Engineered oak flooring in a range of hand finished styles

Engineered Oak Flooring

 

Offering the same enduring appeal as solid oak boards, quality engineered oak flooring has become a popular, modern choice for homeowners and interior designers alike. Our own engineered oak flooring has the same tactile feel and distinctive natural character as a solid oak floor – with practical benefits. This makes it an inspired choice for those who demand great performance as well as an eye-catching visual impact.


 

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Types of wood flooring

 For anyone unfamiliar with engineered wood flooring, here’s a brief summary of the main differences between the construction types: A solid wood floor is made up entirely of a solid piece of timber, be it oak or another species. Engineered wood flooring has a multi-layered construction; our designs have a base layer made from premium-quality birch plywood and a top surface layer of solid European oak. This oak surface layer is hand-finished in the UK, using a variety of different techniques to create a range of styles and finishes.

Engineered flooring isn’t the same as laminate flooring. Laminates are man-made finishes that imitate the natural colours and textures found in real wood. They have a photographic ‘applique’ surface layer above a core of resin and fibreboard materials.

Advantages of engineered wood floors

 As well as providing an authentic real wood finish, engineered flooring offers other benefits which can address and overcome some of the limitations associated with solid wood:

All wood species swell in a warm, humid environment and shrink when it’s cool and dry. In a solid construction, this natural movement can cause gaps to occur between boards or for floorboards to become concave or convex. An engineered board is inherently more stable as its individual layers expand and contract as a complete surface. Combined with a quality joint, this eliminates the risk of any gaps or problems associated with humidity from occurring. This can be especially beneficial in areas like kitchen/diners and bathrooms, where humidity is often higher.

Many homeowners are now also looking to invest in underfloor heating. The significant temperature changes created by these systems can cause issues with solid wood floors, whereas the stable construction of an engineered floor is able to accommodate these fluctuations.

Another benefit of a modern, engineered floor is that it only uses slow-growing hardwood in the surface layer, so it’s also more eco-friendly – and it is refurbished in exactly the same way as a solid product – i.e., down to the joint - so it offers the same longevity.

Characterful hand-finished designs

 Skilled craftsmanship and specialist finishing techniques can transform and showcase the natural beauty of an engineered oak floor to spectacular effect:

A vintage look is a very popular interior design trend and our quality engineered wood designs can be ‘tumbled’ to replicate a mature, aged look, with the small imperfections that an original timber floor slowly acquires over time. Likewise, distressed engineered oak flooring can be hand-finished to introduce elements such as knots, cracks and other naturally occurring blemishes, which add charm to rustic-style floors.

Brushing and sanding treatments - and back-scraping to simulate floor timbers cut on a band saw - are other examples of finishing treatments that add character to our oak flooring. In addition, our signature designs have a durable top coat: either a lacquer pre-finish which creates a satin sheen, or a natural oil or hard-wax oil finish, which enhances the natural lustre and oak grain. Some finishes are also coloured, to create a specific tonal shade.

Of course, there’s always the option to choose one of our untreated oak floors, which can either be ‘laid bear’ or treated at a later stage, for a unique custom finish.

So, whatever your interior project, engineered oak flooring provides an incredibly versatile option, that allows you to enjoy the benefits of a modern floor design and still enjoy the beauty and natural appeal of genuine wood.


 

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