Engineered Wood Flooring

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We are open for business as usual (although there here is nothing usual about this situation) with our transport company (Brooks Transport) who are designated by the government as critical to the covid response. We are still delivering direct to door or site, (however collections or visits to the warehouse are not possible.) Our IT systems allow us to work from home so our staff are protected. Please Call or Email Us for samples or orders. Our factories are back to full capacity and the supply chain is operating effectively which can be seen here. As a trade supplier we have a minimum requirement of 50m2 for any samples and supplies. Please call 01666 504015 if you require less. For Government advice please click here. Even with these steps we have made, we must pull together, support one another, and get through this as a group, a family, and feel proud to say to our wider community we are critical to the Covid-19 response, and we will support it for as long as we are able. Stay safe, stay well, look after yourself, and each other.

The Building Centre will be open fully with the café back and exhibitions in place from Monday 12th April 2021. In the meantime, you can book visits in advance by contacting The Building Centre directly on 020 7692 4000. Please note that we do not have any representatives based at this showroom, but you can call us during your visit to talk through the options on display on 01666 504 015.

The Tetbury showroom is strictly by appointment only, maximum of two people with social distancing and face coverings required. Please call 01666 504 015 to book an appointment.

Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered Wood Flooring is made in many different ways. Engineered floors mean that the Oak, Walnut or Maple top layer has been glued to a backing board for stability and sustainability. There are many reasons for making engineered wood floors and some of the main ones are listed below:

Engineered Wood Flooring Viking Museum
Check out our Engineered Wood Flooring at the Jorvik Viking Museum here.


We can get more than 4 times more flooring from the same tree.


Engineered floors are more stable because the solid oak is either 4mm or 6mm thick. The backing layers are very stable with the grain perpendicular to the top surface grain.

Saving Precious Resource:

The top of the tongue on an engineered board is nearly the same distance from the top surface as a solid wood floor. This can be seen in the image below:

Saving Precious Resource on Engineered Wood Flooring


Modern adhesives means that there is no formaldehyde emissions when gluing and making plywood, and we use Dynea adhesives to glue the top layer to the plywood.

Different backing layers:

There are plywood backs called multilayer engineered wood floors or 3 layers where there is a thick middle layer and a thin back layer to make up the engineered board.

Multilayer Engineered Flooring:

The image below shows a multilayer engineered board with a solid Oak top layer.

Multilayer Engineered Wood Flooring

3 Layer Engineered Wood Floors:

The image below shows a 3mm solid Oak top and a 9mm Poplar middle with a 2mm thick Poplar back. Poplar is a fast growing hardwood so we are saving our precious Oak trees. This can be sanded many times and is perfect for underfloor heating. It is not a structural board unlike the 20mm thick multilayer engineered floors.

3 Layer Engineered Wood Flooring
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