Engineered wood flooring is an incredible alternative to a solid wood floor. Many people wrongly assume that an engineered wood floor doesn’t use any real wood, but that is simply not true. Engineered wood is made from multiple layers of timber that are stuck together and then finished with a layer of hardwood lamella. This means that a solid wood layer is used on top to give an incredible realistic illusion of the real thing. Engineered wood however, can offer you many benefits that a solid wood floor cannot.

Engineered wood is the perfect addition to any home thanks to its ability to withstand high levels of moisture and fluctuations in temperature. This means you can use an engineered floor with underfloor heating without the worry of damaging the floor long-term. There are three main types of engineered flooring that are all constructed differently. No one is better than the other it all depends on what you’re looking for in a floor.

Multi Ply

Multi Ply engineered wood is made from tightly fused together laters of plywood that make up the main body of the board. This, as previously mentioned, is then finished with a real wood veneer top layer. This makes the construction very strong and can handle heavy footfall with ease. These types of floors are suitable for use with any type of sub floor making it incredibly versatile.

Three Ply

Much the same as the Multi Ply, the Three Ply engineered is made from two layers and is finished thirdly with a real hardwood top layer. Unlike the Multi Ply however, the Three Ply is made from just two internal layers of both plywood and softwood. This makes this type of floor a cheaper option than the Multi Ply as less materials are used in its construction. This however doesn’t make it any less strong and is equally moisture resistant while still maintaining that look of a solid wood floor thanks to that top layer veneer.

HDF

Engineered flooring is also available with a HDF core. HDF (high density fibreboard) makes for a significantly cheaper option than the before mentioned plywood products. Again, your floor will look just like a solid wood product so you won’t be missing out on any visual quality. The HFD makes this type of engineered wood extremely resilient to surface impacts. However, the HDF isn't as resilient to moisture so if you're looking for a floor that can hold its own against liquids we would recommend one of the before mentioned plywood options.

All three options offer you that great solid wood look with a smaller price tag and a few added extra benefits. Engineered wood floors are incredibly popular with our customers so why not browse our collection today and order yourself a free sample.

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