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HDF Engineered Wood Flooring

HDF engineered wood flooring is an alternative to plywood engineered flooring that is becoming increasingly popular in the UK. This newer type of flooring uses high density fibreboard, or HDF, as its core layers, rather than the traditional plywood. This fibreboard makes up the base structure for the planks, and a real wood lamella is bonded to the surface, creating the look and feel of a solid wood floor.

Unlike plywood, HDF is made from small wood particles that are bonded together using a strong resin to create a sturdy board. In many cases, the particles that are used are recycled offcuts from manufacturing processes, which makes high density fibreboard quite an environmentally friendly and ‘green’ alternative to other types of wood flooring. It can help you to do your part to protect the world around you.

One of the biggest benefits of HDF engineered wood is that it tends to be a more cost effective option than engineered wood with a plywood core, so it’s great for those redecorating on a budget. Although HDF is not quite as resilient overall as plywood, once installed there is absolutely no difference in appearance between an HDF plank and a plywood plank, or even an HDF plank and solid wood flooring.

As there is a slight difference in overall resilience, especially when compared to multi ply planks, HDF flooring often comes in thinner boards (usually a 10mm plank with a 3mm lamella). This helps to reduce the strain upon the structure, and ensures the structure is more than capable of maintaining strength and stability, even when the boards are placed under common everyday stresses such as foot traffic.

Although not quite as resilient as plywood, HDF is still remarkably strong and sturdy, as the small wood particles are tightly compressed, making the board very dense. In fact, depending on the type of plywood that is used, HDF may actually be stronger than its plywood counterparts. Pine, for example, is a common plywood used in construction of engineered wood flooring, and yet it is quite soft in comparison to high density fibreboard. With HDF, stability is not something you need to worry about.

One of the myths surrounding engineered wood flooring is that HDF is much more absorbent than plywood. In fact, this isn’t true, and both types of core will absorb water. However, plywood is much more likely to return to its original dimensions once dry than HDF. For this reason, HDF is usually not recommended for areas of high moisture. Instead, it is particularly suited to areas such as hallways, living rooms, and bedrooms which have a more even and consistent temperature than kitchens or bathrooms.

HDF engineered wood is available in many different varieties, with oak and acacia being some of the most popular options. There are also a number of different finishes to choose from of course, including a matt oiled finish which provides a more rustic look, and a high gloss option which is very luxurious and elegant.

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