The V4 Q&A Series – Issue 1 – Engineered Wood Flooring for New Homeowners

Engineered Wood Floors for New Homeowners

We are excited to welcome you to the first issue of a brand-new series, here on the V4 blog! As specialists in engineered wood, laminate, and cork floors, our aim is for each issue to answer your most pressing questions on each of our flooring types. Whether you are a new homeowner, a seasoned renovator, or simply a design enthusiast, our aim is to equip you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions for your flooring needs.


To kick off our first issue, we will be answering the questions of first-time buyers interested in trying engineered wood flooring in their new home.

What is engineered wood flooring?

Engineered wood flooring is a modern alternative to traditional solid hardwood floors, offering the same luxurious look but with added benefits. It is crafted using multiple layers of wood, including a top ‘lamella’ made from high-quality oak and walnut hardwood above layers of plywood produced from woods such as birch, pine, or spruce, to create a strong and stable base.

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How does engineered wood differ from solid hardwood?

Engineered wood and solid hardwood may look similar, but they have key differences that make them suitable for different needs and environments.


Solid hardwood is made from a single piece of wood, making it more susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity. Engineered wood, on the other hand, consists of multiple layers of wood, which makes it more stable and less prone to warping.

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Is engineered wood flooring durable?

Engineered wood flooring is designed for lasting durability, making it an excellent choice for a new home.


The multi-layered construction, featuring a top layer of quality hardwood, provides a robust and stable base that resists warping and denting. Our range in particular is further enhanced with low-VOC lacquers and oils to ensure an extremely hard-wearing finish.

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Can I install engineered wood flooring myself?

Installing engineered wood flooring is a task that requires meticulous attention to detail and a high level of expertise. While the idea of a DIY installation may seem tempting, it is strongly advised to have your engineered wood flooring installed by a professional fitter, or at the very least someone who is well-versed in the complexities of the process.


Our installation guide outlines several crucial steps. For instance, the importance of acclimatisation. Your new flooring needs to adjust to the room’s conditions before installation, which is a step that cannot be rushed or skipped due to the risks of post-installation damage.


Subfloor preparation is another important aspect. The subfloor must be level, structurally sound, and free from moisture before you can install your new floors. Failure to adhere to these guidelines can result in issues like squeaking, deflection, and warping. Given the intricate details and potential for costly mistakes, it is clear that installing engineered wood flooring is not a task to be taken lightly. Professional installation ensures that your investment is secure, your floor performs to its best ability, and guarantees remain valid.

Is engineered wood flooring suitable for kitchens and bathrooms?

Engineered wood flooring is generally a good fit for kitchens, offering a warm and elegant aesthetic. Its layered construction provides stability against temperature and humidity fluctuations, making it more resilient than solid wood.


For bathrooms, engineered wood is generally not recommended due to the high moisture levels and potential for water accumulation. The constant exposure to water and steam can lead to warping or swelling, compromising the integrity of the floor, so for areas with high moisture, alternative flooring options like aqualock laminate are more suitable.

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How does engineered wood flooring react to temperature and humidity changes?

Unlike solid wood, which can expand and contract significantly, engineered wood is more stable due to its layered construction. The engineered base is made of high-quality plywood, providing resistance against warping and cupping. This makes it a suitable choice for rooms with underfloor heating or varying humidity levels.


But do be mindful of prolonged exposure to high humidity, as this can still cause some swelling, while very dry conditions may lead to the formation of minor cracks. Practising regular maintenance and climate control can help in preserving its quality long term.

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Can I use underfloor heating with engineered wood floors?

Absolutely, engineered wood flooring is an excellent match for underfloor heating systems. Its multi-layered construction enhances stability, allowing the wood to expand and contract minimally with temperature fluctuations, making it far less prone to warping compared to solid wood floors.


The thermal conductivity of engineered wood also ensures efficient heat transfer, providing a warm and comfortable surface underfoot.

How do I maintain and clean engineered wood flooring?

Maintaining engineered wood flooring is a straightforward task that does not require special equipment. Regular sweeping or vacuuming will remove dust and debris, keeping the surface pristine, and for a deeper clean, use a damp mop with a mild, pH-neutral cleaner specifically designed for engineered wood floors.

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Is engineered wood more expensive than solid wood?

When it comes to cost, engineered wood flooring often presents a more budget-friendly option compared to solid hardwood, as it is constructed using a top layer of real wood bonded to multiple layers of plywood, making it less expensive to produce.

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Is engineered wood flooring eco-friendly?

The manufacturing process of engineered wood utilises a thin layer of real wood for the surface, bonded to layers of less expensive, and often recycled, wood materials. This efficient use of resources means that more flooring can be produced from a single tree, reducing the overall impact on forests.


At V4, we adhere to strict sustainable practices, sourcing all our timber from certified, managed forests and using low-VOC adhesives and finishes for better indoor air quality.

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What types of finishes are available for engineered wood flooring?

Our range of low-VOC oils and lacquers is a standout option for those seeking both aesthetics and eco-friendliness. The choice between the two ultimately depends on your desired look and maintenance preferences.


  • Oils penetrate deep into the wood, enhancing its natural beauty and providing a warm, tactile surface.
  • Lacquers, on the other hand, create a protective layer on top, offering a sleek, high-gloss finish that’s easy to clean.

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How thick is the top layer of engineered wood, and can it be refinished?

Our range offers wear layers between 2 and 6 mm, providing a durable surface that can withstand daily wear and tear. While thinner layers may allow for light sanding and refinishing, a wear layer of at least 4 mm is generally recommended for multiple refinishes over the floor’s lifespan.

What is the warranty on V4 engineered wood flooring?

We offer a robust 35-year Domestic Use Guarantee on all of our engineered wood flooring.


This warranty is extended only to expert suppliers and fitters who adhere to V4’s specific installation and maintenance guidelines. The same conditions apply to our Natureffect Laminate Plank collections, which come with a 12-year guarantee.


The guarantee remains valid only if the flooring is installed and maintained according to our guidelines, which cover aspects like moisture and temperature control. Failure to comply with these guidelines or installation of defective flooring voids the warranty. You can download our guide to find out more.

How quickly can I expect delivery after placing an order?

Your retailer will be fully responsible for the delivery of your new floors, so if you are working to a strict timeline for your new home, it is crucial to consult with them ahead of time for an accurate schedule.


If you are unsure where to find a V4-approved stockist near you, you can easily locate one using our showroom locator.

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Can I get a sample before making a purchase?

Yes, we offer free samples of our entire range of engineered wood flooring, allowing you to experience the texture, colour, and quality of our collection before making a commitment. Request your free samples today.

What accessories do I need for installation?

To properly install engineered wood floors, you will need various accessories such as underlay, adhesives, and finishing trims. But we strongly advise against DIY installations by unqualified individuals. The intricacies of fitting such high-quality flooring require professional expertise, especially if you want to ensure longevity and performance.


Your V4-approved stockist can provide invaluable advice to ensure your flooring is installed to the highest standard.

How does engineered wood flooring affect my home’s resale value?

High-quality flooring is a sought-after feature for prospective buyers, offering both aesthetic appeal and durability. Engineered wood, in particular, offers the beauty of real wood without the drawbacks of solid hardwood, making it a long-lasting and practical choice for your new home.

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Can engineered wood flooring be installed over existing floors?

All existing floor coverings should be removed prior to your installation, and the subfloor must be completely level and free from adhesive residues for best results. Floors can, however, be laid over existing concrete and floor boards if they are level and structurally sound.


That being said, we do recommend you consult with a V4-approved stockist or installer for a thorough assessment of your existing flooring. They can guide you on the best installation method to ensure longevity and performance.

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What are the best rooms in a house to install engineered wood flooring?

Engineered wood flooring is a versatile choice that suits almost any room in your home. It is particularly popular in living rooms, dining areas, and bedrooms, where its natural warmth and elegance can really shine. Hallways and home offices also benefit from its durability and easy maintenance.

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How do I choose the right colour and texture to match my home’s decor?

Lighter shades can make a room appear larger and more airy, while darker tones offer a sense of warmth and sophistication. Textured finishes, such as distressed or brushed, add character and a rustic feel. Smooth finishes are timeless and work well in modern settings.


When in doubt, order free samples from our extensive range to see how different options look in your home’s lighting.

Thank you for joining us for this edition of The V4 Q&A, where we have delved into the ins and outs of engineered wood flooring. We hope we have answered your questions and helped you make an informed decision for your first home.


Stay tuned for our next issue, where we will be honing in on laminate flooring for new homeowners.



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