Engineered wood is usually a more cost-effective option to solid wood flooring and is sometimes thought of as better than ‘real wood’ because it is more stable i.e. it doesn’t shrink and expand in the same way that real wood does. It’s perfect to create a ‘real’ wood effect and is more commonly used than solid wood because it is easier to fit and has great qualities, plus you can also use underfloor heating with engineered wood flooring.
By pressing multiple layers of real timber into planks engineered wood is created. The layers are a variety of thicknesses and run in different directions providing increased stability compared to that of solid wood. Just as with real wood, engineered wood requires ongoing maintenance and should be treated every few years (depending on traffic every 3-5 years) by sanding down and re-oiling. The top layer of engineered wood is ‘real wood’ therefore needs treating just the same way.