Article, December 10, 2017

Solid and Engineered floors explained

What are the differences between solid and engineered floors?

The defining difference between solid and engineered flooring is that a solid board is a single piece of solid timber, whereas an engineered floor is made up of several layers of timber.

Why are engineered boards made up of layers?

An engineered board has up to 11 layers of plywood backing, with each layer glued at a 90-degree angle to the adjoining layer. The surface layer of a precious hardwood is then glued on top.

Not only is this a much more efficient use of precious hardwoods than in a solid board, but this results in a much more stable floor with a robust construction, resistant to environmental changes.

Why engineered boards are the preferred choice

The construction of an engineered board results in a lower moisture level in the wood, meaning that engineered floors are suitable for environments with large changes in temperature and humidity, such as bathrooms, utility rooms or kitchens. One key difference is that an engineered board is suitable for installation over under floor heating, while solid boards are not.

Where and how can I install an engineered or solid floor?

While solid flooring has in the past been the primary choice, solid boards are not suitable in environments with high humidity or with under floor heating. They also must be fixed to the sub floor with nails or screws.

Compared to this, engineered boards can be fitted in most rooms in the house. They can also be floated or fixed to most types of subfloor together with an underlay. This means that an acoustic underlay can be used to significantly reduce sound if the floor is fitted in apartments and upper floors.

Engineered flooring is the prevailing choice

Over the last 10 to 15 years, flooring sales have been trending towards engineered flooring in general, far exceeding solid wood flooring. Technological advances have enabled wood flooring to now be installed in environments that were previously out of bounds for wood. Not only that, but there is greater variety in engineered flooring products than in solid. We are at the forefront of manufacturing advancement, and strive to offer a product that is of the highest possible quality standard and is made to last.

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