Engineered Flooring 

 

Engineered wood flooring is the most widespread type of wood flooring used across the globe. It brings nearly all of the benefits of a solid wood floor, without the drawbacks. An engineered board is typically 14-15mm thick and is made up of 3 layers; a 3-4mm wear layer of solid wood on the surface, then a central softwood layer at a 90 degree angle to the surface, and finally a plywood balancing layer. This unique structure is the key to the stability of an engineered floor, having different layers laid at right angles to each other enables the floor to expand in a uniform way and eliminates the slight gapping which can occur with a solid floor. It also enables nearly all engineered floors to be laid over underfloor heating systems. 


In regards to installation, engineered floors can be fully bonded to the sub-floor, although it is regular practice for them to be laid as a floating floor on an underlay. Depending on the manufacturer, the boards will either be glued together on the tongue and groove, or some click lock systems are now in use.


It is fair to say that the most common species of wood used for flooring is Oak. This can be rustic grade, as seen in the photo above left, with lots of knotting and grain variation, or a more prime grade, as seen in the photo above right, with a much cleaner, plainer grain pattern. The choices in appearance don't stop there. There are many different stains available, the edges of the boards can be square flush cut, or as is proving to be ever more popular, the edges can have a slight bevel to them which helps define each board more clearly. The surface of the floor can be sanded (completely smooth), brushed (to show the texture of the grain), or even distressed (to give an aged appearance). 


There is also three main types of finish;


Lacquered - Very hard wearing, maintenance free, gives the best protection against spillages.

Natural Oiled - Natural matt appearance, will need re-oiling at times, scruffs/scratches can re-oiled to hide them.

UV Oiled - More hard wearing than a natural oil, no need to re-oil, not as shiny as a lacquer.


In addition to Oak there are many other species widely available as an engineered floor such as Ash, Beech, Cherry, Jarrah, Maple, Merbau or Walnut.

The engineered and structured flooring brands we supply and install include but are not limited to K√§hrs, Boen, Taylor Maxwell, and V4. Should you be interested in a specific brand of engineered flooring not listed, just let us know and we will be more than happy to source your required floor for you.







Should your area have an external door, you may want to think about having an incorporated matwell installed to protect you floor from grit being walked in on shoes. This picture shows a natural coir mat which complements the floor perfectly, (other colours are available).

 





Staircases can be clad with flooring and 

finished with solid nosings to add a 

touch of elegance.



Structured Wood Flooring 

 

In addition to the 14/15mm engineered floors, we have 20mm thick structured floors. The construction and properties of these floors is much the same as the engineered floors, but they have a deeper wear layer of 6mm which allows the floors to be re-sanded more times, in effect prolonging the overall life of your floor. Also due to their total thickness, these floors can be used as an alternative to solid flooring as a structural floor over joists


Re-finishing


After a period of years, how many will depend on the type of finish and the amount of traffic the area has, you may decide you want to sand and re-finish your floor to restore its appearance to its best. Both engineered and structured floors can be sanded and re-finished in the same way, the only difference being that the structured floor, being thicker, can be sanded slightly more.




For more information please email us at maswoodflooring@live.co.uk

Serving Northampton, Milton Keynes, Buckingham, Aylesbury and beyond.