About Laminate Flooring
Laminate flooring is made up of layers sandwiched together to create a solid, hard wearing, stable board. The very bottom layer is a tough moisture resistant material, which gives the board strength and stability.
The main bulk of the board is HDF (High Density Fibreboard) this layer is machined to create the fitting system that allows the flooring to be clicked together. Click laminate and loc laminate are more frequently used for modern floorings rather than tongue and groove due to ease of fitting.
The next layer is the decorative layer, known as the photo. The Photo is a high-resolution image of natural wood flooring to give the flooring a realistic appearance.
The final layer is the wear layer. This is highly scratch and dent resistant, normally made with aluminium oxide. Aluminium oxide has a rating of 9 on the mohs hardness scale, so provides the finished product with a surface that can withstand the rigours of day to day wear.
About Engineered Flooring
Engineered flooring is a stable wood flooring that is used as an alternative to solid wood flooring. It is created by bonding together 3 layers under high pressure, the bottom layer, the middle core and the top, decorative layer.
The bottom layer of an engineered wood floor is designed to stabilise the finished product and prevents excessive movement during the changing of the seasons.
The centre layer, or core layer retains the shape of the plank and is machined to incorporate the fitting system. A variety of materials can be used for this, hardwood, softwood or sometimes HDF. The fitting profile can be tongue and groove or a lock system.
The top layer is the part that gets noticed. It consists of a layer of hard wood available in a huge variety of colours, styles and finishes such as oak and walnut. The boards can be unfinished, lacquered or oiled.
About Solid Wood Flooring
Solid wood flooring is an extremely attractive, good quality; classic flooring that can transform a room. With the right maintenance this type of wood floor will give many years of pleasure. It is an impressive, beautiful covering with great durability, warmth and sturdiness.
The flooring consists of solid wood, taken from the tree and shaped into tongue and groove planks, which are then laid to create your floor.
The biggest benefit of solid wood flooring is that it is the real thing, with characteristics that an artificial floor simply cannot match. It is timeless with distinctive patterns that only occur in nature. Whether you choose beech, ash, cherry, walnut flooring or an oak flooring you are guaranteed to have a wooden floor that is as individual as you are. The rings and knots present throughout the floor give it an organic feel with no two pieces the same.
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