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What is engineered timber flooring?

Engineered timber flooring is a type of flooring that is made up of multiple layers of wood. The top layer is made of real hardwood, giving it a natural and authentic look, while the bottom layers are constructed from high-quality multi layered plywood structure. This construction makes engineered timber flooring more stable and resistant to moisture and temperature changes compared to solid hardwood floors, making this type of timber perfect for Australian building projects due to our volatile climate. At Imperial Flooring Australia, we offer a wide range of hi-quality engineered timber flooring options, including different wood species, finishes, and plank sizes, providing our customers with durable and aesthetically pleasing flooring solutions for their homes or business spaces. Imperial Flooring engineered is available in plank, herringbone & chevron patterns. With a focus on quality and craftsmanship, Imperial Flooring ensures that our engineered timber flooring not only looks stunning but also stands the test of time, offering a long-lasting investment in the beauty and value of your property.

Key benefits of engineered timber flooring?

Engineered timber flooring from Imperial Flooring offers numerous benefits, including durability, stability, and versatility. Our engineered timber flooring is made of multiple layers of wood, providing structural integrity and resistance to moisture and temperature changes. This makes it an ideal choice for areas with high foot traffic, such as living rooms, kitchens, and even commercial spaces. Additionally, our engineered timber flooring comes in a wide range of styles and finishes, allowing you to achieve the look of real hardwood with added durability. With easy installation and low maintenance requirements, our engineered timber flooring offers a long-lasting and cost-effective flooring solution for your space.



Authentic look & aesthetic appeal, each panel is unique with no repetitive pattern telling it's own beautiful story throughout each panel. Engineered Timber Flooring is versatile with a large variety of options in colour species available. 

Asset Investment

Increases property value and adds a touch of luxury appeal to all home & commercial interior spaces. Engineered Timber adds value to your home, and this is often a tactic people employ to increase their home’s value. Engineered hardwood will accomplish the same thing and is a great way to add some extra long-term value to your property. Even if you aren’t looking to sell right now engineered hardwood flooring can be an investment for the future. 

Extremely durable & low maintenance

Hard wearing and easy to clean + maintain. Highly durable for residential & commercial applications. Engineered Timber Flooring Keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer
Long lifespan

Engineered timber flooring provides a long life span for up to 100 years.
Direct Stuck Installation Method

Engineered timber flooring can be installed in a direct stick glue down method, Not only the best feel to the foot when walking on on wood stuck floors, it also provides one of the best acoustic & stable performing flooring available to the Australian market, considering our harsh climate. 

Engineered timber floors do not trap dirt or dust, unlike carpet. Engineered Timber Flooring has Zero to little VOC making it a safe option for all families.
Suitable for kitchen areas

Engineered Timber can be installed in kitchen areas with cabinetry/joinery installed directly onto the flooring for glue down methods, giving a touch of luxury to every finish detail.
Temperature and moisture resistance

Due to its composite core layers, engineered timber flooring is not as sensitive to changes in temperature or to moisture as solid wood flooring.
Suitable for most subfloors

Engineered Timber is the perfect floor covering selection for subfloors not flat or even reducing costs for floor preparation. Engineered Timber Flooring can be installed directly to concrete subfloors with the correct moisture barrier, say goodbye to the good old days with high cost of having to install builders film, battens & plywood on concrete before commencing the installation of timber floors.

Lower costs compared to solid timber flooring, providing a more affordable alternative for a premium product / finish.

Is it better to glue or float an engineered timber floor?

Many installers and manufacturers prefer the glue down method because of its superior stability. Gluing down your floor leads to less shifting and creaking, making the engineered hardwood timber floor feel and sound more secure. You can also glue down floors on any type of subfloor, even if it's uneven. 

What are the grades of engineered timber flooring?

AB Grade

This is the highest grade available in timber flooring. This wood is cut from the centre of the tree, and the wood from the centre is much more uniform and has far less knots & imperfections. AB grade flooring has a much lower sap content, usually no more than 5% of the board which leads to a more uniform colour across different boards. If you like an engineered timber floor with minimal feature and character this is for you.

ABC Grade

With ABC grade floors, you can expect minimal amount of natural features, such as very few and tiny knots, as well as gum veins, splits, cracks and checks. Sapwood and colour variation will be controlled to minimum, it means you can expect no or minor flaws in our ABC grade timber floors. The finish will be clear or slightly stained, with virtually no major visible flaws. ABC Grade is of the highest quality and will meet the expectations of customers who want clean and less natural inherent in the species of their floors.

ABCD Grade

This grade of timber contains more knots than both AB and ABC grade flooring. These knots can be as big as 50mm in diameter. Manufacturers often use coloured wood filler or “putty” to fill in the larger knots, which then allows for a more even finish. This putty can be either lighter or darker than the board and can look attractive in both ways, depending on personal preference. This is the floor for you if you like feature and character.

How does a wear layer thickness in engineered timber flooring affect your floors?

Generally speaking, a thicker wear layer means more durable flooring. This also means that engineered hardwood flooring options with a thicker wear layer are often more expensive, but they will last much longer than thinner options. For example, if you have engineered hardwood floors with a 1mm wear layer, you should never sand and refinish them—although you can recoat them. As a result, flooring with a 1mm wear layer has an estimated lifespan of about 20 to 30 years. If you have a 2mm wear layer, you can safely sand and refinish it with a light sand up to one time under the manufacturers guidelines, giving it an estimated lifespan of 30 to 40 years. A 3mm wear layer can withstand up to two light sand refinishes and has an estimated lifespan of 40 to 50 years. The thickest available wear layer, 6mm, can take four refinishes and has an estimated lifespan of anywhere between 50 to 100 years as a result. 

Can you install engineered timber flooring directly to a concrete slab?

Yes, engineered timber flooring can be installed directly onto a concrete slab. However, it is important to ensure that the slab is level, dry, and free of any debris before installation. Additionally, a moisture barrier MUST be installed to prevent any moisture from seeping through the concrete and damaging the flooring.

Is engineered timber flooring pet friendly?

If you are looking at engineered timber flooring and have a cat or dog in the household, then engineered timber is the perfect choice with simple routine care & maintenance. This is because the manufacturing process generally gives this sort of surface a veneer that is tougher and more able to resist damage from scratches and stains made by your furry friends. Read more on Imperial Flooring Australia's top tips for pets & engineered timber floors.

Is engineered timber flooring suitable for kitchen areas?​

At Imperial Flooring Australia, this is a question we get asked a lot and the short answer is yes!. The natural aesthetics of solid wood make a fine addition to any room, but in the case of kitchens, you’ll need a more durable alternative to the traditional solid timber flooring option like engineered timber flooring. Read more on Imperial Flooring Australia's blog article, we dig in a little deeper on this topic.

What glue (floor adhesives) do you recommend for engineered timber flooring direct stick method installation?

At Imperial Flooring Australia, we recommend and only install with Bostik Ultraset HP High Performance Timber Flooring Adhesives. A high-quality, moisture-resistant adhesive specifically designed for direct stick installation of engineered timber flooring.  The best adhesive with strong bond, easy to spread, great coverage and zero VOC emissions for indoor air quality. MS polymer based adhesives are best suited for engineered timber flooring, it complies to Australian standards for indoor air quality and is 100% Australian made. Choosing the right adhesive is crucial for the long-term performance and durability of your engineered timber flooring, so we recommend investing in a high-quality product to achieve the best results.

Do I need expansion gaps for engineered timber flooring?

Yes, perimeter expansion gaps are required for skirting board & transition areas.  Australian standards of 8-10mm expansion gaps are required.

Minimum 8mm = Direct Stick Glue Down

Minimum 10mm = Floating Floor System

How to clean engineered timber flooring?

Cleaning and maintaining engineered timber flooring from Imperial Flooring Australia is relatively easy and straightforward. Start by regularly sweeping or vacuuming the floors to remove dirt and debris. Use a damp microfiber mop with a pH-neutral cleaner specifically designed for engineered timber flooring to wipe down the surface. Avoid using excessive water, harsh chemicals, or abrasive cleaning tools, as they can damage the protective finish of the flooring. Additionally, placing felt pads under furniture legs and using area rugs in high-traffic areas can help prevent scratches and dents. For specific cleaning products and techniques, refer to the manufacturer's guidelines provided with your Imperial Flooring Australia engineered timber flooring.

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