For many people, wooden floors in the home are a long-held dream. They have a timeless style that work equally well in modern homes as it does for those looking to create a classic look. From a country cottage to a modern townhouse, a minimalist Scandi home to an industrial design city apartment, oak engineered wooden floors can do it all.
Solid wood floors can become expensive, however, what if we told you there’s a way to have the beauty of a real wood floor while saving on some of that expense? The product will even perform better too!
Well, please welcome to the stage – engineered wood floors!
Engineered wood flooring is made from a real, solid wood top layer that’s bonded to an engineered plywood base below. The reason engineered wood flooring looks and feels like the real thing, is because it is!
You can see it as something that’s in-between solid wood and laminate flooring. It has real, solid wood on top that can be sanded, varnished, and finished, while the base or core board below is manufactured in a way to give the stability of a laminate and can sometimes be installed like laminate.
Engineered wood comes in a range of different plank lengths and widths which offers a lot of versatility in choosing styles and designs. Tapi sells a wide selection, with widths up to 190 mm. There is also a great range of colours to choose from too, such as grey engineered wood flooring.
When it comes to the advantages of engineered wood flooring, they are:
Finally, DIYers will often find click-engineered wood flooring simpler to install themselves. See our guide to installing engineered wood flooring for more info. It’s worth remembering all-wooden floor types are not suitable for those moisture-rich areas of the home such as bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms. For those areas of the home, please go to our fantastic luxury vinyl or vinyl flooring, designed to create the look you desire, with the confidence of knowing the products are highly water- and slip-resistant.
As you’d expect, engineered wood flooring is available in a wide collection of different wood types, styles, and finishes. Oak is an incredibly popular and versatile choice as it works well in a wide range of finishes from light to dark. At Tapi, we have a wide variety of beautiful wood tones from light Scandi, through warm English oaks to even a deep American walnut.
Key to the look of your engineered wood floor is the finish that’s applied to the real wood top layer. Let’s run through the most common:
Below the layer of gorgeous real wood sits the ‘engineered’ layer or core. The makeup of this core can vary slightly.
The three most common compositions of an engineered wood core are listed below:
Although superficially similar, especially as similar click profiles can be installed in the same way, engineered wood and laminate differ in several key areas:
Choose engineered wood flooring if:
Now that you know all about the ins and outs of different types of engineered wood flooring, why not explore our range of engineered wood flooring today? You can book a home visit or join us in-store to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of engineered wood flooring for your home, or take a look at our Ideas Hub for some inspiration on how you could make engineered wood flooring work in your space.