Possibly the first question you are going to ask is ‘What is an engineered wood floor?’ Followed quickly by ‘why should I use it?’ and ‘where in the house is it best suited?’

Three perfectly reasonable and sensible questions.

So, what is engineered wood flooring?

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Engineered wood is made up of layers, the core is normally made from soft wood or HDF then the top layer is finished with a hardwood veneer, giving the appearance of solid wood. At Lifestyle Flooring UK they offer a wide range of different hardwood finishes including:

Oak: Offering a classic timeless natural effect.

Ash: A light, chic style wood popular in hand scraped finishes.

Beech: Hardy and difficult to stain, Beech floors have a warm design.

Walnut: Highly resistant to light damage, boasting a deep warm colouration.

Maple: A distinctive hardwood, known for its unique grain pattern.

Lifestyle Flooring UK also supply unique species such as cherry, Jarrah and Merbeau. Each provides a distinctive appearance as seen in their extensive range here: lifestyleflooringuk.co.uk/engineered-wood-flooring

 If you are unsure on what finish is best suited to your home, contact Lifestyle Flooring UK, who will be only too happy to advise you.  

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But the choice doesn’t stop there, as well as choosing the right hardwood, there are a number of different finishes available, too, such as:

Brushed: Planks with a brushed finish provide a natural look. The planks have been gently scraped with a wire brush to reveal the deeper grains underneath. This effect gives the wood an aged appearance, adding texture to the floor.

Distressed: Distressed finish floors have a rustic, antique feel. They create a striking look, suitable for formal spaces.

Hand Scraped: With this technique, the planks are scraped by hand to reveal the deeper grains underneath. Every plank is different providing a unique character flooring option.

Lacquered: Planks with a lacquered finish have a smooth, shiny appearance. The lacquer stays on the surface, protecting against scuffs and scratches. 

Oiled: Oiled finished planks have a natural appearance. The oil seeps through the wood, providing more thorough protection. These floors can be locally fixed if required without the need to refinish the entire floor. Some floors are UV oiled to also protect against fading.

Unfinished: Lifestyle Flooring UK’s unfinished floors allow you to finish the floor yourself. You can oil, lacquer and stain them however you like. These planks can be sanded down and refinished when needed. The depth of the wood will determine how many times it can be sanded. 

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The reason for using engineered wood is that it is hardwearing and relatively easy to install and, cost-wise, as you would imagine, engineered wood costs significantly less that a solid hardwood floor. So you get the hardwood floor look, without the price tag.

“Our customers receive the lowest prices thanks to our expert sourcing team,” said Lifestyle Flooring UK’s Will Woolley, “They work tirelessly to find premium quality engineered wood floors at the cheapest prices. 

“We only supply flooring from the most prestigious brands in the industry. These include KAHRS, Parador, Quick-Step and Kersaint Cobb.”

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And for our third and final question, in which part of the house would you install an engineered wood floor? Due to its hardwearing durability and attractive hardwood finish, an engineered wood floor is a good fit for any room in the house from the hallway, which will take a lot of footfall, to the kitchen, an area where, lets face it, no matter how careful we are, things will get dropped, spilt and knocked over, yet an engineered wood floor is easily cleaned and can cope with the rigours of modern life.

All of Lifestyle Flooring UK’s engineered wood flooring is manufactured using European sourced timber from countries such as Holland, Germany, Poland and Austria and are constructed from materials taken from sustainable forests. Their engineered wood range is also constructed using eco-friendly techniques to minimise the carbon footprint.

For more information contact:

Lifestyle Flooring UK
Unit 2 Wortley Business Park
Amberley Road
LS12 4BD