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Guide to laminate, LVT and wood

Engineered Wood

These floors are constructed by bonding various layers of wood together in a cross-ply pattern. These layers, when combined, are significantly less sensitive to expansion and contraction than solid wood, which makes engineered wood a much more popular choice than a solid wood. This restriction of movement can prevent boards from cupping, gapping or pulling apart. A real wood veneer is then glued to the top of the plank to give a natural effect. The benefit of the real wood layer is that the plank can be repaired if it gets damaged. Just like a solid wood plank it can be sanded down and stained to bring back the original finish. The thickness of the plank will dictate how many times the floor can be sanded down.

Engineered wood floors can be supplied in planks of various widths and thicknesses. Wide plank wood floors are perfect for open plan living areas, whereas narrow planks are the perfect choice for hallways. Parquet, herringbone and chevron designs are all options available in engineered wood flooring.

Planks can be constructed from many different species of wood. Oak floors remain the most popular, but walnut flooring, rustic wood floors, white wood flooring and distressed wood floors are all very much sought after.


This popular flooring is made by compressing fibreboard into planks and covering the plank with a photographic image of various types and designs of wood. The finished plank is then treated with a protective spray. Laminate is suitable for high traffic areas such as hallways and living rooms.

Laminate flooring is extremely tough and is typically guaranteed for many years. Laminate flooring is cost effective and simple to install. At 123floor we work with a selection of manufacturers to offer the widest range of designs.


You’ll see this term and probably wonder what it means. It stands for Luxury Vinyl Tiles. These are modern tiles which come in practically any design you can imagine. We have everything from wood effect, colours to mosaics. LVT is exceptionally hard wearing and when fitted properly it's water resistant, so ideal for high footfall areas, bathrooms and kitchens. 


This type of flooring design is where we use short planks of wood to make a geometric design, the most popular designs are herringbone or chevron.

Solid wood

As you’d expect each plank is made from one piece of wood. The beauty of solid wood is that it will show the natural features of wood, for example knots, and it can be sanded down and refinished many times. The thicker the original plank, the more times you’ll be able to restore it. Some woods are softer than others and will therefore be more prone to dents and scratches.

A solid wood floor is best suited to hallways and living areas, the original classic flooring which comes in a wide range of woods and colours. Typically, a solid wood floor is more expensive than engineered wood, however its longer lasting and versatile.