Engineered wood flooring holds the same charm and character as solid wood flooring but without the problems generally found with solid wood, like shrinking and movement. Engineered flooring is constructed to withstand shrinking and warping due to its complex cross layer construction. This technique
stabilises the flooring and strengthens it to withstand such changes.
Engineered oak flooring is hardly distinguishable from solid wood due to its top layer of oak that is fixed to the base layer. This type of flooring is virtually maintenance free, is more cost effective than solid wood without the shrinking and warping that happens to solid oak flooring.
If you were to have underfloor heating, engineered wood flooring is ideal as it handles an arid environment. The added heat from the pipes or electric strips will not effect the durable base layer of the flooring.
The extra advantages of engineered oak flooring is that it is easy to install. It generally clicks together with a tongue and groove method and is ideal when fitting to a concrete subfloor.
You do not need to acclimatise engineered wood flooring like yo do with solid wood flooring. Solid wood flooring usually needs up to a week in the household before it can be laid
An engineered oak floor can be fitted the moment it arrives and does not need the acclimatisation of a solid oak floor which needs a period of at least a week in the room before being laid.