Choosing your flooring

In the summer you may have the opposite problem: the wood will soak up the moisture in the atmosphere and expand, causing it to come away from the foundation beneath.

In other, more consistent climates, solid wood might fare better. But this same principle will apply to homes with air conditioning ( It is also not recommended to install these panels directly over under floor heating, as they will move about over time due to the heat and create an unstable surface.

In the short-term these subtle changes in movement may appear negligible, but in the long-term they may render your flooring dangerous or unsightly ( Thankfully, there is another solution to those of us whose homes fall prey to the unpredictability of the Britsh climate.

Engineered floorboards are made partly from solid oak, and partly from manufactured plywood. Plywood is made using high quality birch veneers that are layered together using incredibly strong adhesive. This makes them stronger in comparison to all natural oak, and more fitting for the fluctuating humidity in our homes.

Their resistant to moisture also makes these floorboards thoroughly resistant to water splashes and damp, unlike natural oak that will simply absorb it over time. This makes it an ideal flooring option for bathrooms and kitchens.

What’s more, the aesthetic quality of the product doesn’t need to be compromised, as the layer of wood that you see will be the ‘authentic’ layer, with the plywood acting as its foundation beneath ( So, you’ll reap all the benefits of an attractive oak floor, while appreciating the strength and durability of the added materials for years to come.

Most engineered boards can also be installed over under floor heating units, so there is no need to lose this element of your home in order to accommodate your new flooring. There is also a wide variety of finishes and colours to choose from – so whatever your interior style, there is bound to be something that appeals