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Laminate flooring is a popular floor covering that is constructed from large sheets of MDF or HDF, with a decorative paper layer bonded on top. The decorative paper is then toughened and protected by pressure bonding a clear lamination to the surface. Each complete sheet is then cut down into smaller sized planks. The planks are then machined with a profile on all 4 sides to enable them to be clicked together without any requirement for glue. Laminate floors are extremely popular due to their relatively low cost, hard-wearing nature, easy installation and the wide range of decors.
When we refer to engineered wood flooring, it is a reference to the various types of ways wood flooring is engineered and combined with a stable base such as plywood or HDF, making engineered floors truly practical and authentic in both appearance and feel. They are often referred to as parquet flooring and semi-solid flooring. This innovative construction provides extra strength to restrict the movement of the wood, making engineered wood flooring even more versatile. They come in all sorts of widths and lengths just like solids, but it is worth paying attention to the top layer of an engineered floor as thicker top layers mean that the floor can be sanded more and will last longer too.
There are many types of wood floors but solid wood flooring, also known as hardwood is, of course, the original timber floor. A solid wood floor is just as the name suggests. One piece of solid wood from top to bottom. Often finished with oil or lacquer and with tongue and groove edges. The manufacturing process is simple. Raw material logs and trunks of the chosen timber are cut down at sawmills worldwide into various lengths, widths and thicknesses. These raw timbers are then transferred to flooring factories where they are graded and further refined by cutting to specified sizes. They are then sanded and often machined with tongue and grooved ends or bevelled edges. The cut timbers are then kiln dried to bring them to a specific moisture level suited to the destination country. This creates an unfinished solid wood floor suitable for the consumer. Often the floor is prefinished with a lacquer or oil before packing into boxes.