Availability and Uses of Engineered Flooring
Availability and Uses of Engineered Flooring Engineered boards are available in a wide range of widths and lengths, but the variety is not as vast as that of solid wood flooring. This is because engineered boards have gone through an extra manufacturing process and it is the size of the backing boards that actually reduces the range.
The cross-ply structure of Engineered Flooring gives strength and stability which is a unique advantage over solid wood flooring.
This essentially means that it expands, contracts and warps a lot less. One advantage of this is that you can now lay this floor on top of its sub base without having to fix it to the sub-base.
This is called floating a floor. This is a huge advantage in places where the polished concrete floor is uneven, as you no longer have to spend time and money creating a perfectly level surface.
This superior structure and stability also means that it is suitable for kitchens and bathrooms where moisture levels vary considerably. Previously when only solid wood was available, floor fitters were very wary of fitting a solid floor in these areas.
Nonetheless, like any other wood, engineered wood flooring should not be exposed to excessive moisture.