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Engineered Wood Flooring Information

What is engineered wood flooring?
Engineered wood flooring may not be a term you’re familiar with, but it is in fact the most common flooring type used today.

Engineered wood flooring is real timber pressed into multi-plywood placed and glued in layers use up to 12 layers. The layers run in multiple directions to increase the strength and stability of the top layer of solid timber.

The top layer is visible when installed, and the core is what makes the plank stable. As a result, engineered wood flooring is less likely to be affected by changes in humidity and can be installed at all levels of the home.


Solid Timber vs Engineered wood flooring?
Timber is a living material. Solid wood flooring expands and contracts with changes in your home's relative humidity and moisture levels, Solid Timber Flooring is also more prone to "gapping"
(excessive space between planks), "crowning" (convex curving upwards when humidity increases) and "cupping" (a concave or "dished" appearance of the plank, with the height of the plank along its longer edges being higher than the center) with increased plank size.

The wider board in “Solid Timber Flooring” is the greater risk of ‘crowning’ and ‘cupping’. There are some limitations of solid wood: There are recommended maximum lengths and widths, typically 5" / 127mm wide and 7' / 2100mm long. Solid wood should also not be used with radiant floor heating.


Before deciding on Solid or Engineered Timber Flooring,
consider these factors...

The location of your hardwood flooring basically falls into three categories:
On Grade - at ground level
Above Grade - any second level or higher
Below Grade - any floor below ground level, including basements or sunken living rooms.

Traditional solid hardwood flooring is not well suited for below-grade installations, because of the possibility of moisture issues. The construction of an engineered wooden floor gives it enhanced structural stability that allows it to be installed at any grade level when a moisture barrier or recommended Underlay or Silent Step is used during installation.

Cost Effective and Benefits
Engineered wood flooring is often more cost effective, and quicker and easier to install.

'Floating’ installation systems reduces costs and speeds up installation time because the planks are not fastened to the floor. Also makes for easier repair and replacement of boards.

Engineered wood panels are wider and longer than solid planks. For example, plank width is not limited as it often is with solid hardwood.

Engineered wood can be nailed over joists without any plywood sub-flooring.

Solid wood is more frequently site-finished. Engineered timber flooring it is available pre-finished in a variety of different finishes and designs, often with beveled edges, which adds to its attractive appearance.

Engineered Timber Flooring is ideal for areas where solid wood flooring is not suitable, such as over
concrete, in basements and where there is radiant floor heating, etc..

Engineered Timber Flooring it does not ‘cup’, ‘crown’, or ‘gap’ like solid wood.

Taking these benefits into consideration, it’s clear that engineered wood flooring is well worth considering for your flooring needs.