Engineered flooring was originally designed for use with under floor heating. They are still wood floors, but they are manufactured in such a way as to be suitable for use in locations where a solid hardwood would not be compatible. Wood always wants to expand in a certain direction. In the presence of moisture, solid wood planks will always expand across the width of the planks, rather than down the length of the boards.
To avoid this problem, manufacturers of engineered planks place each ply in the opposite direction of each other. This is called cross-ply construction. Once the wood layers are glued together, the plies will counteract each other, which will stop the plank from growing or shrinking with changes in the humidity. Engineered wood floors can be laid over various sub floors, and some now come with a click system.
Despite being developed for a specific purpose, engineered flooring is now often popular even when there is no under floor heating. This is because they are easier to install, and often come in wider board sizes.
As well as our engineered flooring, we also offer a full range of flooring accessories including glues, specialised screws and flooring trims.
Though we do carry some engineered flooring from stock, most is ordered from our supplier as needed and is therefore not available online. We always recommend to see a sample in person before you buy, so it is best to drop into our showroom.