Engineered Oak is a 3-layer 100% wood construction board, with a surface layer of genuine oak. This gives it the authentic style of true Hardwood Flooring, without the cost. Most are easy to install thanks to the 2G/5G click system. 5G installation can be up to 25% quicker than other systems – Herringbone styles can be a little more complicated. There are a wide range of oak colourings and styles to choose from, but all are sophisticated and stylish additions to your home.
The Engineered Oak we stock has a real wood layer board construction which gives the end user a strong, durable floor which looks great and is easy to fit. Engineered flooring also includes a 4 sided v-groove and is suitable for underfloor heating.
What is the Engineered Oak Flooring click system?
5G® is a globally recognised locking system used by more than 100 floor producers around the world. With 5G, floor installation has never been easier - do it in a snap! These locking systems are based on a single action installation method suitable for all types and widths of floor products.
The 5G locking systems are optimised for wood and laminate flooring products in thicknesses up to 22mm or more. When a panel is folded down, a flexible plastic tongue is pushed into a tongue-groove.
As the panel reaches its final position, the tongue snaps out into a wedge groove, emits a ”click” sound and locks the product in to place.
- Fastest & easiest installation
- Strong locking provided by plastic tongue
- Large tolerance window
- For thicknesses down to 4mm.
- For more information on 5G locking systems, please click here.
Engineered Oak Flooring - The pros and cons
There is a slight misconception with some of our customers that Engineered Hardwood Flooring is the same as Laminate; it is not. Unlike Solid Hardwood Oak Flooring, Engineered Oak is made up of multiple layers. The top and the bottom layer is 100% natural wood, and the middle is typically built from 5-8 layers of plywood that crisscross in different directions.
Engineered Flooring is less likely to expand and contract when exposed to moisture and humidity making it a great option in rooms that are subject to moisture (kitchen and bathroom) and heat (conservatories or rooms with underfloor heating). The downfall of this type of flooring is that the process of sanding and re-finishing can’t be carried out as many times as with Solid Hardwood Flooring, so not recommended generally in areas where there is high foot traffic.
Check out our Engineered Hardwood Oak Flooring Buyers Guide for more information.
Is Engineered Wood Flooring suitable for kitchens?
As mentioned previously, Engineered Hardwood Flooring is much more durable and able to withstand changes in temperature, humidity and moisture far better than Solid Wood Flooring. This makes it a perfect addition in a kitchen area.
Can Engineered Wood Flooring be used with underfloor heating?
Yes. Engineered Hardwood Flooring has been designed and made for dimensional stability. This stability will allow your floor to expand and contract with the daily changes in temperature from underfloor heating.
Please refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for more information.
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