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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

Ideas for adding real wood to your home

Use our creative ideas below which demonstrate how real wood can transform any interior.


Add authentic style with real wood

Bring the well-loved look of timber into your home with our real wood flooring available in a choice of shades and styles to suit any design.