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Buying Guide

Real wood flooring buying guide

Real wood, or engineered wood, introduces real timber to your home in a more affordable way than solid wood. Below you can discover its benefits, the different types available, and ideas on how to introduce this versatile material to your space.

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What is engineered flooring made of?

Real wood, also known as engineered wood, is made up of several laminate layers that are topped with a solid timber layer for an authentic wood effect. The laminate layers minimise the impact of environmental factors like humidity and moisture, offering a stable wood alternative.
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What is the difference between engineered wood and real wood flooring?

Where real wood is made from a mix of timber and manmade layers, solid wood is completely made of solid timber. This requires regular maintenance and is long-lasting, whilst real wood is quicker to fit and more affordable. You can also fit underfloor heating under engineered wood.

What are the benefits of real wood?

Cost-effective and easy to refresh over time, real wood is a practical option that will look good for years to come. Read on to discover more benefits below.

What are the different types?

With a wide selection of shades and patterns to choose from, it is easy to bring the look of natural elements to your home.

Types of real wood