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Solid hardwood floors are made of planks milled from a single piece of timber. Solid hardwood floors were originally used for structural purposes, being installed perpendicular to the wooden support beams of a building known as joists or bearers.
Solid hardwood floors are just that, a solid piece of wood, throughout. Engineered hardwood flooring consists of a thin layer of hardwood on top of multiple layers of different woods, known as ply layers.
Engineered hardwood is not laminate flooring and it is not cheap flooring. Today, it makes up a big part of the flooring market because it has some serious pros when it comes to its usability and resilience. Engineered wood flooring is known to withstand the effects of humidity and moisture better than solid hardwood. The manufacturing process involved in making engineered wood floor creates a highly stable core that is less likely to expand and contract when exposed to moisture and humidity. This allows it to be much more resilient and gives it more freedom to be installed in more areas including sub-levels, even on top of concrete floors.
Solid wood flooring, on the other hand, acts similarly to how your hair behaves. It grows with humidity and shrinks in the cold temperatures.
The effects of moisture are something to think about if you are planning to use wood as your flooring choice within your kitchen or other areas where water is present.
Our solid wood ranges are made from hardwoods such as oak and walnut. The trees we use are carefully selected and harvested from sustainably managed forests in Europe or the Americas. Each board is engineered from a single piece of timber that has been carefully chosen, graded and then machined with a tongue and groove on all sides for simple, accurate fitting.
The wood’s natural texture is enhanced through a range of different finishes, each of which brings out an exciting aspect of its character. Inspiring grain patterns, mellow hues, rustic textures, elegance, strength… our solid hardwood floor ranges offer all this and more.
We also have all the underlays, room divider thresholds, room edge scotias etc to finish off the project.