Multi Layered or Engineered Oak Flooring, what does it mean?
Wood is what in technical terms is called a hygroscopic material. This means that it adjusts its form according to varying temperatures and fluctuations in humidity. Under the influence of the changing climate in your home and through the ongoing process of shrinking and swelling, traditional solid floors often start cupping or warping after some time. Engineered wooden floors offer the perfect solution for that problem. Multilayer floors are semi-solid wooden floors, specially designed to minimize the natural movement of the wood (and therefore the deformation).
Lalegno’s engineered floors are composed of different layers of wood.
- A top layer, made of solid oak, tropical wood of excellent quality.
- A stabilizing substructure.
The different layers are placed crosswise on top of each other, and then firmly glued to one another under high pressure. Thus, all tensions that may arise under the influence of temperature changes or fluctuations of the relative humidity in your home are counterbalanced. This construction is what makes multilayer flooring so solid and very stable. After correct installation in healthy homes an engineered floor barely moves. An additional advantage is that this production process allows us to produce longer and wider planks without compromising the stability.
Two Multi-Layer Construction Systems
Both systems are technically equivalent
The standard Lalegno floors with a total thickness of 10 or 21mm are provided with an all timber support, composed of several layers of MLH (mixed light hardwood) veneer. This system balances floors with this thickness perfectly and is technically easier to produce.
The three-layer system is generally used in semi-solid floors of 15mm thick with a top layer of 4mm. It provides the optimum balance for such top layers in order to compensate for latitude and longitude shrinkage in extremely dry or humid conditions. Lalegno’s three-layer floors get a standard stabilized hardwood support and a backing of hardwood veneer.
When we think about wooden floors, one automatically thinks of Oak. That is after all, the classic reference when it comes to flooring.
As a symbol of wisdom the Oak has played a special role in human history for centuries. The wood of an Oak is one of the best known and most widely used. It is hard and durable, yet easily processable. Oak wood has many indoor applications, from ornate furniture to secure support beams. Therefore, it is also a rewarding wood for flooring.
Advantages of Lalegno Oak Flooring
There are a lot of options when it comes to wooden floors, but just about everywhere in the world, oak is at the top of the list. And there are good reasons for that!
We have put together just five of the advantages of oak flooring:
- More beautiful, year after year, there’s no comparing the refined feeling emanating from Oak wood. The grain and structure of Oak testify to a beauty, that only nature itself can make. The piece of nature that you bring into your home when installing an Oak floor, will even become more beautiful over the years and gain character and charm.
- Hard, wear-resistant and durable, the impressive hardness, wear-resistance and durability of Oak will protect your wallet. An Oak floor will last for many years, is easily renovated and adaptable to changes in your interior style. So you do not have to replace your floor at the drop of a hat.
Moreover, oak is resistant to insects and fungi. That makes for a better, more hygienic and healthier life at home.
- Cleaning is fast and easy, unlike some other floor coverings, which can be a real dust magnet and sometimes even cause allergies, (Oak) wood is very fast and easy to keep clean.
- Adds value to your home, an oak floor not only gives a sense of warm hospitality to your home or office, but also adds financial value to your property.
Oak floors no longer need to cost a fortune. If you opt for Oak flooring, it’s an investment that can make you money, even if you want to sell your home in the long term.
- Oak is versatile, Oak is easy to stain and to treat and fits perfectly with any style of interior design. What’s more, it allows you to play with length and width, completely changing the spatial effect of the living space.
European or Mongolian Oak – A Great Choice
Not all oak are the same. Worldwide over 50 different species of oak are known.
Lalegno only uses two types for its production:
EUROPEAN OAK (QUERCUS ROBUR)
- Known to us from the antique furniture.
- The heartwood of untreated European oak contains a lot of tannic acid and has light to dark brown tones.
- It has a rather pronounced grain pattern.
MONGOLIAN OAK (QUERCUS MONGOLICA)
- This is very high quality wood.
- Untreated Japanese oak is quite light in color. The wood is easy to finish to the desired shade, easy to maintain and durable.
- It has a less pronounced grain pattern than European oak.
Lalegno has a very wide range of oak floors, both for a classical and a modern look.