TED TODD FLOORING
Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered flooring is undoubtedly the most common construction we use at Ted Todd and Woodworks by Ted Todd.
Whilst for many years, and still to this day in some cases, solid wood flooring has reigned as a good quality choice, engineered wood flooring has the edge and is certainly the king when it comes to construction.
One of the most common questions we get asked is, ‘what’s the difference between solid and engineered hardwood flooring?’ – it’s a valid question; on appearance alone, these two very different types of wood flooring can seem near identical. 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, making it much more durable in even the most challenging of areas.
What is engineered wood flooring?
Engineered wood is superior to other constructions in many a sense, but the main advantage it has over the competition, is the tightly-packed structure.
By laminating hardwood layer upon hardwood layer, the floor becomes significantly harder wearing as each piece pushes back against one another, reducing the tendency to expand and misshapen – which is common with such a natural material.
Furthermore, an engineered wood floor can be loaded with a wear layer. This sits on top of the floor and usually is anywhere between 3mm and 6mm in thickness, allowing you to softly sand down the floor throughout the years, returning such to its original state, and making your floor a lifetime investment with the correct care and attention.
This top layer can then be applied with several treatments to protect your floor from the challenges of daily life. Oils and lacquers, all of which have their own advantages, are applied slowly over and over again by our Cheshire based artisans – they really go the extra mile in order to ensure your engineered wooden flooring is suitably protected and lasts the decades you come to expect from Ted Todd.
As well as being more stable than solid wood our engineered options are much better suited to use above underfloor heating, making them a perfect choice for modern living rooms and even hotel spaces.
Don’t solely think of engineered wood flooring solely as functional, however. We have a range of engineered options that are packed with beauty and added value.
Take Galion from our Woodworks by Ted Todd Native Timbers for example. Whilst this floor emulates the prestigious imagery you expect to find in old English estates, this is an engineered floor fit to stand the test of time. Above the layer of timber is a sizeable 4mm-6mm wear layer, which has been skip sawn for added texture and burnished hardwax oiled for yet more protection. The result is a truly beautiful engineered wood floor that can sit proudly at the spine of your project for a lifetime and beyond.
Engineered wood flooring doesn’t have to break the bank either. We have a engineered floor in every colour, every collection and at every price point. Calico from our Project collection epitomises this – a light, characterful engineered oak flooring with a hardened oil finish that is an delightful and affordable option for all project types.
What are the benefits of engineered wood flooring?
With a little care and attention, engineered real wood floors will last decades at the heart of your room, and can be easily restored to their ‘just-bought’ glory by either softly sanding the wear layer, or applying one of our Care Systems when necessary. The same cannot be said for cheaper manmade alternatives, such as LVT.
Whilst value engineering your project with these materials may be an attractive prospect, the reality is that these are not lifetime solutions and have a more negative impact than a wood floor over time, both from a financial and environmental perspective.
Installation-wise too, there are benefits to be reaped. 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.
Perhaps above all else, nothing can quite compare to the natural look, sound and feel of these timbers. Whether you select an engineered or solid option, you know you are getting the real deal; a flooring or cladding that links you back to nature in a pinch, granting relaxing and comforting feelings from each surface it graces.
How do you install engineered wood flooring?
Installing engineered wood flooring can be easily done by any professional or experienced flooring fitter and we have a number of guides available to assist the process.
We encourage you to only ever allow a professional to complete this task, as proper subfloor preparation and small details can make all the difference in achieving the perfect flooring installation.
Unlike solid wood floors, engineered ones do not need to be nailed or glued to the sub-floor, just be sure to check the specification sheet for reference.
Once installed, be sure to care for your engineered wood floor with the correct Care System to ensure it lasts the distance you come to expect from Ted Todd.
Care System 1 is for floors with hardened coatings and Care System 2 is designed with oil-based finishes in mind. We also have recently introduced Care Systems 3 and 4, which do the same, but have been carefully created for use on white floors. No matter the system you are required to use, make sure you apply such every few weeks to keep your floor in the best possible condition for as long as possible.
Which rooms can benefit from engineered wood flooring?
As mentioned, engineered flooring really has the edge over its flooring counterparts when it comes to durability, which makes it the perfect choice in even high traffic and densely used areas. Worry not about the colour being diminished over time, as a swift sanding of the wear layer will bring the floor back to life in an instant.
Living rooms, restaurants, marine projects, hallways – you name it, engineered wood flooring is the solution to the heart of your design. Plus, you need not be limited in your imagination with this flooring construction. From simple planks and herringbones to extravagant parquet de Versailles and geometric design panels, the engineered selection covers almost every flooring format you could possibly think of.
Suitable for underflooring heating (for which a box can be fitted to control temperature) and entirely splash resistant due to the carefully applied finishes, you can install these floors anywhere where you wouldn’t expect extreme amounts of spillage or heat.
If you remain unconvinced by the possibilities of engineered wood flooring, or need an injection of inspiration, be sure to head over to our projects page where you’ll find a vast ocean of designs that have perfectly utilised engineered wood floors throughout.
How to buy our engineered wood flooring
Our engineered wood flooring covers all colours, species and formats. So, whether you are looking for a dark coloured herringbone or a light super wide plank, we have a flooring solution to suit your specifications.
The full selection of our Ted Todd and Woodworks by Ted Todd wood flooring and cladding can be viewed online, or by visiting on of our Design Centres which are based in Cheshire and London. Plus, if you’re looking for a floor for personal use, be sure to drop by your local retailer who can offer help and advice every step of the way.
If you are a commercial customer, be sure to share your design with our experts – they have knowledge of every sector and challenge, and are sure to be able to recommend the ideal floor to suit your needs.
Order free samples
Starting your Ted Todd journey is quick and easy. Simply add up to three of your favourite floors to your basket, fill out your details, and we’ll ship them out to you as quickly as possible. That way, you can get on with the fun part; comparing, contrasting a feeling the floors to determine exactly what is right for you space, and if you need any help, you know where to find us…