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Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered wood flooring is comprised of numerous wood layers that are capped by the veneer of solid wood that usually differs when it comes to thickness, averaging about 4mm - 6mm, yet usually exceeding 10mm based on the product’s quality. The uppermost layer is the portion that consumers can see, giving the feel and look to the engineered wood flooring solution. The different layers of high quality birch water resistance plywood will then be secured through the use of special glue for wood that can resist both moisture damage and deterioration. There are different advantages that can be attained when you choose engineered wood flooring than other options available. First and foremost, the engineered wood floor is made of solid wood that makes this type of flooring look more common by nature. It is also ideal for installation on top of most various forms of surface which include normally complex concrete floors. Also our engineered wooden floors suitable for installations over underfloor heating systems and in bathroom. Besides, it’s also considered easier and more flexible to both install and maintain compared to some other flooring options available. Engineered timber flooring is now the most popular type of wood flooring used worldwide and the technology allows to produce much wider and longer engineered timber boards, as well as the application of endlessness of truly exclusive finishes. UNIQUE BESPOKE WOOD deliver high quality European Oak, Ash and Walnut Engineered wood flooring to commercial and residential costumers within the mainland UK. We do full solid and engineered wood flooring installation services in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London. Please call us for more information about international deliveries.
There are two layers of real strong European Oak, Ash or Walnut wood that are glued into place with Baltic water resistant Birch Plywood in the inner layer. The result is the highly sturdy and visually pleasing engineered wood flooring. The top layer gives this hybrid a uniquely natural look, which is then finished with a wide range of exclusive coatings such as smoked, oiled or fired, depending on what you instruct. Oak, Ash and Walnut are exceptional strong woods which make them ideal for this application, thereby guaranteeing durability as you use it.
Engineered Wood flooring advantages
Engineered wood flooring was conceptualized and designed with an eye on providing you with greater durability especially in places that are prone to moisture that could ruin any wooden floor. Every wood has varying reactions to heat, humidity, dryness or cold that makes it expand or shrink, and engineered wood flooring has no such vulnerabilities. They are also often more readily available in much longer dimensions than solid wood flooring.
They save you a lot of money and re much easier to install. Within minute your floor might be ready, including the under floor hearing. It also readily accommodates traditional fitting.
Engineered wood flooring leave no gaps in between boards, due to its use of tongue and grooves profile that makes it perfectly fit
Depending n the topmost layer’s thickness, engineered wood floors can be sanded and re-sanded on average 3 to 6 times. The process of sanding greatly enhances the usability lifespan of the floor. If you are struggling to find the precise finish, shade or color, we offer the highly rated bespoke flooring service that will cater for you no matter your budget.
Choosing your engineered flooring type
Your choice of Engineered Flooring type may largely depend on the location where it’s meant to be used. Factors to keep in mind include the nature of the environment in your home: is it humid or dry? The demographic of the place, whether there are lots of kids whose impact on your wooden floor is not the same as that of adults. Also you need to consider the kind of traffic the floor will eventually be exposed to. If the area is humid and will experience high traffic, it means a corresponding engineered wood floor must be made tailored to withstand the stress expected. In order to make the correct choice, you need competent advice on what will work best for you. Since this will be a long-term and capital intensive investment, let us choose exactly what you will need and what at the end of the day be money well spent for you.
More about engineered wood flooring
What is Engineered Wood Flooring Engineered flooring consists of a top layer of solid wood — the veneer. This ranges in thickness depending on the quality of the flooring, but is typically between 3-7mm, although thicknesses of up to 21mm are available. Underneath the veneer are several more layers of thin wood, all glued together to form a plywood-like sandwich base. These layers run at 90° to one another for stability, making them less prone to movement, caused by humidity, than solid boards. Why choose Engineered Wood Flooring More and more people are choosing to fit engineered wooden flooring as opposed to solid timber floors — and there are many reasons for this decision. Engineered flooring is available in an extremely wide range of timbers to suit any home, with various effects, such as ‘aged’ and ‘sun bleached’ available. They are also suitable for laying over many types of existing floor, such as concrete, unlike most solid boards. In addition, most engineered wood flooring now comes pre/finished, meaning no waxing, lacquering or oiling for you, and a floor that is ready to walk on as soon as it has been laid. Plus, it is simple to lay on a DIY basis, so labor costs are saved. Getting the right finish:Engineered wood flooring boards are available in a whole host of finishes, from ‘brushed’ and 'hand-scraped' which highlights the texture of the grain, to ‘distressed’ which gives the wood a more vintage feel. Unique Bespoke Wood offer boards with beveled edges and square edges. Beveled or (V grooved) engineered plank is a good option for those worried that a new engineered floor may look a little too perfect and pristine in a period house. Surface treatments vary, too. Matt lacquers leave boards looking very natural, almost untreated, whilst oils bring out the grain of the wood, but will require a little more care and maintenance than lacquers. Satin lacquers add a sheen and tend to increase the durability of the wood. When not to use it: In certain situations engineered flooring is not the best option. As with any wooden floor, engineered flooring – despite its resistance to movement caused by moisture, and however well treated it is – is best avoided in the bathroom, where it will be constantly subjected to a damp atmosphere and probably puddles of water from time to time. It is fine for use in cloakrooms, however. How much to order? Measure your room, then, to get the area in metres square, multiply the length by the width, and allow a small amount for wastage — around 10% should be fine. If your room is not square, it can be easier to measure it in sections then add these together to get the total area required. The alternatives: There are several alternatives to engineered flooring, the most obvious being solid wood floors. These are available as plain planks that require either nailing or screwing and gluing down, or with tongue-and-groove edges. Most solid wood floors will, however, need to be laid on a subfloor as opposed to an existing floor. They can be refinished more times than engineered due to their solid nature.
wood flooring finishes explained
Types Wood Flooring Finishes for your interior space
Whether you’re looking for Smoked wooden floors, hand scraped wood flooring,wire brushed hardwood flooring, thermally treated wood floors, fired wood flooring, discover the wide variety of flooring finishes to customize your interior space. Today, many processes provide for a variety of decorative effects for your wooden flooring. Some of these processes are Smoking, Hand scraping, Wire brushing, and Thermo or Fired wood flooring. Some can be stained, aged, hammered, saw-cut, and sanded, etc. These processes considerably change the original look or the appearance of wood, giving it a custom look. In most cases, these flooring products are ready to install as soon as delivered. Find below the listing of some of these wood finishes: 1. Smoked wood flooring Smoked wood flooring is comparatively new on the wood flooring finishes block, but it is already making its wave and gaining much popularity. Smoked wooden floors are made by leaving woods that are untreated in an atmosphere that filled with ammonia. It is an authentic way to keep within bounds the color of natural wood, smoking, or fuming has the final effect of darkening the wood by bringing the tannins to the upper surface. 2. Hand scraped wood flooring Hand scraped wood floors give the room a cozy atmosphere and warm look, with some patterns variation in each plank. Hand-scraped refers to the texture of the floor surface. The original plank for this flooring style is scraped to produce a refined or rustic texture on the surface. The hand scraped wood offers a practical and beautiful flooring option for your room space. Hand scraped wood flooring options are popular these days and have been endorsed by many homeowners because of their distressed look and vibrant color which produce incredibly beautiful floors. 3. Wire-Brushed Hardwood Flooring Wire brushed hardwood flooring offers a subtle texture to your floor while still maintaining its smooth appearance. The soft grain is pulled from the growth ring while leaving the heart wood exposed to the surface and Then Craftsmen hand sand each board to a level of elegance and smoothness. Wire brushing helps create a durable floor that can withstand any mishap from daily occurrences. Wire brushed hardwoods are offered in some varieties in solid and in engineered hardwood. 4. Thermo or Fired wood flooring. Thermally treated wood floors have gone through a non-toxic and natural process that essentially cooks the wood, thereby changing the entire makeup of the wood. The Wood is heated to 400+ degree heat in an environment that is free of oxygen. In Thermo or Fired wood flooring, the wood is heated to remove the organic compounds in the wood cells, so that it will no longer absorb water, contract or expand, and can no longer provide sustenance for fungi and insects. The process naturally produces durable wood that is everlastingly resistant to insects, water, and decay. Because the wood is not absorbing chemicals to be treated, but rather removing moisture, the wood is lightweight. Many products offered in this category are rated for 20 or 25 years of exterior use. The gradual heating process leave gives the wood a rich and dark brown appearance which gives it an unexpected tropical look. The product is light in weight, durable and can last up to 20 or 30 years of interior or exterior use.