Engineered Oak Flooring
Engineered oak flooring is essentially, a 6mm solid oak floor board bonded to a strong, stable, tongue and grooved plyboard base, to create a 20mm floor board available in various widths and lengths.
The great benefit of engineered flooring is that it can be laid using the traditional methods of nailing or screwing to battens, it can be glued to a concrete floor in any width, or it can be laid as a floating floor over an underlay sheet.
An engineered oak floor, once laid, is indistinguishable from a solid oak floor.
As a supplier of solid oak flooring, we were a little hesitant to supply engineered oak boards, but having seen an engineered floor laid, even we couldn't tell the difference!
There has been a fair amount of confusion over the difference between engineered flooring and laminate flooring.
Laminate flooring (or floating wood tile as it is known in Canada and the United States) is a synthetic flooring comprised of a printed plastic top bonded to a ply or fibreboard backing. The printed top layer can be made to "look" like a real wood floor, but we've yet to see one that does!
Due to there simplicity in design, laminate floors are one of the easiest types of DIY flooring which makes them popular with homeowners and developers needing a quick hard surfaced floor, however it is vital that laminate boards are not placed in areas of dampness and humidity as this can cause them to lift and warp.
Peak Oak Unfinished Engineered Oak Flooring
Our unfinished engineered boards are made up of a 6mm top layer of European oak, bonded to a base board of 14mm Siberian Birch ply (11 layers of ply).
Once laid, you cannot tell the difference between our unfinished engineered flooring and our unfinished solid oak flooring!
Hakwood Engineered Flooring
In business since 1903, Hakwood were one of the pioneers of engineered flooring and have developed a huge range of floor styles, colours and textures of prefinished and unfinished flooring.
Hakwood is very much the "Rolls Royce" of engineered flooring!
We can supply you with any board from Hakwood's range at unbeatable prices - simply give us a call on 01538 304584.
Where To Use Engineered Oak Flooring
While traditional solid oak flooring is susceptible to movement caused by changes in humidity, an engineered oak board is much less prone to these changes.
This means that engineered oak flooring can be used in areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and conservatories and where underfloor heating has been fitted.
Fitting Engineered Oak Flooring
Like all natural wood flooring, before you even think about fitting your engineered oak boards, they should first be left to fully acclimatise to their surroundings.
The longer the boards are left to acclimatise, the better the final result will be - ideally a minimum of 3 weeks.
Before fitting your floor, you should first check that the sub-floor is completely dry and completely flat.
When fitting to timber joists or plywood sub-floors, check that these are completely free from rot and treated for woodworm.
Nailing Or Screwing Down Your Floor
Whilst traditionally oak boards were nailed through their top surface into the floor joists below, these days, thanks to the introduction of tongue and groove boards, a more discreet method is used.
Secret nailing or screwing, involves using a nail gun or power driver to drive the fixing through the tongue of each board into the sub-floor or joist.
As the tongues are hidden by the groove of the next board, the fixings are also hidden, producing a fixing free finish to the laid floor.
Gluing Down Your Floor
When gluing down oak flooring, it is vital to use an adhesive specific to the job.
The glue has to be extremely strong yet also flexible enough to allow for some movement in the wood.
If you use a rigid glue, your oak floor will most likely split or buckle and could even cause structural damage to your home.
Maintaining Your Engineered Oak Floor
Engineered oak floors are as easy to maintain as solid oak floors.
Sweep or vacuum the floor regularly to keep dust and grit off the surface and a wipe with a damp mop will help to keep your boards looking as good as new.
For boards which have been finished with a hardwax oils, there are a number of Wash and Care products available, which have been specifically designed to clean and maintain the look of your oak flooring.