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					Engineered wood flooring comprises of multiple layers of wood, capped by a veneer
of solid wood, which often varies in thickness, averaging around 5mm, but often
exceeding 10mm depending on the quality of the product. The top layer is the part
visible to the consumer, providing the look and feel to the engineered wood flooring
solution. The various layers are secured together with special wood glue, resistant to
deterioration and moisture damage.
There are a number of advantages to be found when choosing engineered wood
flooring over, for example, solid wood; one of which being the fact that it is often
considered more universal by nature, being suitable for installation on top of many
different types of surface, including often tricky concrete floors. In addition, it is also
considered more flexible and easier to install and maintain than many alternatives,
due to being typically sold in easy-to-fit systems, and often coming pre-finished in the
pack 鈥?meaning no further preparation such as waxing or oiling of the wood needs
to take place. This not only cuts down on extra costs for finishing products, but also
means that your flooring is ready to go, straight out of the box, saving you or your
re-fitter costly additional labour time. Don 鈥檛 forget however that this type of
flooring is not suitable for installation in bathrooms or utility areas, where regular
exposure to high levels of moisture may cause movement between the boards to
occur.
Is engineered wood flooring durable? The simple answer is yes; and the better you
care for the floor, the longer it is likely to last. Maintenance on engineered wood
flooring is simple to carry out, and can be as easy as applying a quality laminate and
wood cleaner ever so often. These specialist cleaners are neutral detergents that form
a self-polishing film, highly resistant to wear and dirt that helps to both clean and
protect the product. More intensive maintenance can also involve sanding down the
surface or damaged parts of the wood. Bear in mind that there are only a limited
number of times that manufacturer 鈥 檚 will recommend sanding down your
engineered wood flooring. Typically, a professional sanding machine will remove
anything from 0.25mm - 1mm off the top layer of the wood, and for the varieties of
engineered wood that feature thinner veneer layers, this must be done rarely and with
caution.
The durability of engineered wood flooring also depends very much on the already
mentioned thickness of the top layer, which can vary considerably. Generally
speaking, a better quality board will feature a thicker veneer layer, giving the product
a thicker 鈥榮 andable area 鈥?also; however, the type and quality of the wood also
plays and important role, as do the number ply 鈥檚 in the core. Again, with regard to
the number of ply 鈥檚, a better quality board will typically comprise of more ply 鈥
檚 than a cheaper one, and the range varies from lower-end products offering 3-ply
construction, to the top end boards featuring up to 9-ply 鈥檚.
Another important benefit to recognise when deciding whether choose engineered
wood flooring over solid wood flooring is that they are suitable for use on top of
increasingly popular underfloor heating systems. Solid wood is not appropriate for use
with underfloor heating as many varieties of wood are considered unstable when
being subjected to significant changes in temperature, and are likely to expand and
contract more, causing movement in your flooring to occur. Engineered wood flooring
doesn 鈥檛 suffer from this problem since it 鈥檚 a composite product and doesn 鈥
檛 react in the same way to temperature changes. This again adds more fuel to the
view that engineered wood flooring is more versatile and better value for money than
some of its alternatives.

Topps Tile 鈥檚 offers a wide range of high-quality engineered wood flooring, and
offer expert advice on how to install and maintain your floor.