Engineered wood vs solid wood flooring

26th June 2013

If you are trying to decided between engineered wood vs solid wood flooring, check out our samples in our showroom, in the meantime…read our blog!

Why would you choose an engineered wood vs solid wood floor? Engineered wood is comprised of layers of hardwood which are pressed together on to the top of plywood. With this process it will add extra strength. One of the reasons an engineered floor is a good choice is that most of them these days come with a lock system which is the same as the laminated flooring, which gives a quicker installation and is less expensive to install – which importantly will keep costs down. If you have concrete flooring, then engineered wood can be installed on top, unlike a solid wood floor which needs to nailed to an existing wooden floor. Now, if you are thinking of investing in underfloor heating, then engineered will be the choice for you. Solid wood floors are just not suitable for this type of heating, whereas engineered boards are perfect for this. If you have ever had a wooden floor, you may have noticed that gaps can sometimes appear. What I mean by this is the gaps between the boards. Solid wood can warp if it is in humid conditions unlike the engineered board which is less likely to do so, because of the layers in an engineered board, it is much more stable than a solid wood floor. An engineered board would also be recommended for flooring in basements, where damp can occur and conservatories where temperatures and humidity can change causing rot. In truth, a solid wood floor can be sanded as many times as you would want in a lifetime, whereas an engineered board can be sanded around five times in its life, which is more than enough. This depends on the thickness of the top layer of real wood. If you are going to do this, we would recommend that a professional as you do not want to go in too far and show the plywood which is underneath the real wood layer. When installing a solid wood floor we would use nails, whereas an engineered floor will float, by this we mean it is not nailed down to the existing wooden floor. This means if any damage occurs or a board needs replacing, then it is much easier to fix the problem unlike a solid wood floor which, when down, is pretty permanent. The cost of an engineered floor is another reason as it tends to be less expensive. For more information on engineered wood vs solid wood, contact First Floors at david@first-floors.co.uk You can also view samples (which are extra large to allow you to walk on them) in our showroom at 176 Fenwick Road, Giffnock G46 6YD.

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Customer Reviews

Jim Hillier 1st June 2022

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Absolutely Delighted with the Conduct and Quality of Work. My Wife and I decided to replace our Bedroom Carpet and lay down wooden flooring for our Hall. We noticed that there was a possible supplier for flooring at first floors shop on Fenwick Road. We met up with David and Graham and explained that we were looking for quality products for both Items. We were shown flooring possibilities from their extensive range of designs and thicknesses and soon found a product that we were interested in. We were delighted to find out that they had carpet selections at the back of the shop which surprised us; you could not appreciate the size of the place from the shop front! We chose a carpet that we thought met our specifications and were given a reasonable sized sample to take home to see how it would look in our room taking into account of our particular lighting conditions. First Floors sent out a guy to take measurements for floor, accessory fittings and carpet.
Being very happy with the proposition given to us and estimates of work completion dates and prices we went ahead with the order. Graham kept us updated with the schedule and I am happy to say that the work was carried out on time and was completed to a very high quality with which we were both delighted with.
I would be happy to reference this company for anyone who is interested in upgrading their floors or replacing carpets.

Alastair Barrie 2nd June 2022

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Good selection, service and fitting.We were able to take home some samples to select the carpet that was just right for our room. There was a delay in our furniture arriving and First Floors were very accommodating in putting our fitting date back to suit. The fitting went very well indeed - couldn’t have been easier.

Olive Leitch 1st May 2022

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Excellent service from First Floors. All staff including fitters have been helpful and gave a friendly professional service. My new stair carpet has been fitted very well and already received many complements

Linda McBrearty 27th April 2022

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Excellent service with care. On our first visit to the showroom, David advised and helped us with our choice but never rushed us and gave us lots of confidence in making our final choice of engineered wooden flooring. Our new build home was delayed for a few months and during this time David and his team waited patiently with us until the flooring was able to be fitted! The fitting throughout our new house was more than excellent. The care and attention to detail was everything we could have hoped for, our thanks to the fitting team. We would have no hesitation in recommending First Floors, their professionalism and customer service was 100%.

Anna Smylie April 2021

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Fantastic service. David gave me great advice on which flooring would be most suitable for my business premises. Within the week Steven came to fit the flooring and, as promised, was in and out in a day. Can’t recommend this local Company enough. Anna Smylie ZuZu Giffnock.

Dawn Henry November 2021

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We recently purchased engineered oak flooring and carpets from First Floors. The customer service from David and team was exceptional. We had just moved home from overseas and bought a house with no floors so we did not have access to allow First Floors to measure. Theye allowed us to use our own measurements as we wanted the floors laid ASAP once we had the keys. The floor is beautiful and laid very professionally (thanks Steven). The carpets are also lovely and exactly what I wanted. The only thing I would change about the experience would be to have First Floors assess the house in advance. We have fire doors which were a problem the day the carpets were laid. This was not the issue of First Floors and it was resolved quickly. Thanks again David, we would highly recommend First Floors to anyone.

Ian and Lesley Proctor January 2022

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Another Great Job Done!!
Just had our third floor project in seven years completed by First Floors once again.
Great service from David and his showroom team from assisting in the selection of materials through to arranging the installation. Chris and his team worked tidily and efficiently on the hardwood flooring with great attention to detail. Gordon who fitted the stair carpet was very professional in his work and was able to resolve some problematic details to our entire satisfaction.
Would definitely recommend First Floors.

Gavin Reid 18/08/20

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We recently had First Floors install laminate flooring in our lounge and hallway and are absolutely delighted with the final result! It has been finished to a high standard with great attention to detail.

Having had a rough idea of what we were looking for, David helped find the perfect flooring for both rooms.

We were booked in quickly and kept informed throughout the process.

We would definitely recommend and use again.

Christine Sharp 23/08/20

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Wee have recently had a new laminate floor laid in our upstairs hall. We are very happy with the result and feel the level of workmanship and finishing detail was excellent

Chris Milne 30/08.20

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Excellent service from first point of contact. Staff took time to discuss and review options, then worked to suitable timescale based around my schedule.
Work completed on time and to a very high standard, delighted with results.
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