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Laminate flooring is made up of a high density base , with a photograph of wood on top, coated with an acrylic lacquer. There is no real wood in a laminate board.  the core board is a hard fiber boardcomposed of wood residue.  The product is generally 3/8″ thick and is a floating install with tongue and groove locking system which allows you to install and uninstall the floor several times. This product is typically the least expensive compared to solid wood or engineered flooring.

Solid wood flooring differs from engineered flooring in that it is cut directly from the log and as its name suggest it is one piece of solid wood. Engineered flooring on the other hand is a solid wood veneer that is bonded to a plywood backing board.

 This difference in structure between solid and engineered flooring determines a completely different set of uses and installation methods for each type of flooring.

Solid wood flooring is available Unfinished or Prefinished. Unfinished enables you to colour and finish your floor to your exact requirements, onsite, once the floor has been fitted.

 Prefinished has the advantage of being quicker to fit, less mess and is ready to use straight away.

 Some Advantages of Solid Wood Flooring Compared to Engineered Flooring

  • Huge selection of styles from Modern to Antique
  • Huge variety of widths and lengths. From 57mm wide right up to 380mm wide. Random widths can be used to create extra character and individuality
  • Life of any wood floor is up to the tongue, this is usually about 8mm in solid wood as opposed to 6mm or less in engineered boards.
  • Square edged boards have no tongue so floors can be sanded over and over.
  • Very versatile to create the exact look you require, this is not as achievable with engineered floors as the boards are precisely machined and look very uniform
  • Reclaimed wood is available in Solid format only.
  • Solid wood can look a lot better than many of the Engineered ranges available, however with advanced production methods the 20mm thick engineered boards now can look exactly the same as a solid wood floor.

Disadvantages of Solid Wood Flooring over Engineered Flooring

  • Not as stable as Engineered flooring. Solid wood expands, contracts and warps to a greater extent than Engineered flooring
  • Not suitable for areas where there is any moisture present. Eg Cellars, Bathrooms, damp rooms etc
  • Cannot be used with under floor heating