Engineered boards are less likely to be effected by temperature fluctuations and there are more products widely available at range of price points. Yet, because they have a thinner layer of solid wood, they cannot be restored as many times.

Many people have the misconception that solid flooring is much more expensive than engineered flooring.

Unlike other types of flooring such as carpets and LVT, the price of wooden flooring is often varied throughout the same range. This will be due to the protective finishes, effects and woods applied and used throughout the manufacturing processes. However, with engineered planks in particular, there is a handful of reasons why some ranges are more premium than others.

Physical Appearance

Brushed

A brushed effect defines the natural grain patterns as the softer fibres are 'brushed' off the wood.
A brushed effect defines the natural grain patterns as the softer fibres are 'brushed' off the wood.

A brushed effect defines the natural grain patterns as the softer fibres are 'brushed' off the wood.

Handscraped

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A handscraped effect produces a slightly warped but smooth feel after the plank has been scraped.

Planed

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A planed effect produces a perfectly smooth and uniform plank. Ideal for contemporary homes.

Sawn

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A sawn effect produces a truly rustic wooden floor with distinctive features and exposed marks.

Protective Layer

Unfinished

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Unfinished boards are as they say on the tin. The manufacturer has not applied any finish meaning you have a blank canvas to oil, stain or paint as you wish.

Lacquered

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A lacquered finish provides the most hardwearing protective finish. Unlike an oil that seeps into the wood, a lacquer will sit on top in a transparent layer. 

Oiled

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An oiled finish tends to provide the most natural looking finish. Layers of nourishing oil are absorbed by the wood allowing the natural grains and knots to stand out. 

Fun Fact

It is often believed that oak is one of the strongest woods...

Did you know that BAMBOO has a greater tensile strength than TEEL and withstands compression better than CONCRETE!