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Lacquered Engineered Wood Flooring

Lacquered engineered wood flooring is a flooring option that combines one of the most popular finishes on the market with a flooring manufacturing technique that is designed to make the boards extra sturdy and durable.

Wood floor owners love lacquer finishes partly because of how easy they are to care for. Unlike flooring finishes that need to be re-treated frequently, lacquer finishes can go years without needing to be sanded down and refinished. Lacquered floors also make it very easy to clean up the dirt and grime that build up on any wood floor, posing a threat to the surface. A damp cloth or mop will do the trick in a couple of minutes.

This type of finish is also naturally spill resistant. The lacquer provides an extra layer of protection on top of the solid wood wear layer. So any liquid will sit on top of the floor and you won’t need to worry about it soaking into the wood and damaging it. If damage does occur, the lacquer coating can easily be sanded back and refinished. However, refinishing should not be necessary on a lacquered floor for many years.

Engineered wood is the premier option on the wood flooring market in terms of stability. Unlike solid wood floorboards, which as the name implies consist of a single unbroken block of hard wood, engineered floors are made up of carefully designed and fused layers. The idea is to prevent the buckling and shrinkage that can sometimes happen with solid wood floors.

In general there are three different types of engineered wood floors: multi ply, three ply and high-density fibreboard (HDF). Each of these types refers to the construction of the core of the board, which sits below the hard wood surface layer.

Multi ply boards are among the strongest, as the core is made of several layers of fused plywood, but they also come at a premium because of their strength.

Three-ply boards are made according to a similar principle; however ever only 3 layers of plywood create the core, which brings down the price of the boards significantly but also means they are a bit less strong.

The HDF core approach uses intense pressure to fuse several layers of wood fibres together. This creates an extra strong, almost impenetrable material, which is best used in those spaces where there is a higher risk of surface impacts.

Another important consideration in lacquered engineered wood flooring is the density of the surface layer. Even though you won’t need to re-treat the floor for a long time, because the lacquer finish does such a great job protecting it, the density of the surface layer will determine how many times you can refinish over the life of the floor.

For example, a 2mm surface layer can be sanded and refinished up to three times, while a 6mm surface layer can be sanded and refinished as many as 7 times. This means that if you choose a thick surface layer, your lacquered engineered wood flooring will last as long as the strongest traditional hardwood.

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