Real, Engineered Wood & Laminate Flooring
Posted on 14th September 2016
Image via Balterio
When refurbishing your home, selecting the right flooring can be a daunting task. It is easy to find yourself overwhelmed with choice as there is so much in the market in terms of brands, style, quality and price; not to mention all this confusing flooring jargon. If you too at some point wondered about what exactly is solid wood and engineered wood flooring and how is it all different from laminate flooring, then look no further, we’ve got all the facts covered and have tried our very best to explain it as simply as possible.
Each board is made from a single piece of wood, can be purchased unfinished or pre finished. It is a lot more expensive than laminate flooring and the toughest of all to install; though it does give your home an incredibly luxurious feel. It is also a very appealing feature if you are looking to sell your property. Be aware that solid wood flooring should be installed in areas with a constant atmosphere as it swells in damp conditions and can even become mouldy, hallways and living areas are ideal!
Engineered Wood Flooring
This is a type of flooring that consists of several wood or plywood layers. The way it is constructed makes it much more stable than solid wood flooring and much less prone to changes caused as a result of damp conditions. Though it is still not advisable to install engineered wood flooring in your bathroom where it would be exposed to water. It has a real-wood veneer on top, which means that it can be sanded back and treated to restore the original finish if it gets damaged through wear and tear. Engineered wood flooring is cheaper than comparable solid-wood planks but still much more expensive than laminate.
We carry a comprehensive range of large-sized solid wood and engineered wood samples which we’ll bring to you or you can borrow.
Laminate is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product, designed to imitate the appearance of real wood. It is a cheaper option for flooring and very simple to install. Although it may not appear 100% authentic, laminate flooring comes in a huge variety of styles and if laid down properly – it really does offer a realistic wood finish.
Our suppliers include Berry Floor, Quick Step and Balterio who offer a sensational choice of laminate flooring with a wide range of finishes. And, for your extra peace of mind, all our laminate flooring comes with a 20 year guarantee.
Hopefully this has helped you understand the differences between the types of wood flooring and laminate options that are available to you. We understand that selecting floors can be overwhelming, so should you require any assistance in selecting a design, we are more than happy to help. Please give us a call on 02083601836.
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