Engineered oak flooring are immensely popular for all types of properties, from residential homes to commercial premises. The need for engineered wood floors became apparent due to the limitations of solid floor, a complete natural product that has been around since the first wood floor was fitted. Engineered oak flooring are made from wood, but to a lesser extent. Their construction is made of Plywood or 3rd layer and a top layer called lamella that is made of wood. This top layer will vary in thickness, from 2mm to 6mm and will feature Oak wood. The thicker the top layer is, the more times the floor can be sanded and re-coated, a simple process that will revive the finish of the floor.
The floor looks identical to solid floors, but it is more versatile with its dimensions due to its flexibility and construction. Engineered oak floors are suitable for all fitting methods including floating installation, a cost effective method of wood flooring installation suitable for fitting in areas that may experience damp conditions (when lacquer finish is used on top of a max 14 mm or 15 mm thick floorboard) and suitable for fitting over underfloor heating using glue down fitting (when thickness is 18 mm or less with a max top layer of 5 mm thick).
Oak wood is widely used in the creation of engineered floors due to its durability, availability and attractive grain markings. The entire family of oak trees has over 600 species which are used in a wide range of applications, from ship building to beam construction. The wood has natural resistance to insect and fungal attack. Also considered an environmentally friendly choice as oak is renewable, recyclable and 100% natural.
Engineered wood flooring are a type of hardwood flooring constructed from a three layer core of wood together with plywood and a top layer of hardwood veneer. The core of the floor comes from Oak and Walnut, which are considered the most durable and strong wood species. Each floor type is also available to order as a sample and comes with 10 years warranty. Just click on your choice of floor and select the 'Free Sample' option
Floor Construction In total three layers of strong real wood, either Oak or Walnut (layer 1) are glued together with Playwood (layer 2) and hardwood veneer (layer 3). The resulting floor is called engineered wood flooring. The very top layer of real wood gives the floor that unique wooden look, which is then finished in a wide range of coating, from oiled to smoked. Oak and Walnut are extremely strong and their use in wood flooring helps guarantee long service life. These woods are also sourced from sustainable forests where trees are replenished as opposed to exotic woods.
Floor Advantages 1. Engineered wood flooring have been designed to provide greater stability and particularly where moisture or heat pose problems for solid flooring. All woods have a natural property to react to temperature changes under some degree of hot, cold or humid conditions, making the wood expand or shrink. This type of floor will not react in such a way. 2. Easy to install using floating method that makes fitting quick and cost effective. The floor can be fitted in minutes on any number of sub-floors, including underfloor heating. Traditional fitting methods could also be used. 3. There will be no visible gaps once the floor is fitted due to the use of tongue and grooves profile with micro bevel finish. 4. Depending on the thickness of the top layer (1), the floor can be sanded and re-sanded on average between three to six applications. The process of sanding will greatly extend the usable life span of the floor. If you are unable to find the precise finish or shade of floor we, offer bespoke wood flooring service which is affordable and quick as well as a wide range of solid flooring. All the products you see here are in stock and our flexible delivery service means we deliver when it suits you.