Choosing The Right Oak Flooring For You
Which Oak Flooring is Right For Me?
The answer to this question depends on several factors such as;
- Where is the flooring being fitted?
- What width of board is preferred?
- What installation method is being used?
But a plain and simple fact that may help you to decide immediately which product range is best for your project is this:
Engineered Oak Flooring has been designed to provide better stability than Solid Oak Flooring, whilst also offering a substantial wear layer of oak for durability and long life. Our 15mm engineered oak has a minimum wear layer of 4mm and our 21mm engineered oak has a wear layer of 6mm, thus providing virtually as much durability as an 18mm thick solid oak.
The days of Engineered Oak being confused with laminate are long gone; the construction and the quality of our Engineered Oak Flooring provides incredible stability and will simply ‘behave itself’ more than Solid Oak in virtually every installation situation. More information on the differences on our Solid Oak Flooring v Engineered Oak Flooring page.
To emphasise this point further, the percentage of sales for engineered and solid oak flooring has changed over the past 5 years from 50/50 to more like 80/20 in favour of engineered.
I have Under Floor Heating (UFH)?
If you are fitting your oak floor over underfloor heating then one of our engineered oak floors is the best place to start. The high quality plywood underside on our engineered oak and the strong bond between this and the oak wear layer, means that the floor will provide excellent stability and be far less prone to dimensional changes after installation.
If you are looking to achieve the maximum efficiency from your UFH system then we recommend our unique and exclusive ThruFlow Under Floor Heating Efficient engineered product, which has been specifically designed for installation over UFH, improving the heating system efficiency by up to 20%.