Timber Flooring Guide

We sell a wide range of Engineered Timber flooring that is natural, authentic and displays top artisian qualities.

What is Engineered Timber Flooring?

Engineered Timber flooring consists of three layers being: a top layer of hardwood, a core (normally hardwood, plywood or HDF) and a backing layer veneer. These layers are pressed together in opposing directions to create a single board. Engineered Timber floors are designed and manufactured specifically to be used for flooring making them a very stable alternative to solid timber floors.

Most engineered floors can be sanded and refinished in the same way as solid flooring, depending on the top layer thickness. A real benefit of an Engineered floor is its stability. They aren't as prone to shrinking or growing with humidity, and you will not get gaps between boards, like with solid flooring.

Benefits of Engineered Timber Flooring Vs Solid Floors?


Engineered wood floors are normally completely pre-finished, and as such are much quicker and easier to install, without site dust and coatings to worry about, as is the case with solid timber floors

Reduced emissions on site

Installed quickly

Live on immediately (solid wood floors take 4-5 weeks to install and finish)

Enhanced Dimensional Stability

The engineered construction ensures that engineered timber floors are up to 15 times less likely to shrink or expand compared to solid timber floors.

No set-downs or 'non-aesthetically pleasing' ramps

Engineered timber floors provide a 16mm finish which joins carpet and ceramics at the same height in most installations.

Better environmental credentials

Engineered timber are more efficient with the use of valuable hardwood resources.

Wood flooring is also biodegradable, recyclable and requires less energy to produce than other flooring options. Wood floors with environmental certification are always available.

Minimised subfloor preparation

Moisture barriers needed for concrete subfloor installations and other subfloor preparatory needs are reduced when installing engineered timber floors.

Solid hardwood floors on the other hand are normally nailed and glued down, and react more to moisture by expanding and shrinking.

As thick (re-sandable) as a solid timber floor

The surface layer of Timber floors offers the same re-sandablewear layer as a traditional solid timber floor


Can effectively be installed over most well stuck existing hard floors (ceramics etc)

A floating installation can be an especially good option in multi-storey dwellings to minimise noise, or where there are moisture problems with the sub-floor. It also provides the opportunity to use an underlay beneath the floor to assist with footfall noise reduction, warmth and insulation.

Soft on Foot

Although wood is considered a type of hard flooring it tends to still be softer than its counterparts such as ceramic tiles or polished concrete. This means that it is a little softer underfoot for customers with joint concerns.

Quick Step Timber

All Quick-Step timber floors are finished with an advanced lacquer to give your floor added resistance to wear, marks and scratches. The new water-repellent Protect+ technology also helps to prevent water from penetrating between joints of your floor as this often makes joints look tired or stained. This helps to keep the joints between the planks looking as good as new. The new Surface & Edge Protect+ technology can help to prevent mud, spilled foods and other dirt from getting stuck in the joints and texture of the timber.

Read online or shop the product range on Flooring Direct Ltd.

Godfrey Hirst Timber

The Godfrey Hirst Range of Timber products feature a Tru-Surface Stain technology with a hand crafted surface. All engineers timbers feature a Wearguard coating to keep your floor looking its best and are made from a Heavea core that gives each board maximum stability.

We understand that all this information can be overwhelming! And that's why we're here to help, every step of the way. Contact us and we'll happily assist!

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