Wood - Solid & EngineeredNatural wood flooring has many benefits, from providing longevity to changing the acoustics of a room, giving it a warm, rich sound. Real wood (solid or engineered) floors add value, appeal and a sense of luxury to the home.
Solid wood flooring is just what its name suggests, wood flooring that is made from solid wood. No matter what species or grade of wood you can think of, it is likely that you’ll be able to track it down in a solid wood flooring option.
Engineered wood flooring on the other hand is made up of cleverly constructed core boards that are effectively layers and layers of ply that are bonded together. Thereafter those boards are topped off with a lamella or top layer of solid wood, which is what makes engineered wood flooring look just like solid wood.
Just so that there’s no confusion, don’t ever be tempted into the common misconception that engineered wood flooring is the same as laminate flooring; it’s not!**
Whenever you are planning a new wood floor, it’s really important to measure the moisture levels in your sub floor. Ideally moisture levels shouldn’t exceed 2-3% and in order to be confident about the levels, it’s important to take a substantial number of readings across your entire floor. If your sub floor is borderline when it comes to moisture levels, there’s no getting away from the fact that you’d be safer to opt for engineered wood flooring than solid wood. Making this choice, along with a suitable membrane or underlay will help reassure you about the longevity of your floor. Here at home and floors we take care of it all for you - providing advise, measuring, moisture and humidity tests, fitting, cleaning guides & after sales service.