One of the most common questions we get at Ted Todd is ‘What’s the difference between solid and engineered hardwood flooring?’ And it’s a valid question; on appearance alone, these two very different types of wood flooring can seem near identical.
Engineered wood flooring
Solid wood floor
Engineered wood floor
Solid wood floors
For many years solid wood floors were the ultimate traditional flooring choice. Each plank is essentially one piece of wood, and for this reason is the more expensive of the two options. Treated well, solid wood flooring will last well over 100 years. Solid wood floors should only be used in moisture-controlled environments. They are therefore not recommended for areas such as cellars, basements, conservatories or over under-floor heating systems.
Engineered Wood Floors
Once installed it is often almost impossible to tell solid and engineered floors apart. The main difference is the way the planks of flooring are constructed. Engineered flooring is precision made from layered sections of solid wood bonded together. In engineered wood, the grain of each piece runs in a different direction to its adjacent layer. This enhances the plank’s strength and resilience and reduces the wood’s natural tendency to expand and contract – which means it’s perfect with underfloor heating or in areas like cellar, basements or conservatories where moisture and temperature levels may vary.
Engineered wood flooring options, unlike solid wood floors, do not need to be nailed or glued to the sub-floor. It’s important to never confuse engineered boards with laminate or veneer. Whereas our engineered hardwood flooring uses a 4mm-6mm hardwood layer, giving a hardwearing finish that will last for decades, laminate has an image of wood printed on its surface whilst veneer uses only a very thin layer of wood over a core of some type of composite wood product, usually fibreboard.
Not all engineered hardwood floors are created equal. Ted Todd’s engineered flooring has a hardwood wear layer that is produced as per a solid oak board. This means that it is air-dried, kiln-dried and then sawn into a 6mm wear layer. Extra resistance and increased stability is provided by a 14mm 10-layer construction of high quality birch plywood.