Enginnered wood flooring consists of three or four layers of wood, glued together at right angles to create a plank around 14mm thick. It has a real wood veneer of around 4mm thick on top, which means it can be sanded back and treated to restore the original finish if it becomes scuffed, worn or damaged.
Enginnered wood flooring can be laid anywhere it won’t be exposed to water or a humid atmosphere. It is time-consuming, fiddly and noisy to lay wood on stairs, and in some places it is hard to achieve a good finish around toilet pans and pedestals.
Wood flooring is made from a single piece of wood, typically 18-20mm thick. It is usually fitted using tongue-and-groove. All types of wood flooring have a hardness score, which indicates how easily they can be damaged, dented or worn by everyday wear and tear.
Solid wood flooring can be sanded back to restore the finish, the number of times is determined by how deep the tongue is set from the top of the board.
Real wood floors can be laid anywhere with a relatively constant atmosphere, great in hallways and living areas where you can show it off.