Engineered wood, also called composite wood, man-made wood or manufactured board, includes a range of derivative wood products which are manufactured by binding or fixing the strands, particles, fibres, or veneers or boards of wood, together with adhesives, or other methods of fixation to form composite materials. These products are engineered to precise design specifications which are tested to meet national or international standards. Engineered wood products are used in a variety of applications, from home construction to commercial buildings to industrial products.
Because it’s made in layers, engineered wood flooring has good stability and this means it’s not as prone to shrinking or warping with changes in environmental conditions as much as solid wood is. This stability makes it is possible to use click systems at the joints.
The look of engineered wood flooring depends on four main aspects; the species of wood, the grade of the grain, surface finish and the size of the plank.
Commonly Asked Questions
Which type of wood flooring is suitable for me, solid or engineered?
That depends on where you want to install it. Both solid and engineered wood floors are made using real wood, so both are environmentally friendly.
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Which wood species is right for me?
Choosing the right species of wood flooring for you is strictly a matter of your style, budget and personal preference.
How do I keep my wood floors looking good?
All hardwood floors should be cleaned regularly. To accomplish that, simply sweep, dust mop or vacuum the floors with the beater bar turned off to remove dirt and grit from between the floor boards.
Avoid using a wet mop or steam mop on hardwood floors as water and steam can dull the finish, or even damage the wood over long periods of time.
I’ve seen instances where wood floors fade over time. How can I prevent this?
Wood floors are one of the few flooring options that become more beautiful with age. Like all natural things that experience change over time, wood floors will experience subtle colour changes as they age. This natural process that will add to the beauty and character of the floor.
Over time, prolonged sun exposure will cause wood floors to change colour and you can minimize this effect by periodically moving rugs and furniture to limit that exposure.
Oil-modified finishes will amber over time, giving the floor a slightly yellow appearance. In contrast, water-based finishes generally will remain clear over time, minimizing long-term colour changes.
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