Laminate flooring and engineered floors

aren’t nailed down like conventional floor boards. Laminate flooring and engineered floors are laid over an existing timber floor, concrete, tiles, particle board, plywood, etc. Floor layers install an underlay underneath the floor first in order to provide good noise insulation. For this reason, these floors are ideal for use in multi-storey apartment buildings and homes.

Laminate flooring uses a thin laminate print to create a timber finish effect. For this reason this type of flooring cannot be sanded and re-polished. On the other hand, laminate floors require much lower maintenance in the long run than real timber floating floors.

The surface of  the engineered timber floors is created by a thin softwood or hardwood layer. An adhesive bonds this veneer to a high-density ply or fibreboard substrate. Engineered boards are manufactured with the pre-coated surface. The use of the real timber veneer provides an option of refinishing the timber surface after years. 

There are several installation scenarios available for engineered floors :

  • Floating – over an underlayment.
  • Using flooring adhesive to bond the board to a substrate
  • Installation over battens, similar to the installation of structural floors.  

Floating floors

are either engineered timber floors, laminate flooring or bamboo floors. Products are available in  patented jointing system or in tongue and groove version. Floating floors are ready to walk on once installed. Generally speaking they usually don’t require sanding and finishing. Many of modern floating floors can be dismantled , in that case an easy access and repair of damaged boards or a section is possible.

Bamboo floor

The Bamboo option Bamboo is a renewable resource that grows faster than timber. In the fact it is grass. The bamboo flooring has very hardwearing and durable surface. For these reasons is becoming a popular flooring alternative to timber. In spite of Bamboo flooring being relatively new, it comes in a range of styles and colours and because it is pre-finished, installation is fast. In another words: properties like renewable, hardwearing, pre-finished, re-sandable, plesand appearance are resulting in an excelent choice.