Engineered ash flooring has been used throughout the ground floor of this contemporary home. Creating space, light and fluidity thoughout the open plan design. Engineered flooring is extremely popular in both the residential and commercial sector. It offers the appeal and look of a solid wood floor and is perfect for areas where underfloor heating is required. Engineered flooring is basically a top layer of solid wood that has been glued to a birch plywood base, this allows the floor to retain its stability. When you walk across it, it feels and sounds like a solid wood floor.
Engineered ash flooring lends itself beautifully to this design. Ash is a very tough and hardwearing timber so ideally suited for areas of high footfall. There are various ways of fitting an engineered floor. Produced with a tongue and groove on four sides it simply slots together. It can be secret nailed to a wooden sub-floor or can be glued down if laying onto a concrete base. It can also be fitted as a floating floor. Floating is a term used to describe a specific way of fitting a floor. Installed over a layer of suitable existing underlay such as concrete, plywood or vinyl which itself is laid over an appropriate sub floor. A floating floor is not fixed down to the sub floor so it is not nailed or glued down. The whole floor relies on the weight of the floor to keeping it in position.
At Sutton Timber we specialise in wide boards and here random widths up to 220mm are used to great effect. We can also produce a 300mm wide board. Using random width boards gives the space a broader look and creates an interesting informal design. This particular engineered ash floor is finished with a white oil retaining the natural appearance of the timber. It allows the darker elements of the board to shine out and adds a touch of contrast to what is essentially a minimalist design.
Whatever your preference an engineered floor is a beautiful feature within any home. Check out the engineered flooring pages of our website for more inspiration and information.