Wood Flooring: What Is It & Which Type Is Best?

Engineered wood has the look and feel of a solid wood floor without the hefty price tag. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing and affordable, its layers of timber boards and hardwood veneer covering also make it more stable than real wood. Durable, stylish and great value for money, engineered wood ticks all the boxes when it comes to enviable flooring.

Why choose wood flooring instead of solid wood flooring?


There are plenty of advantages to engineered wood flooring and in a lot of ways it certainly triumphs over solid wood.

For starters, it is suitable for installation over under-floor heating unlike solid wood flooring which expands and contracts when the heating goes on and off.

Engineered wood can also be installed anywhere (even in high-moisture areas where you might not normally expect to see a hardwood floor) and it also allows for a floating installation where the planks are neither stuck to the subfloor nor to each other, making it easier for repairs and removals to be carried out.

In addition, solid wood flooring is more prone to ‘gapping’, ‘crowning’ and ‘cupping’. ‘Gapping’ is when there is too much space between planks, ‘crowning’ occurs when humidity increases and ‘cupping’ is when the height of the plank along its edges is higher than the centre. All of these factors place engineered wood in a much more favourable light than solid wood flooring.

In a nutshell: the best types of engineered wood flooring

At Carpetright we offer a range of different engineered wood flooring including oak, walnut, beech and maple. Our exclusive wood flooring range from Kahrs is environmentally friendly and constructed from renewable and recyclable oak grown in Sweden.

Engineered oak flooring is a high-end luxury product which boasts a classic finish and a wide variety of shades and variations to choose from. A little pricier than its counterparts, engineered oak flooring is synonymous with strength and longevity, making it a firm household favourite.

Walnut flooring has a rich, dark colour with hints of purple – the perfect accompaniment for white or pale-coloured walls. Engineered walnut wood flooring is made up of three layers of hardwood and a layer of plywood or MDF.

Due to it being a softer wood than oak, walnut flooring isn’t suitable for high traffic areas of the house. Unlike dark walnut flooring, engineered beech flooring is naturally light and warm with brown and pink hues. Providing a welcoming atmosphere to any room, our engineered beech flooring is strong and durable due to its layered construction.

Engineered maple flooring is similar to beech in colour, meaning it can be paired with virtually any wall colour. Maple trees produce both hard and soft wood and the wood itself usually comes with a naturally straight grain which makes it particularly stable and sturdy.

Although each type of wood certainly has its benefits and its own style, in our eyes the best engineered wood flooring is oak. Strong and sturdy, oak is a global symbol of durability - a trait which every flooring should have.

Our Engineered Wood Buying Guide offers plenty of advice and inspiration if you’re thinking of making the switch to this stylish material. With information on its construction, materials and finish options, the buying guide is your virtual helping hand for all things engineered wood related.

And once you’ve settled on a type of flooring, have a look at our extensive rug selection and advice about underlays which can help increase the comfort level of your flooring.