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3 Ply Engineered Wood Flooring

3 ply engineered wood flooring is made up of three separate and distinct layers of wood that have been securely bonded together to create a strong and stable plank. The top layer is made from a real wood lamella (available in a variety of different woods such as oak and walnut), so that the plank resembles solid wood in appearance. The middle layer, known as the ‘core’, is often made from a soft plywood, while the bottom layer, called the ‘base’ layer, is usually made from a harder, more durable plywood.

As there are only 2 plywood layers in 3 ply engineered wood flooring, this type of flooring tends to be a little thinner than multi ply planks. Most 3 ply flooring is available in 10mm, 13mm, and 14mm thicknesses, although it does sometimes come in greater thicknesses if the lamella is particularly deep. Although multi ply is typically more hardwearing due to the added thickness, 3 ply wood is usually more than adequate for most domestic situations, such as bedrooms and relatively quiet kitchens, for example.

In a 10mm engineered wood flooring plank that has a 3mm lamella, the remaining 7mm will be composed of the base layer and the core. In many cases with 3 ply flooring, the core is often thicker than the base layer, because this is where a traditional tongue & groove join will be cut into the board during the manufacturing process. Tongue & groove cuts make this flooring very quick and easy to install.

If you’re looking to redecorate your home on a budget and add a touch of luxury without the price tag, 3 ply flooring is an excellent option. As there is less work involved in manufacturing a 3 ply plank than a multi ply plank, and as the lamella tends to be thinner on a 3 ply board, this type of flooring is some of the most cost effective on the market. It may be cheap, but it still looks like solid wood once it’s installed.

For those wanting to install a new floor over an underfloor heating system, 3 ply wood is well worth considering. As there are fewer layers of plywood, and as 3 ply tends to be a little thinner overall than multi ply, there is less thermal resistance with 3 ply flooring, and heat can transfer a little easier through the wood. This helps to keep your feet – and your home – that little bit warmer in the cold winter months.

It’s important to remember that ‘3 ply’ refers only to the number of wood layers in each individual plank, and does not affect the lamella in any way. The overall look of the flooring once laid will remain the same, whether you opt for a 3 ply plank or a multi ply plank. The difference is in the strength of the board only. Multi ply is typically stronger, but 3 ply is the ideal low cost solution for those areas of low foot traffic.

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