Solid Or Engineered ?

Which do I need for my project ?

Solid oak traditional floorboards

More character and interest can be included due to the full 19mm thickness… knots and wild grain hold together better.

  • Areas where there is a greater chance of temperature and humidity changes i.e. larger areas that are only heated for events, floors with an outside airflow beneath them, floors above potentially damp cellars etc.
  • Where wide boards are required and budget is tight ( wide boards require double engineering for stability which is costly )
  • Historic projects where there is a requirement for ‘like for like’ replacement

Notes:

  • Solid oak wide board flooring can be and has often been laid over UFH… see specific guidelines.
  • Multi-ply can move more than the oak in damp conditions and is non-durable so can de-laminate/disintegrate over time.

Single engineered oak floorboards

Character will be lighter as heavier character can ‘break out’ when the oak is machined to the thinner wearing layers.

  • Use in Warm dry areas where there is little risk of becoming cold or damp for longer periods.
  • Use over UFH where the flooring is always warm and the added stability of the multi-ply base is restricting movement.

Double engineered oak floorboards

Whippletree recommend double engineered where wide and long boards are required. The multi-ply core has a slightly different movement rate to the oak which can cause cupping and bow on these larger boards. The double engineering creates a ‘ply sandwich’ which balances the difference in movement.

  • Character will be lighter as heavier character can ‘break out’ when the oak is machined to the thinner wearing layers.
  • Use in Warm dry areas where there is little risk of becoming cold or damp for longer periods.
  • Use over UFH where the flooring is always warm and the added stability of the multi-ply base is restricting movement.
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