What You Need to Know About Engineered Wood Flooring (Real Wood Top Flooring)
What is Engineered Wood Flooring?
Engineered wood flooring, also known as real wood top flooring, is produced using an external layer of real wood, which is called ‘lamella’. The thickness of the top layer and the core may differ from each other as it depends on the design of the wood and its manufacturer. ‘Engineered wood can range in thickness from 10mm to as thick as 20mm (or the traditional thickness of solid wood flooring). The thicker boards will also have a larger wear layer, as much as 6mm sometimes, meaning you are able to sand and refinish the boards more times.
Engineered or real wood top layer flooring is a cutting-edge option that can do wonders if you are doing new builds or renovations. In previous times, if you wanted wood flooring, you only had a few options – solid wood flooring, linoleum or laminate flooring that had been made to look like wood. But nowadays, the best alternative to solid wood floors is real wood top layer flooring because that’s what it has–a real wood top layer!
Benefits of Engineered Wood Flooring
One of the main benefits of engineered wood floors is that it does not expand and contract to the same extent as solid wood because of the way the board is constructed. The layers are bonded cohesively, creating a very stable and solid flooring option. This feature means this type of flooring is suitable to be laid in most areas, without the need to level the floors and glue it down, it can be laid straight on to a suitable underlay. While solid wood flooring expands and contracts in a humid environment, this does not occur with engineered wood floors.
In addition to this, real wood top layer flooring comes in a variety of colours, thicknesses and finish options. They are available in a whole host of wood species, including oak, maple, hickory, birch, cherry and walnut, as well as exotic woods like African mahogany and tiger wood. It also comes in different widths ranging from slim to wide planks and is offered in speciality looks such as multi-toned or hand-scraped.
No matter what your budget, style, or taste there is a real wood top layer flooring option that will suit your requirements here at Fit My Floor. We offer the perfect choice if you are looking for a luxurious, authentic, real wood finish in your home.
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