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18mm Engineered Wood Flooring

18mm engineered wood flooring is one of the most popular types of solid wood alternative in the UK today. It is made up of a top layer of real wood (usually oak, walnut, larch, or acacia wood), and multiple layers of plywood or fibre board bonded underneath for added stability and durability. The total thickness of each plank is 18mm, making it one of the thickest engineered wood boards available.

The top layer of wood in an 18mm engineered wood flooring board can be 4mm, 5mm, or sometimes even 6mm thick, depending on the exact flooring that is chosen. This wood is then bonded to the correct amount of plywood or fibre board to create a plank that measures 18mm in total. Each layer is placed at a 90 degree angle, minimising movement in the board, ultimately creating a very long lasting plank.

The bond on an 18mm engineered wood flooring plank is so tight that movement is virtually impossible. Even when exposed to high heats (such as with underfloor heating or direct sunlight, for example), or excessive moisture in kitchens or bathrooms, there is unlikely to be any movement, shifting, or warping of the boards. This is, of course, one of the biggest advantages of engineered wood over solid wood.

With a protective finish like oil, polish, or lacquer, 18mm engineered wood flooring is unlikely to scuff or mark easily, but it can happen. A 4mm, 5mm, or 6mm top layer can be refinished or sanded to remove surface wear and tear between 4 and 6 times, before the flooring starts to lose some of its qualities and personality. This is a floor that’s designed to last, and it’s not unusual to see 18mm engineered wood flooring last for 50 years – sometimes even more!

18mm engineered wood flooring is arguably the most popular thickness for engineered wood. This is because it’s not only great for busy areas of the home, such as hallways, kitchens, and other communal areas, but it’s actually sturdy enough to withstand the pressure in some commercial environments, too. It’s not uncommon to see 18mm engineered wood flooring used in restaurants, bars, and other establishments.

Another reason why 18mm engineered wood flooring is so popular is because you get not only the look of real wood, but the feel, too. 18mm is around the same sort of thickness as you’d get from a solid wood floor board, so that luxurious feeling you get underfoot is actually very similar. This makes it even more difficult to tell the difference between solid wood flooring and cheaper engineered wood flooring.

When choosing this type of flooring, you’ll find you have a great deal of choice. With different woods to choose from, different shades, various finishes (or even unfinished, if you’d like), and a multitude of widths and lengths, it’s simple to create your perfect look. There’s 18mm engineered wood flooring to suit all environments, with narrow boards particularly suited to larger spaces to add proportion and warmth, and larger boards ideal for making small spaces seem larger, airier, and more spacious.

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