Engineered Wood Flooring is usually a more cost-effective option to solid wood flooring and is seen to be better than 'real wood' as it is more stable i.e. it doesn't shrink and expand in the same way that real wood does. It is perfect for that 'real' wood effect and is more commonly used now than solid wood because of it's qualities and the fact that it is easier to fit, plus you can also use underfloor heating with Engineered Wood Flooring.
It is made by pressing multiple layers of real timber, in a variety of thicknesses, into planks and the layers run in different directions to provide more stability than solid wood. Engineered Wood should be treated it the same way that real wood is treated because top layer, the one that is visible to the eye, is 'real wood'. Every few years (depending on traffic) maybe 3-5 years it would need sanding down and re-oiling.
Engineered Wood isn't actually fixed down, it just sits on the existing floor but underlay underneath should be fitted. When the floor is in place a slight gap is left around the edge of the room, this is either covered over with skirting boards if they haven’t been fitted already or a beading that fixes to the skirting to cover the edge of the boards.
Rees Tiles and Flooring are a supplier of the following brands of Engineered Wood Flooring:
- Haro Parquet