Solid/Hardwood is a natural product that is solid timber from the surface to the base, which has been machined to ensure a variety of different thickness’, for example 18mm. The surface may then be treated in a number of ways, such as lacquered, stained or brushed and oiled. Solid/hardwood flooring allows you to sand and re-finish the product many more times than with an engineered floor, which has a veneered surface.
Engineered wood has a man made backing, which can be made up of multiple layers of ply (multi-ply) and a hardwood veneer on the surface. Similar to the the hardwood/solid wood, the surface can be treated in many different ways giving it different designs. The veneer can also be sanded and re-finished. One of the benefits of an engineered wood floor is that you still have the luxury of walking on real wood, but in areas that a solid/hardwood flooring may not be appropriate, such as conservatories or orangeries.
Both ranges of flooring can be manufactured using a number of different species of timber, ranging from oak, beech, walnut and acacia and both offer the unique quality and beauty of real wood.