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What is engineered timber flooring?

Engineered timber flooring represents a robust fusion of hardwood timber and an engineered wood backing board, creating a multilayered flooring solution. Unlike solid hardwood, which consists of one solid plank, engineered hardwood flooring utilizes a thin layer of hardwood, securely bonded with multiple layers of top-grade plywood through a process involving intense heat.

The result is a flooring option that boasts enhanced durability and improved sustainability while retaining the breathtaking appearance of solid hardwood. Needless to say, we are highly enthusiastic supporters of this remarkable choice.

Is engineered timber flooring real timber?

Absolutely, without a doubt. This flooring is genuinely constructed from layers of plywood with a premium solid hardwood top layer, making it unquestionably authentic timber. The remarkable aspect is that it comes at a mere fraction of the cost while retaining the cherished natural appearance of solid timber that we adore.

What are the advantages of engineered timber flooring?

1. Same Timeless Timber Aesthetics – Engineered timber flooring boasts an identical appearance to solid hardwood, exuding the same stunning charm.

2. Enhanced Durability – Thanks to its multi-layered composition, engineered timber flooring offers exceptional durability, significantly reducing the risk of warping over time.

3. Cost-Effective Choice – Undeniably, this option is much more affordable than solid hardwood, without compromising on the natural timber allure we cherish.

4. Sanding and Refinishing Capability – Engineered timber flooring can be easily sanded and refinished to address scuffs and scratches that may occur with use. Our range is thick enough to withstand multiple refinishing, although we recommend caution with products from other companies that might not offer the same durability.

5. Extensive Variety – With a wide array of options, engineered timber flooring provides a diverse range of choices, making it a delightful challenge to settle on the perfect match for your space.

6. Versatile Plank Sizes – Unlike most hardwood options with fixed plank widths, engineered timber flooring grants you the flexibility to choose the ideal widths that complement your surroundings.

7. Easy Installation – The layered construction of engineered timber flooring allows for multiple installation methods, making the process a breeze.

8. Environmental Friendliness – A fascinating fact: one solid hardwood plank can produce up to seven pieces of high-quality engineered timber. Additionally, our engineered timber is responsibly sourced from sustainable forests, ensuring a much greener choice for the environment.

Discover more advantages of engineered timber flooring by reading our blog for further insights.

Is engineered timber flooring waterproof?

Both engineered and solid wooden flooring have their unique strengths, and while no genuine wooden flooring is entirely waterproof, they each offer exceptional qualities. However, when it comes to handling water and humidity, engineered timber flooring stands out as the more durable option. This advantage is thanks to its multi-layered structure, making it more resilient in such conditions compared to solid hardwood.

Can you tell the difference between hardwood and engineered hardwood?

Engineered timber flooring is virtually identical to hardwood since it features a solid oak top veneer, and you have the flexibility to select from various thickness options, including 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, and 6mm.


What is a floating floor?

At Sandpaper Plus, we do offer floating floors as an option for installation. However, we believe it’s essential to inform our customers about the different installation methods available, so they can make an informed decision based on their preferences and requirements.

Floating floors can be a suitable choice for some customers due to their easy installation without the need for glue or nails. It’s essential to note the following considerations:

1. Comfort: While floating floors are generally comfortable to walk on, some customers may prefer other installation methods for a more specific underfoot feel.

2. Refinishing Options: Floating floors cannot be sanded or resanded as easily as other flooring types, which may be an important factor for those who anticipate frequent refinishing needs.

3. Click System: The click system used in floating floors is a convenient installation method; however, some customers may prefer alternative methods for their timber flooring.

Ultimately, we are here to provide expert advice and guide our customers towards the flooring solution that best meets their needs, whether it’s floating floors or other available options. The decision is entirely up to the customer’s preferences and priorities.

Can a timber floor be installed on concrete?

Absolutely! Timber flooring can be installed on top of concrete, and in fact, a significant portion of our projects involve installing timber flooring over concrete surfaces. However, it’s crucial to ensure that your concrete has the appropriate level of tolerance and qualifies for a straightforward direct-stick installation method.

No need to worry, though, as our expert installation team will take care of all the necessary checks and calculations. We’ll handle the details to ensure a stress-free and successful installation, leaving you with a beautiful timber floor that complements your space perfectly.

Can I have wooden flooring if I have a pet?

For sure! Everyone loves a good timber floor, even our fuzzy friends. Just make sure you keep your pet’s claws trimmed to prevent any scratches to your timber flooring.

How do I care for my timber floors?