Beech Engineered Hardwood Flooring summary; This wood is general harder and is a wood that is to be compared with a oak grain but light reddish and has a white-yellow color. This wood will not be modified to much from it’s original colors. It is a little above average priced wood. The Grades available are A and AB, a BC or BCD grade is not used often in as flooring
European beech is a traditional wood species here at Arrow Wood. Together with oak, maple and pine, beech engineered hardwood flooring was the first flooring we used to manufacture engineered wooden floors
Beech wood is known for its erratic structure and color. In order to bring harmony in the wood color and stabilize the wood, beech wood gets steamed. The color is white to yellow with a soft reddish grain. Beech wood has a very characteristic appearance, making it easily recognizable. Beech engineered hardwood flooring is very popular in the northern European countries more than ten years ago, today we see Beech is coming back a little since it’s nice A and AB grade.
We produce engineered beech wood flooring with a width of 18 cm, wider flooring boards are possible on request.
The hardness of beech is similar or a little better to that of oak. Beech is perfectly suited for flooring planks, especially popular is beech engineered hardwood flooring without or very little knots (A/AB Grade).
The range of natural colors and a hard but elastic surface that makes it naturally shock- and scratch-resistant make beech wood a popular choice for for the home or office flooring. Due to its flexibility and elasticity, beech is a great wood floor for factories, gymnasiums, and squash and badminton courts. Engineered beech wood flooring is superior to solid beech wood floors for various reasons, which we will explain in detail below.
Beech wood is medium to heavy weight. The wood is light-colored, with a closed cell structure. Beech has good strength properties comparable to oak wood, and it has a high abrasion resistance. Beech wood can take staining nice, particularly oil-based finishes but is not common used. It weighs about 0.73 g/cm3 and is widely used for furniture framing and carcass construction, flooring and engineering purposes, in plywood and in household items like plates. Higher grades of beech engineered hardwood flooring will show less knotting and color contrast.
Facts about Beech wooden floors
- Can not be use on floor heating.
- Can color nice with star white.
- Can use top coat protection.
- Can not be in smoked design, like oak.
- PU lacquer will enhance strength of the top
- Little harder than oak wood
- Beech has hardly any light sap wood.
- Sap wood not need any color.
- Keep up the maintenance protocols
- The wood has a soft color and grains
- Available in mainly A and AB grades
- Harvest in middle Europe
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The European species “Fagus sylvatica” yields a utility timber that is tough but dimensionally unstable. Beech can shrink considerably and is subject to movement more than other woods. Engineered beech wood flooring is superior to solid beech wood flooring, because the plywood bottom layer of our engineered flooring will make it nearly impossible for the beech wood top layer from warping or bending.
Despite its hardness, beech wood can be worked easily. It can be cut, planed, drilled and milled. When steam-treated it is well-suited to bending into form. Surface finishing is straightforward. It can be stained, painted and polished. Beech wood is well suited for impregnation, it can be use in class 4 (timber in contact with water) after treatment. Beech should be stained or sealed with an urethane coating to protect it from boring insects.
Compared to other hardwood, beech engineered hardwood flooring can be expected to undergo an average amount of color change due to time. High temperatures will cause pronounced color changes in beech wood, making beech wood unsuitable as flooring where underfloor heating is installed.
Beech belong to the family of heartwood trees. Sap and heartwood have an even pale yellow to reddish-white colouring, red-brown when steam-treated. The wood has an even fine-pored structure without noticeable markings. Older trees (over 80 years old) can develop a reddish core of irregular colour intensity and shape.
A common phenomenon of steaming beech wood is the change of color Depending on the duration of the steaming process, the reddish-white color of the wood changes into a stronger red. This coloration is the result of an oxidation of the tanning agents (chemical reaction with the oxygen in the air). Another advantage of steaming is, that this color tone remains uniform. Discoloration, known as graying of the core, which may often occur in unsteamed beech wood, is eliminated by the steaming process of our beech engineered hardwood flooring.
Some interesting facts about Beech Wood
Beech is native to temperate Europe, Asia and North America. The common European beech (Fagus sylvatica) is the most useful beech timber and is therefore known simply as beech. Beech trees can grow to 300 years or more, although trees of between 100 and 140 years old are typically felled. They can grow as tall as 30 to 35 meters.
Chips of beech wood are used in the brewing of Budweiser beer as a fining agent.
Beech logs are burned to dry the malts used in some German smoked beers, giving the beers their typical flavor.
Beech is also used to smoke Westphalian ham, various sausages, and some cheeses.
Some drums are made from beech, which has a tone between those of maple and birch, the two most popular drum woods.
Ancient Germanic tribes carved various symbols into beech wood sticks and consulted these sticks as oracles when faced with important decisions. Beech wood tablets with inscriptions bound together are said to be the origin of the term “book” (German: Buch), as beech is spelled “Buche” in German. Carved letters in a beech tree gave Johannes Gutenberg the idea to invent the letterpress in 1450.