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High gloss flooring refers to the shiny and reflective wood veneer on the engineered floor planks. Engineered planks ensure a durable and stable floor that is suitable with underfloor heating, and in moist or humid environments, whereas the high gloss layer creates an attractive and luxurious appearance in rooms with lots of natural light.
Generally, a high gloss floor will look elegant, futuristic and luxurious, but different colours can create other effects. For example, dark smoked woods or black flooring can look much more sophisticated than light browns, which instead are preferable for making a room seem more positive, friendly and spacious. Rooms with large windows enhance the look of these floors, as well as coloured furniture that will be mirrored in the floor. This mirroring effect can also make a room seem larger, which is beneficial in small rooms, or even in large rooms for the stately home look.
Darker floors are more popular in the high gloss finish, as they can prevent darkening of a room that occurs with non-glossy dark flooring. this makes them perfect for people that enjoy the shade of darker flooring but do not want the stylistic disadvantages with this. Although gloss is not explicitly a slip risk, it is more slippery than floors without this finish. For this reason, we do not recommend it in homes with children or pets, as this may be difficult to walk on or cause accidents.
Maintenance wise, it is easier than one would think to maintain the shine! Multiple layers of lacquer form the high gloss coating, so it is unlikely that it would need any re-finishing. This makes engineered flooring a much smarter investment than solid wood, as the ability to sand more that makes solid wood superior is not needed. Please see the maintenance guides under the ‘installation’ tab on each product page to see how to clean that type of flooring.
Kettlewell Glossy Moonstone Oak 180 x 13/2.5mm
180mm High Gloss Smoked Oak HDF Engineered European Oak Wood Flooring 13/2.5mm Thick
Kettlewell Glossy Steamed Oak 190 x 13/2.5mm
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