Hardwood floors are a great and durable solution for flooring in your house, and engineered hardwood floors have taken this type of flooring to a whole new level. If you have talked with any flooring company about hardwood floors you have likely heard about engineered hardwood floors. But what is engineered hardwood, flooring exactly?
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. The products can be used for joists and beams that replace steel in many building projects.
Typically, engineered wood products are made from the same hardwoods and softwoods used to manufacture lumber. Sawmill scraps and other wood waste can be used for engineered wood composed of wood particles or fibers, but whole logs are usually used for veneers, such as plywood, MDF or particle board. Some engineered wood products, like oriented strand board (OSB), can use trees from the poplar family, a common but non-structural species.
Alternatively, it is also possible to manufacture similar engineered bamboo from bamboo; and similar engineered cellulosic products from other lignin-containing materials such as rye straw, wheat straw, rice straw, hemp stalks, kenaf stalks, or sugar cane residue, in which case they contain no actual wood but rather vegetable fibers.
Engineered hardwood flooring is a manufactured product that is made up of three to five layers of material. The layers consist of a hardwood core, plywood or high density fiberboard, and a layer of hardwood veneer for the top. These layers are glued together and bonded in a cross-grain configuration so that they are less likely to be affected by moisture from humidity. Click here for a greater understanding of Engineered Hardwood Flooring
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