A wooden floor brings incredible elegance and instant style to any home. Although not a cheap purchase, it is a well worth investment and will last the test of time. Indeed, a well chosen wooden floor will not only add value to your property but will look amazing in years to come.

Of course as with any investment there are a few things to learn before purchasing. One of the most commonly asked questions we hear is "what is the difference between solid and engineered wooden flooring?" As such, we have dedicated this blog post to explaining the difference as well as the pros and cons of each.

What is the difference between solid and engineered wood flooring?

Solid wood floor boards are made from 100% solid wood cut from single pieces of timber. It is extremely hard to beat the look and endurance of a solid wood floor. However, as a natural material, it is subject to all of nature's effects and can become damaged by moisture from both above and below the ground. This could mean that if installed in a hot room a solid wooden floor can can dry out and shrink or if in a cold room could absorb moisture and expand. Therefore, solid wood floors are not recommended to be laid in conservatories, basements, bathrooms and rooms with underfloor heating. However, solid wood floors placed in the correct environment and treated correctly can be sanded down and refinished many times and as such, last a lifetime.

Engineered floorboards on the other hand are made from several layers of wood pressed together. The top later is always a veneer of solid wood. However, under this top layer is the core layer which is made from either HDF, plywood or a softwood and varies in thickness from 2mm to 6mm. The two layers are bonded securely together in different directions under extreme pressure. This reinforces the top layer of solid wood and adds extra stability. As engineered floorboards are not made entirely from natural wood they are less reactive to their natural environment and are suitable for areas with different amounts of moisture in the air such as conservatories, basements, kitchens, bathrooms or rooms with underfloor heating. Engineered floors are also suitable for use as floating floors where the floor isn’t stuck to the subfloor. Most engineered floors can also be sanded down and refinished the same amount of times as solid wooden floors making them an excellent alternative, depending upon your requirements.

Timbered was set up in 2004 by industry professionals. With a passion for exceptional wooden flooring, and a longstanding commitment to sustainable living, Timbered is a leading UK flooring company with showrooms in both London and Kent. As exclusive stockists of some of the world’s most premium brands as well as installation experts, we have collaborated with leading industry professionals as well as private clients in both the UK and abroad. For any enquiries, please call 020 7813 0598 or email info@timbered.co.uk.