Wood and Laminate Flooring
Solid Wood flooring
Solid Wood flooring is made from hardwood timber, it comes in a variety of widths and thicknesses. This flooring comes with tongue and groove edges and is usually nailed or glued to the sub-floor. It will create a natural and warm ambience that will often darken and deepen in texture and colour over time. It can also add considerable value to your home and can be seen as an investment,
Engineered Wood flooring
Engineered Wood flooring uses a layered construction made up of several layers of hardwood on top of a soft wood core. This layered construction controls the natural movement of a wood floor. Although it is not made up of 100% hardwood, engineered flooring is more resistant to moisture and can be used with under floor heating.
It normally comes pre-finished with tongue and groove edges and installed as a fully glued down floor, click system or on top of a suitable underlay as a floating floor. Engineered floors can usually only be sanded and finished one to four times, depending on the thickness of the hardwood veneer. As they usually come pre-finished, the choice of styles and finishes is much greater than with solid floors. It is also available as an unfinished product for you to choose your own stained finish.
Laminate Wood is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring simulates wood with a photographic applique layer under a clear protective layer. The inner core layer is usually composed of melamine resin and fiberboard materials. It is reasonably durable, and relatively easy to maintain but less durable than wood or engineered flooring, however, it is vulnerable to scratches. The first laminated floorings appeared in the European market in 1984 by a Swedish company Pergo.