What exactly is veneered wood flooring?
Veneer flooring - just the compromise between parquet and laminate? Veneer flooring is much more than just that. It is distinguished by many advantages and quickly convinces customers.
The French word "fournir" means "to supply" or "to equip" and was first introduced in the 16th century. In this context, particularly noble types of wood fitted comparatively less valuable wooden elements. The same principle is still used today, although less valuable wood in this case does not mean lower-quality wood, but rather faster-growing and thus less expensive wood.
Today, a robust wear layer of real wood (veneer) is paired with a carrier layer of compressed wood fibers.
Due to the fact that the real wood layer of veneer floors is very thin, veneer floors are considerably less expensive than comparable parquet floors. Yet they still hold the key advantages of engineered wood. The same warmth and naturalness known from parquet floors can be expected from veneer floors. The feeling of wood under their feet is preserved as well as the natural elegance. In addition, veneer floors are easy to install and have a low installation height. This, in turn, is a great advantage if you are in the process of renovation. Often at this point you have to do without a real wood floor, if the room, the given construction height does not allow. This problem is solved with a classic veneer floor.
Veneer floors consist of a real wood layer, a support layer and a backing. The backing guarantees dimensional stability and provides a certain barrier against moisture, although an additional vapor barrier is not inadvisable. Many manufacturers additionally incorporate natural impact sound insulation in the form of a cork layer, which makes the floor particularly quiet. We advise you to lay the floor in tongue and groove, which can easily be done by a talented hobby craftsman, saving time. Many manufacturers also offer their veneer floors in a practical click system.
A particular advantage of veneer flooring is the large and wide range of different surface colors and patterns. For veneer floors can be used with pleasure rarer and more expensive wood species, such as cherry or walnut woods. By requiring less wood, veneer floors are especially resource-friendly and allow the exquisite look for the smaller price. A comparable solid wood floor would be virtually unaffordable.
Further, because of its thin top layer and dimensionally stable backing layer, veneer flooring is very durable, resilient and pressure resistant. The disadvantage of the thin wear layer, however, is that the possibility of renovating the floor by sanding, is eliminated. However, with the right sealant, oils or even waxes, your floor can be well protected, which further supports its longevity.
Veneer floors are also well suited for installation on underfloor heating systems. Due to their structure, they conduct heat ideally and your underfloor heating can shine in all its fullness.
It is not advisable to lay the floor in damp rooms, because the wood, both in the wear layer and in the carrier layer, should be protected from moisture. Therefore, we recommend that the floor is only wiped with a damp cloth and maintained with suitable care products.