Wood Flooring

High Quality & Professionally Installed Wood Flooring in Purley | Image Carpets

While many opt for LVT and laminate flooring products that mimic the look of wood flooring, others will only settle for the real deal. Image Carets, as the top choice amongst flooring shops in Purley, are a trusted stop for the supply and installation of quality wood flooring. We’re proud to have elevated countless interiors from Banstead to Coulsdon, and Croydon to Kenley through the fitting of timeless floors.

On this page, we’ve looked to outline the key differences between solid and engineered wood flooring, and to run over a few common reasons customers opt for wood over alternative materials. If you’d like to see some of our engineered or solid wood flooring products for yourself, why not visit our Purley showroom? It’s just a short drive from principal service areas including Banstead, Coulsdon, Croydon and Kenley. Alternatively, give us a call on 0208 668 0055.

Solid vs Engineered Wood Flooring

Solid Wood Flooring – Exactly asthe name implies: solid wood floors are made of boards crafted from single bits of hardwood, usually around 18mm to 20mm thick. Typically, they are installed via a tongue-and-groove system. Hardness scores allocated to different varieties of wood help indicate the type of application for which they’re best suited. For example, a high scoring hardwood might be perfect for a corridor or public space that anticipates heavy foot traffic, like the hallway of a commercial property around Banstead, Coulsdon, Croydon, Kenley or Purley; a lower scoring hardwood might be better suited to a bedroom or living room.


  • A rich & timeless aesthetic
  • Can be sanded down and refinished
  • Very durable with an unrivalled lifespan (when well maintained)


  • The most expensive form of flooring
  • Needs proper maintenance
  • Doesn’t deal well with damp conditions

Engineered Wood Flooring – Usually comprised of three to four layers of wood, glued together to create a plank around 14mm thick , engineered wood flooring is capped with a real wood veneer of around 4mm. It’s a highly versatile alternative to solid wood flooring that keeps the warm and sought-after aesthetic, but has a few different characteristics that allow it to be used in other areas of Banstead, Coulsdon, Croydon, Kenley and Purley properties.


  • Resistance to moisture & heat allow is to be fitted in a diverse range of environments
  • Typically cheaper than comparable solid wood
  • Exceptionally durable & long-lasting


  • Usually more expensive than laminate flooring

For guidance on solid and engineered wood flooring, and to discuss how we can help reimagine your property, call the first choice amongst Purley flooring shops on 0208 668 0055.