Solid Wood or Parquet
Cut from one piece of timber through and through removed as a block of wood from the tree, processed into wood floor planks or strips with tongue and groove edges, either pre-finished or finished on site. Solid hardwood is available in random length configurations, between 300mm-2200mm (on average 1200-1900mm). With pre-finished solid wood floor, a micro bevel edge is used to prefect the manufacturers finish on the wood floor.
Solid hardwood floors constantly expand and contract throughout its life when exposed to increased humidity and temperature changes causing gaps appearing over time as planks dry and shrink, with excess humidity can cause cupping on the surface of the hardwood.
Engineered or Multi-Layer
This comprises of several cross layered sections of wood. Hardwood is used for the top layer whilst the middle or base layers beneath also comprise of wooden materials, such, as a spruce or pine (normally 14/15mm thickness) or plywood cross layered construction (normally 18/20mm thickness) improving strength, robust and stable floor counteracting the forces resulting in a reduction of up to 70% in natural wood movement when compared to traditional solid hardwood.
With the modern introduction of electric or water based Under Floor Heating systems in renovations and new build constructions the engineered hardwood construction allows UFH systems to be used without issue with simple standard operational practices being observed.
Different types of Engineered Flooring
Engineered wood flooring is available in different thicknesses, this can benefit those who have specific requirements for height, or offer further choice to those who have no specific requirements.
We discuss all aspects of this at our showrooms, with the pro’s and con’s of each style so it is possible to select the most appropriate floor for your project and needs.