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
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
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.