Engineered wood flooring is a stylish, versatile and hard-wearing flooring option. Suited to installation over under floor heating, engineered wood flooring can withstand temperature and moisture fluctuations much more effectively than solid wood flooring. Not to be confused with laminate flooring, engineered wood flooring looks just like real wood. The reason that engineered wood flooring is so convincing is that it is a man-made product, constructed using plywood which is topped by a solid oak lamella or top layer. It is the topping of solid wood which gives engineered wood flooring its high quality look.
18/5 thick, engineered wood flooring is a relatively thick engineered wood flooring board, measuring a total of 18mm. The /5 element of its name refers to the thickness of the solid oak lamella or top layer. The thickness of the solid oak lamella or top layer is an important factor in determining the life expectancy of your engineered wood floor. Generally speaking, the thicker the solid oak lamella or top layer, the more often you can expect to be able to sand and re-finish the floor. The more often you can sand and re-finish the floor, the longer it is likely to last. 18/5 thick, engineered wood flooring should allow 5 or 6 sandings during its lifetime.
When choosing the thickness of engineered wood flooring which would best suit your flooring project, you’ll need to take into consideration the amount of traffic you anticipate and the type of subfloor you have. Generally speaking, 18/5 thick, engineered wood flooring is not recommended for installation over under floor heating.
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