The real wood products capture all the rustic qualities of wood and bring the very essence of nature into your home. Each floor board is unique, enriched with naturally occuring characteristics such as knots of various sizes, flared grain patterns, burls, sapwood and mineral streaks.
These are characteristics of each species’ individual growth process, and are all influenced by region, sunlight, climate and the soil. There are two types of knots; live knots which showcase the beautiful density of the spiral grain and dead knots which are repaired with a rich coloured filler. Any splits or cracks are filled and add a lively character to the unmistakable quality of a natural product. Wood flooring has been popular for decades now and its classic appearance makes it the first choice for many homeowners who are wanting to replace their current flooring.
Unlike solid oak flooring which is solely made from oak, engineered oak flooring combines oak with a stable base such as plywood or HDF. Often, engineered wood flooring features multiple different layers, but the top layer is always real wood. This top layer, also referred to as a veneer, usually ranges from 3-6mm in thickness and it can still be sanded and refinished.
Engineered wood flooring is considered to be the perfect combination of practicality and authenticity, making it perfect for any home. Some of the biggest benefits of engineered oak flooring include; engineered flooring is authentic in both appearance and feel, due to the fact that the top layer is real wood, it will provide you with the exact same aesthetic of solid wood, which you don’t get with laminate flooring for example. The construction of engineered wood flooring actually makes it more durable than solid wood flooring. The additional layers underneath the oak veneer increase the structural stability of the flooring and restrict the movement of the wood. Unlike solid wood flooring that is prone to shrinking and warping, engineered wood flooring will stand the test of time. You can even lay engineered oak flooring in rooms where solid oak flooring isn’t suitable even further enhanced when stained or treated.