Engineered Hardwood Timber Flooring
Why Choose Engineered Timber Flooring
Since their invention in the 1960s, engineered wood floors have improved in appearance and performance, accounting for 30 percent of all the wood flooring sold in America today. Available in dozens of wood species, and with new surface effects, such as hand scraped, for a timeworn patina, these high-tech boards now look just right in any vintage house, whether it’s a 1910 foursquare or a ’70s raised ranch.
A quality engineered wood flooring is constructed of multiple layers that are stacked in a cross structure. It is this structure that gives engineered wood flooring its strength and durability. The top layer of the board is commonly known as the ‘Wear layer’ and is 100% solid hardwood. You can find some cheaper ranges where this layer is made up of a number of strips of wood. However if you are looking for a traditional and quality looking board then we would suggest choosing a ‘single strip’ wear layer which is made up of one section of timber. When comparing boards, you will see that the wear layer differs in thickness between ranges. The thicker the wear layer the more times the board can be sanded back in years to come and the longer the life expectancy. Here at JFJ Wood Flooring, we stock a variety of wear layer thicknesses – the thinnest have a wear layer of 3mm, and our thickest ‘Supreme’ range has a wear layer depth of 6mm which can last just as long as a solid wood board!
If you use a high quality treatment such as Treatex hardwax oil your floor will be much easier to maintain and look after. This high quality, tried and tested product will not only help to protect the boards from scratches, scuffs and stains, it will also enhance the natural features of your real wood flooring. Real wood will naturally fall victim to scuffs and scratches and nothing can prevent this 100%, but Treatex have a number of maintenance products to help you replenish any imperfections that may be caused to your floor over the years. This is a far better way to go than many other types of treatment that are very difficult to maintain once marked in any way. Treatex is also very stain and water resistant making it the perfect treatment for areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, dining room etc. Here at JFJ we stock Treatex products and are more than happy to and offer advice about how best to apply the treatments.