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Engineered Timber

Engineered wood flooring is an excellent alternative to solid wood flooring, that looks just as good. It is made up of various layers, including wood at its core, beneath a hardwood veneer. The hardwood veneer is, of course, the most important part, as this is what we look at every day once the flooring has been laid. The top layer will typically have a coating that has been treated using various methods to give it a unique finish. Some of those finishes include: 

  • Brushed. This exposes the natural grain of the wood so that the knots and lines are prominent; 
  • Fumed. Highlights the knots by darkening the wood; 
  • Varnish. Protect the surfaces, ensuring that it is durable; 
  • Matt. The flooring has no natural shine; 
  • Whitewashing. Lightens the wood, whilst highlighting the natural grain; 
  • Stain. Emphasises the grain; 
  • Tumble Edge. A distinctive technique that is used to distress a new floor, to give the appearance of a floor that has been worn down by age; 
  • Smoking. Draws attention to the grain pattern; 
  • HPPC. A high-performance polymer coating. 

Whilst most types of engineered flooring will be fitted in straight planks for a traditional look, you might also choose to purchase one in a pattern including: 

  • 3-Strip which creates a patchwork style of flooring 
  • Herringbone creates a distinctive pattern 

Why Choose Engineered Wood Flooring? 

  • Manufactured from 100% natural wood 
  • Suitable for sanding and refinishing as necessary 
  • Ideal for home, office and high-traffic commercial applications, combining the natural beauty of wood with a flooring that is strong, secure and reliable 
  • The layered design creates a type of flooring that is stable and resilient against both heat and moisture; two areas that are generally weaker in solid wood flooring  
  • Installation is easier, and once the flooring has been fitted, the tongue and groove profile ensures there are no gaps between the pieces