Avoid the problems of expansion and contraction normally associated with solid wood, thanks to our engineered wood flooring installations. If solid wood is an antique Rolls Royce – beautiful, dependable, but requiring some care and attention – then engineered wood flooring is a modern Bentley. It’s got the looks, it has the style, and it performs impeccably under almost any conditions.
Engineered wood flooring is made by taking three layers – a solid wood layer; a softwood core; and a supporting layer – and compressing them together at great pressures. The result is a composite board that has some of the characteristics of laminate wooden flooring (it’s light, it fits together easily, and it can be fully installed as a floating floor), without losing the heft and beauty of the real deal.
The floating floor method of installation involves putting down a base layer of screed topped with the required underlay, then clicking the engineered wood floor into place on top. No fixing is required: the weight of the floor keeps it lying flat.
Engineered wood flooring may also be used as a fully structural element in a traditional room, with the tongue and groove stuck together using flooring adhesive and the boards nailed through to the joists, as they would be with traditional floor boards.
The middle core of the engineered wood is soft to create a natural seal between each tongue and groove, making it impossible for any cracks to appear between the boards over time. This makes engineered wood flooring an ideal option for people who suffer from allergies or have sensitive respiratory systems. With nowhere for dust, dirt and bacteria to build up, there’s nowhere for allergens to hide.
The mid core is also treated with a stabilising agent, which resists the normal expansion and contraction of wood as it is exposed to fluctuating levels in humidity and overall room temperature.
Engineered wood flooring looks virtually indistinguishable from solid natural wood floors, when it is completely installed. It’s available in a range of grains and hues to mimic the real appearance of a variety of solid wood species, and the wood from which it has been constructed is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) approved.
Engineered wood may also be used with under floor heating, provided that specific guidelines are followed. An underlay suitable for use with under floor heating must be present between the wood floor and the heating substrate. Our engineered wood flooring fitters are able to design your new flooring system with or without heating, as required.
Tulvira works closely with a number of trusted heating engineers, plumbers and electricians to provide the combined construction services you need. We are also committed to providing you with the best quality advice about the products and fitting services that are right for your needs and your environment.
Engineered wood flooring is particularly well suited to office environments including reception spaces; hotels and hospitality environments; and domestic properties where the existing floor surface is built on concrete or hard screed.
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