Should I buy 3 layer natural wood flooring or multiply Engineered wood flooring?


Clients often ask: “when buying a hardwood floor should be done 3-Ply or multiply engineered wood flooring?” The answer comes down to 3 things.

1. The difference in cost

The cost of wood flooring has many variables. So for example, let’s say that both wood boards are oak, of the same length and width, and have the same finish. Roughly speaking, the wider Board with a longer length is more expensive because it consumes more wood in the production process.

Then lowered by the thickness of the Board. Those that are made for the economy tend to be 15 mm thick with a 3mm thick top veneer of oak. The first veneer layer, the second layer is made of block Board make up a large part of the product, the third layer is a thin layer of wood on the base. 3-layer boards can reach 20 mm in thickness, with the Veneer makes up 6mm of the Board. Buying a thicker Board stiffens the floor and prevents twisting and warping prior to installing.

3-layer Board should be about 20% cheaper than its multiply counterpart. If you are installing this type of floor in the room direct, with a dry level surface, you can be confident in the use of blackboard Economics.

2. Easy installation and stability of the installation

Multiply engineered wood boards with a thickness of typically 20 mm Top veneer of oak is 6 mm. the Other 14 mm is made of 1 mm layer of wood, grain of wood, placed at an angle of 90 degrees to the next layer. It makes the Board more stable when the temperature changes or humidity levels. In the center of the 3-ply and block Board, the tongue is often rough and uneven, which is repeatedly sanded and constant over the entire length of the Board, making it faster and easier to fit to the following Board.

3. Under Floor Heating

Real wood floors are a natural product and therefore may be affected by the temperature change. In the winter, because of the conditions of the drum created by Central heating, the wood contracts. In the summer, Windows are open to let good air flow through the building, increasing humidity and a actual wood floor begins to expand again.

This expansion and contraction is more when using floor heating with wooden flooring has a higher temperature and a large amount of moisture loss. That is why I recommend to multiply by the Council when choosing real wood floors go under the floor heating because of its stability and ease of installation.


If you are not a side in direct number to fit, that covers an existing flat wood floor, I wood recommend 3 layers engineered wood flooring.

If you are side on concrete floor, floor heating and the rooms with large temperature fluctuations throughout the year, for its stability and ease of installation, I would recommend multiply engineered wood flooring.

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