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Flooring FAQ's

Updated: Nov 30, 2021

Engineered wood flooring is constructed from several wood layers bonded together to form one piece of flooring. The core is made from layers of HDF, plywood, or softwood, which run in different directions to increase the floor's overall stability. The top layer (also known as the 'Wear Layer' is always made from solid wood veneer. Its thickness varies between 2-6mm depending on the product. This top layer gives the floor the overall characteristics of a solid wood floor, making them a popular choice in today's interior design trends.



What are the benefits of Engineered Wood Flooring?

Easy to install - Engineered Wood Flooring is incredibly easy to work with and quick to install, thanks to a wide variety of modern T&G or LOC fixing systems, making it attractive to both DIY enthusiasts and professional installers.


Wider Boards - Engineered Wood Flooring is often available in a wide selection of widths from very narrow (80-100mm) through to extra-wide boards (250-300mm). To achieve the same results using solid wood would require a large tree to cut the raw materials from. This isn't the case with engineered wood flooring as the core is made from man-made timber such as plywood.


Stability - The core of an Engineered board is made from multiple layers of plywood, HDF or softwood to create an extremely stable product. Due to numerous layers being used in its construction, this allows for slight natural movement once the product has been installed.


Looks & Value - Engineered Wood Flooring has the same finished appearance of a Solid Wood Floor. However, it sits at a much cheaper price point in the market, and it is much easier to install due to modern T&G and LOC systems.


+ Can I install an Engineered Floor over a Concrete Subfloor?

Yes, an Engineered Wood Floor is ideal for installing over a concrete subfloor - as long as the moisture content in the concrete is no higher than 4%. The preferred method of installation for this sub-floor would be to float it over an underlay with an adequate damp proof membrane (DPM). It is also possible to fully bond the engineered wood flooring to the sub-floor. Please only use the recommended adhesives when fully bonding your floor.


+ Can I refinish my Engineered Wood Flooring?

Yes, it can be re-sanded. How much or how often will depend on the thickness of the wear layer. We would always recommend the services of a professional when carrying out any refinishing work.


+ What is a Lacquered finish?

A lacquered finish uses a polyurethane coating that is sprayed onto each board's surface by a series of brushes or rollers. This layer provides a coating over the wood grain and forms a hard coating that will protect the product from dirt and moisture seeping into the wood.


+ What is an Oiled finish?

Oiled Finishes use synthetic oil that penetrates deep into the wood allowing the colour and texture to be brought to the surface to create a visually stunning floor. Also, the oil provides a protective layer which prevents day-to-day scratches and damage.


+ What is a Distressed finish?

A distressed finish is a specialist finishing technique designed to create a worn and aged look and feel to your flooring. The machining process uses filler to fill surface cracks and knots, making a more rustic appearance across each board.


+ What is Rustic grade?

Rustic Grade is a mixture of timbers with varying appearance. Our Rustic Grade contains a variety of cleaner boards with little character to more lively planks containing colour variance and filled knots.


+ What is Natural grade?

Natural Grade is a selection of timbers with less variance in colour & character. Although you will see a slight colour variance, the appearance will be more controlled with only small knots and shade variance allowed.

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