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Engineered Hardwood Floors is a type of wood floor that consists of several wood or plywood layers. Bottom and middle layers are manufactured from cross-laid solid wood or plywood planks. The top layer consists of a solid sawn wood lamella, often stained and prefinished in factory setting. This construction technique results in a wood floor that is more stable than solid wood floor.

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STABILTY
The instability of solid hardwood is usually moisture or heat related. Under adverse conditions, solid hardwood floors can warp, cup, swell or split apart. Engineered timber flooring overcomes these problems by their construction of a multiple-ply plank which counteracts twisting to remain flat and intact. This make engineered hardwood flooring a better choice for installation over radiant heat sources, concrete (wether its below grade or above) and in rainy climates.

Sustainability
Engineered timber flooring is also very beautiful and you can choose from a range of timber species, allowing you to choose the grain, and colour that you prefer.  The clear coating used on the flooring also helps to highlight the natural beauty of the timber and to bring out any features within the wood.  You also don’t have to worry about the environmental impact of the flooring as all of the timber used in engineered timber floors is sourced from sustainable forests.

Some engineered floors can be installed using the “floating method”. Floating floors are not fastened or glued to the sub-floor, instead they are installed with a specially designed tongue and groove system that locks the planks together with a click, or a bead of glue on the tongue and/or groove to provide the join between pieces.

Floating wood floors are generally installed over a moisture barrier and a thin foam underlay which provides insulation, moisture protection, and helps to deaden sound.

Regular sweeping, dry mopping, or wiping with a damp cloth is all that’s necessary for general caring and maintaining. Engineered hardwood floors require a little more care – they should be cleaned using special hardwood flooring cleaners (preferably manufacturer recommended ones) that preserve and restore the finish. It’s best to avoid using universal cleaners, detergents, or furniture polish – aside from making the floor finish appear greasy; they can temporarily dull, or even permanently damage the finish.

+ - What is Engineered Timber Floors

Engineered Hardwood Floors is a type of wood floor that consists of several wood or plywood layers. Bottom and middle layers are manufactured from cross-laid solid wood or plywood planks. The top layer consists of a solid sawn wood lamella, often stained and prefinished in factory setting. This construction technique results in a wood floor that is more stable than solid wood floor.

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+ - Why choose Engineered Timber Floors

STABILTY
The instability of solid hardwood is usually moisture or heat related. Under adverse conditions, solid hardwood floors can warp, cup, swell or split apart. Engineered timber flooring overcomes these problems by their construction of a multiple-ply plank which counteracts twisting to remain flat and intact. This make engineered hardwood flooring a better choice for installation over radiant heat sources, concrete (wether its below grade or above) and in rainy climates.

Sustainability
Engineered timber flooring is also very beautiful and you can choose from a range of timber species, allowing you to choose the grain, and colour that you prefer.  The clear coating used on the flooring also helps to highlight the natural beauty of the timber and to bring out any features within the wood.  You also don’t have to worry about the environmental impact of the flooring as all of the timber used in engineered timber floors is sourced from sustainable forests.

+ - Installation

Some engineered floors can be installed using the “floating method”. Floating floors are not fastened or glued to the sub-floor, instead they are installed with a specially designed tongue and groove system that locks the planks together with a click, or a bead of glue on the tongue and/or groove to provide the join between pieces.

Floating wood floors are generally installed over a moisture barrier and a thin foam underlay which provides insulation, moisture protection, and helps to deaden sound.

+ - Maintenance

Regular sweeping, dry mopping, or wiping with a damp cloth is all that’s necessary for general caring and maintaining. Engineered hardwood floors require a little more care – they should be cleaned using special hardwood flooring cleaners (preferably manufacturer recommended ones) that preserve and restore the finish. It’s best to avoid using universal cleaners, detergents, or furniture polish – aside from making the floor finish appear greasy; they can temporarily dull, or even permanently damage the finish.

Engineered Timber Flooring Quick Facts

  • Easy installation
  • Sustainable
  • Tough
  • Durable
  • Dimensional stability