Engineered hardwood flooring Summary: This page show you the options in wood to produce a wooden floor based on our engineered concept. Under you will see an indication of how use full the wood is as flooring, it will be shown with an Arrow Wood figure. If you want to look at the wood, click on the button beside of it.
Strength of engineered hardwood floors
Engineered hardwood flooring versus solid
Our engineered hardwood flooring is made of two layers of wood in the form of a plank. The bottom layer is durable plywood. The top layer the precious hardwood layer. Click on the button or picture at the right and read all about engineered flooring, how it is build up and why? and the differences of these kind of floors.
If you choose engineered flooring than consider the facts under:
- Thickness 19,14 or 10mm
- What width you need
- Use linear cut and not rotary cut wood/li>
- Use a 2 layer engineered and not 3 layered
- The grading of wood, regarding knots/eyes
- The final design and coating options
The increased stability of engineered wooden floors is achieved by running each layer of the plywood at a ninety degree angle to each other. This stability makes engineered hardwood flooring a universal product that can be installed on top of any floor. Engineered hardwood flooring is the most popular type of wooden flooring due to it’s affordable price compared to solid hardwood flooring, while offering a similar durability.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring VS Solid Wood Flooring.
Due to the wide range of quality in both product categories, it is difficult to compare solid wood flooring to engineered wood flooring. However, we will try to point out some of the fundamental differences.
Some limitations of solid wood flooring
- The recommended maximum dimensions for solid wood planks is 13cm wide and 210cm long.
- Solid hardwood flooring is more prone to develop excessive space between planks called “gapping”.
- The convex could curve upwards when humidity increases (“crowning”).
- The height of the plank along its longer edges could be higher than the center (“cupping”) with increased plank size.
- Solid wood should not be used with radiant floor heating.
- Solid wood is often site-finished, which takes a lot longer then prefab flooring.
- It is always in a plank format and generally thicker than engineered wood.
- Solid wood flooring is usually installed by nailing.
Some benefits of engineered wood flooring
- Engineered hardwood floor planks can be up to 40cm wide and 265cm long!
- Engineered hardwood flooring features dimensional stability and universal use.
- Engineered hardwood flooring is usually pre-finished.
- It can be made with beveled edges and is very rarely site-finished.
- Engineered hardwood flooring can be installed with glue or as a floating installation.
- Unique installation systems and tools allow for faster installation than solid hardwood flooring.
- Replacing damaged floor boards is an easy job.
- Engineered wooden floors also allow for a floating installation where the planks are not fixed to the sub-floor or to each other, further increasing ease of repair and reducing installation time.
Engineered wood flooring allows for the installation of floor heating systems!