Engineered wood flooring was invented by Kährs, a swedish manufacturer, back in 1941. It solved the issues of moisture and temperature reactivity that were the bane of the solid wood flooring industry, creating a new floor construction that could withstand changes in temperature and humidity and revolutionising the hardwood flooring industry.

Today, Engineered wood floors are widely considered to be the highest quality floor type that you can install in both residential and commercial spaces, combining the natural beauty and texture of real hardwoods like oak and walnut with a floor structure that offers durability, stability and sustainability.

STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY

Multi-Layer Flooring

Engineered wood flooring uses a multi-layer construction. By utilising flexible, fast-growing softwoods on the lower layers of the board that are less reactive to moisture and temperature, like Spruce and Pine, it ensures the floor stays stable and strong across the seasons and also means engineered wood floors can be laid over underfloor heating.

Protecting the Hardwoods

Sustainable Production

The valuable, slower-growing hardwoods like oak and walnut, are used on the top layer of the engineered wood floorboard, the usable part of the flooring above the joint. It was a masterpiece of innovation that not only created a more durable, more flexible and more stable floor, but was also way ahead of its time in terms of creating a sustainable manfuacturing method that avoided wastage and overuse of slow-growing hardwoods, protecting the world’s forests from mass destruction.

Engineered Wood Flooring Reduces Hardwood Waste.

With a 15mm solid oak floor, for example, the oak is used throughout the full thickness of the board, from top to bottom, even in the unusable section below the joint. Throughout the board’s lifetime, you could only ever sand-down to above the joint, so everything underneath the joint will never be seen or touched. Not only is it a waste of valuable hardwoods like oak, it also makes the board less stable and less durable.

With a 15mm Engineered Oak Floor, the oak is used on the usable top layer, above the joint, and can be sanded down across its life-time just like a solid floor. But below the joint, that’s where the flexible softwoods like Spruce and Pine give the board its stength and durability, making much more efficient use of both the hardwoods and softwoods.

Engineered wood flooring comes in a vast array of styles and colours. In terms of wood species, the most common hardwoods used in the engineered wood floor industry are: –

  • Oak,
  • Walnut,
  • Beech,
  • Ash,
  • Cherry,
  • and Maple.

All offering a unique aesthetic. But the choice is much wider than that: –

  • Board dimensions and thickness,
  • Board format,
  • Surface finish,
  • Grading,
  • Refining treatments,
  • Square or bevelled edges.

All these elements contribute to making each engineered wood floor unique in both look and feel.

Product Range

Engineered Wood Flooring

Browse our wide range of engineered wood floors below. We can send out free samples on request and offer free underlay on orders over £250 and free delivery on orders over £450.