Choosing Your New Wood Flooring
Both have their benefits and their uses, but what exactly is the difference between solid wood and engineered wood flooring?
Solid Wood Flooring
Solid wood is the traditional flooring choice.
Each plank in these ranges is a single piece of solid wood expertly cut to varied lengths and widths, sometimes bevelled and enhanced by a range of finishes.
Solid wood flooring gives an unrivalled feeling of tradition. They are hard-wearing and resilient, able to be re-sanded many times and proven to last well over 100 years.
Solid wood does not sit flat on the floor – it has living form and subtle contours which respond to the environment and create a gentle but noticeable sensation underfloor. The solid boards are either glued to the concrete sub-floor, nailed to battens or if you have an existing wood floor, nailed to the existing ones.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered wood flooring is precision-made, out of layered sections of solid wood that are bonded together.
The grain of each piece runs in a different direction to the adjacent layer, enhancing strength and resilience and reducing the wood’s natural tendency to expand and contract.
This means they are less susceptible to movement from moisture or heat and thus are recommended for use with underfloor heating.
Engineered wood flooring options, unlike solid wood, do not need to be nailed or glued to the sub-floor but are able to be floated on an underlay, whereby the tongue and groove is glued.
How to choose?
Solid wood costs less than engineered flooring, is suitable for re-sanding more times and is the more traditional of the flooring choices. However, it is not suitable to lay over underfloor heating.
Engineered wood flooring is more practical, due to its incredible versatility, and is more suitable where sub-floor conditions dictate humidity or laying problems. It is suitable for installation over underfloor heating and is usually quicker to install.
Square edge or Bevel
Square shoulder/edge refers to the edge of the board which is left square after machining. This will give you a smooth surface after sanding.
Bevel edge is a decorative feature where the sharp edge of the board is planed to produce a chamfered/bevelled edge. The bevel more clearly defines the board edge, adding to the beauty of the floor. A Microbevelled board has a small bevel, typical depth of 1.5mm.
Antique or Contemporary Wood Flooring?
Antiqued boards with gentle distressed edges are suited to an older property or restoration and renovation projects. The boards gain character with time and will enable you to recreate a traditional aged wood floor from years gone by.
These boards will enhance a modern lifestyle, creating a crisp and welcoming interior for new UK properties or even older properties where simplicity is desired.