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Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring is constructed of many layers including a top layer of real wood. Available in different grades from natural grading to rustic grading.

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  • Elka Brushed and Oiled Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.075m2)

    Elka Brushed and Oiled Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.075m2)

    This Elka engineered flooring has a brushed finish and an oiled surface gloss. It has 1 strip pattern and is suitable for use with underfloor heating, cooling systems and stairs. The top layer thickness is 3mm giving a more stable construction than solid...
  • Elka Rustic Lacquered Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.075m2)

    Elka Rustic Lacquered Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.075m2)

    The Elka Rustic Lacquered Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring is a light brown; some boards may have a pinkish tint or a slight greyish cast, and the sapwood is white to cream. This floor is B/C/D rustic grading. Dark stain is applied to enhance the aged...
  • Elka Champagne Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.075m2)

    Elka Champagne Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.075m2)

    Elka Engineered Champagne Oak Hardwood flooring is a natural wood colour that has been wood brushed and has a vibrant wood grading. The heartwood is light brown - some boards may have a pinkish tint or a slight greyish cast - and the sapwood is white to...
  • Elka Oak Truffle Engineered Flooring 14mm

    Elka Oak Truffle Engineered Flooring 14mm

    The Elka Oak Truffle Engineered Flooring 14mm is a real wood floor that beautifully recreates the look of natural wood. It has a solid oak layer and a real wood core, which means that it can be sanded and re-finished as necessary. The floor can be laid...
  • Elka Herringbone Dark Smoked Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (0.864m2) Elka Herringbone Dark Smoked Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (0.864m2)

    Elka Herringbone Dark Smoked Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (0.864m2)

    Herringbone, or "V" shaped, is a very popular pattern for engineered wood flooring. This style is made up of 14mm wide planks, with a 3 mm wear layer on top and a 25 Year guarantee. It is suitable for use in all areas of the home except those with high...
  • Elka Herringbone Light Smoked Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (0.864m2) Elka Herringbone Light Smoked Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (0.864m2)

    Elka Herringbone Light Smoked Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (0.864m2)

    Elka Herringbone Light Smoked Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring is a 14mm real wood engineered flooring that is installed in the distinctive herringbone patterns, using the tongue and groove locking system. This hardwood flooring has a 3mm wear layer and...
  • Elka Rural Sawn Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.812m2)

    Elka Rural Sawn Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.812m2)

    Our Rural Sawn Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring will bring nature into your home. This floor is a fumed product which means this gives you more colour variation than a stain, but the tone is far warmer. It highlights character and helps bring nature into...
  • Elka Caramel Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.075m2)

    Elka Caramel Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.075m2)

    The Elka Caramel Engineered flooring is a gorgeous caramel oak colour that is deep brushed and has hand sanded knots and is fumed. The surface gloss is oiled and gives a vibrant grading in the floor. The character of this floor is D + grade, which...
  • Elka American Rustic Lacquered Black Walnut Engineered Hardwood Flooring (1.98m2)

    Elka American Rustic Lacquered Black Walnut Engineered Hardwood Flooring (1.98m2)

    The American Black walnut floor ranges from a deep, rich dark brown to a purplish black and the sapwood is nearly white to tan. The contrast between the heartwood and the sapwood colour makes it perfect for any home. The grain is mostly straight and open...
  • Elka Enhanced Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (1.98m2)

    Elka Enhanced Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (1.98m2)

    Elka Engineered enhanced oak hardwood flooring is light brown; some boards may have a pinkish tint or a slight greyish cast and the sapwood is white to cream. This floor has a plumed or flared grain appearance. The softer grain is removed in the brushing...
  • Elka Native Oak Hand Sawn Engineered Hardwood Flooring (1.98m2) Elka Native Oak Hand Sawn Engineered Hardwood Flooring (1.98m2)

    Elka Native Oak Hand Sawn Engineered Hardwood Flooring (1.98m2)

    Our Elka Engineered Native Oak Hand Sawn Hardwood flooring is a fumed product which means the darkness of the wood can vary as it's dependent on the tannin content and the tannin content depends on the origin of the oak. This product grading is D & E...
  • Elka Washed and Smoked Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (1.98m2)

    Elka Washed and Smoked Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (1.98m2)

    This floor is a very light, bright and warm engineered oak flooring. Elka Washed and Smoked Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring has a unique look as the brushing process leaves the surface with an attractive textured finish that can only be achieved on this...
  • Elka Autumn Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.11m2) Elka Autumn Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.11m2)

    Elka Autumn Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.11m2)

    This Elka Engineered Autumn Oak Hardwood flooring is a fumed product which means that the darkness of the wood is dependent on the tannin content - the tannin content depends on the origin of the oak. With this floor being fumed it also means this gives...
  • Elka Rustic Brushed & Oiled Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.11m2) Elka Rustic Brushed & Oiled Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.11m2)

    Elka Rustic Brushed & Oiled Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.11m2)

    The Rustic UV Brushed & Oiled Oak is a 20mm real wood engineered flooring that is installed using the tongue and groove locking system. As the flooring is made from a 100% real wood 4mm wear layer, it can be sand and refinished to suits your needs. It is...
  • Elka Copper Oak Smoked Hand Sawn Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.11m2) Elka Copper Oak Smoked Hand Sawn Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.11m2)

    Elka Copper Oak Smoked Hand Sawn Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.11m2)

    The Copper Oak is a 20mm real wood engineered flooring that is installed using the tongue and groove locking system to ensure stability. It has been treated with an oiled finish, giving it a uniform appearance throughout, but making it suitable for use...
  • Elka Rustic UV Lacquered Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.11m2)

    Elka Rustic UV Lacquered Oak Engineered Hardwood Flooring (2.11m2)

    The Rustic UV Lacquered Oak is a 20mm real wood engineered flooring that is installed using the tongue and groove locking system. The flooring is made from a 100% real wood 4mm wear layer, meaning that it is suitable for sanding and refinishing as needed...

Engineered Wood Flooring

What is Engineered Flooring?

Engineered wood flooring is an excellent alternative to solid wood flooring and looks just as good. It is made up of a variety of layers, including wood as its core layer, beneath a hardwood veneer. The hardwood veneer is the most important part, as it is what we look at every day once the flooring has been laid.

The top layer will have a coating on that has been treated using various methods to give it a unique finish, such as:

  • The brushed finish, which exposes the natural grain of the wood so that the knots and lines are prominent
  • The fumed finish, which can highlight the knots by darkening the wood.
  • The varnish finish, which protects the surfaces, ensuring that it is durable.
  • A matt finish, which means that the flooring has no natural shine.
  • Whitewashing, a lightening of the wood whilst still highlighting the natural grain.
  • Staining the wood, which ultimately emphasises the grain.
  • Tumble edge, a distinct technique that is used to distress a new floor, to give the appearance of a floor that has been worn down by age.

Whilst most types of engineering flooring will be fitted in straight planks for a more traditional look, you might also choose to purchase one in a pattern, including: 3-strip and herringbone, which ultimately create a patchwork style of flooring to create a distinctive pattern. One of the most popular choices we offer at Howarth is engineered oak wood flooring, which is the most popular type of real wood as it is the most stable, all whilst still delivering an authentic wood warm and texture.

Engineered wood flooring is manufactured from 100% natural wood and is suitable for sanding and refinishing as necessary. It is ideal for home, office, and high-traffic commercial applications. It combines the natural beauty of wood with a flooring that is strong, secure, and reliable. It can also be offered in a range of different colours, with grey engineered wood flooring being the most popular option.

For further information and expert advice on engineering wood flooring, please contact your friendly local Howarth branch.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does an engineered wood floor last?
Engineered wood flooring can last up to 20 to 100 years.
What is the difference between engineered and solid wood flooring?
There are many differences between engineered and solid wood flooring, with both differing in longevity, durability, and wear and tear. Engineered wood floors are usually made from several layers of wood which are tightly pressed together. This will help give the floor some ‘give,’ and make it a lot more comfortable underfoot. Solid wood flooring on the other hand is cut from a single piece of timber which is then treated and sized before installation, meaning it will last a lot longer than engineered wood. As for durability, engineered wood is a lot more resilient due to the fact that it is able to deal with moisture better than solid wood flooring, which can shrink in hot, dry environments, or will contain moisture and expand in cold environments. Wear and tear can exist in any kind of flooring, including engineered and solid wood flooring. Engineered wood can have more ‘bounce’ and comfort, but surface scratches can be difficult to deal with due to its ‘layering’ formation, as it can’t be repeatedly sanded down. Solid wood, on the other hand, can be sanded down and resurfaced multiple times over the course of a lifetime.
Can you glue engineered wood flooring?
Engineered hardwood floors can be glued or nailed into position.
How to treat engineered wood flooring.
To treat engineered wood flooring, clean it regularly, deal with spillages quickly and efficiently, and repair if need be.
What thickness underlay for engineered wood flooring?
You will need an underlay with a thickness of 2-3mm for engineered wood flooring.
Why choose engineered wood flooring?
Engineered wood flooring is cost-efficient, easier to install than solid wood flooring, and has increased moisture resistance.
Can I paint engineered wood flooring?
Yes, you can paint engineered wood flooring.
Can you polish engineered wood flooring?
Yes, you can use polish on engineered wood flooring.
Can I use engineered wood floor in kitchens?
Yes, you can use engineered wood floors in kitchens. Engineered wood in kitchens is especially good due to how it is generally more receptive to changes in weather and is more resistant to moisture and humidity than regular wood flooring. It also comes in a wide variety of wood types and finishes. So therefore, having engineered wood flooring in kitchens will mean that it can withstand pretty much anything that your busy kitchen throws at it.
How much does engineered wood flooring cost?
On average, the cost of engineered wood flooring in the UK for a 5m x 5m room could cost anywhere between £500-£2750 depending on the grade of the wood itself. A square metre of wood flooring itself costs between £35-£60 per square, with labour being around £250 per day.