as it would begin to swell if soaked in water. However, finished floors are water-resistant so will withstand spills and splashes so will work well in a kitchen.
With such a huge variety of species, grades of wood, colour combinations and finishes for engineered wood available, choosing the best one for your home can feel overwhelming. Engineered wood comes in various widths and lengths which can be combined to achieve the look you are aiming for. You also need to consider the construction of the floorboards as the quality of the engineered layers is key to the stability and strength of the finished floor.
Whether you choose oak, acacia or walnut engineered wood floorboards they all look great, are very durable, last for ages, comparatively cost-effective, easy to install and maintain. Find out more about each of these benefits in our FAQ.