SOLID WOOD FLOORING:
Wood flooring is any flat surface manufactured from timber that is designed for use as flooring. Bamboo flooring is often considered a wood floor, although it is actually a grass.
Solid wood floor planks are typically 19 mm thick. Installation is done directly on timber beams, or onto a concrete slab with a sika (glue) product. Both types of installation are very susceptible to the effects of moisture and temperature variations, because hardwoods expand and contract with changes in the atmosphere.
Popular wood for solid wood flooring is Oak, Bamboo, Iroko, Teak, and Pine.
Instead of using one solid piece of hardwood, the engineered hardwood method involves the use of layers of plywood veneer to create a product which can range in thickness from 14 mm to 19 mm. Only the top 4 mm – 6 mm is the actual solid wood.
In order to create the super-engineered floor, these plywood veneer layers are stacked on top of one another with the grain of adjacent layers all in different directions. By doing this, the engineered hardwood becomes less susceptible to the effects of moisture and temperature changes, because wood expands and contract in the width of the grain direction. Solid hardwood does not have the same dimensional stability, because all the grains run in the same direction. Therefore, super-engineered hardwood is referred to as being dimensionally stable.
We install both super-engineered flooring and solid wood floors in the Garden Route area.