Wooden floors are a very popular option of flooring among a lot of people. Wooden floors are high maintenance and they are quite sensitive to moisture and mold forming. So, wood is a difficult material to work with. This is why engineered hardwood floors are making their way into the market. They are very much like wood, and they are resistant to moisture, impact, etc. So, how is engineered hardwood made? Keep on reading to find out.
Veneers Used In Hardwood Floors
There are mainly three types of veneers which are very popular engineered hardwood floors. The first one and the most popular one is the dry solid sawn veneer. The wood is first placed in a lightly humid place, where all of the moisture is drawn from the wood. Afterwards the wood is sawed, making the material look impeccably similar to actual wood, but in reality, it is a more durable and stronger option.
The next type of veneer is the rotary peel veneer. The veneer is obtained after shaving off the top layer of the wood with a rotary blade, after boiling each piece of wood at a specific temperature. This is also a good option, but it is the least durable type of veneer used in engineered hardwood floors.
Slice peel is also very similar to rotary peel. The wood is sliced with a simple sliced blade. The top layer is sliced off, rather than peeled off with a rotating blade. The veneers obtained from both peeling and rotary method are thin and they don’t last very long. Thick veneers are bound to last longer and they need less maintenance too.
Dimensions Of Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Engineered hardwood floors made in the form of planks. There are several dimensions which are available for engineered hardwood flooring. The length of the hardwood floor plank may vary accordingly. But the width and height of the plank is very much constant. The width of the plank ranges from 90 mm to 300 mm. Whereas, the height or thickness of the plank is about 14 mm to 20 mm. Longer plank lengths are much preferred by people, since the seams are less and the floor looks less broken apart, due to the distortion between the seams.
Strength Of Engineered Hardwood Floors
The strength of the hardwood floors comes from the core of the veneer. The core of engineered hardwood floors is made out of very strong and dense fiber wood. The fiber wood is glued together in layers and in the opposite direction. This makes the core even stronger. The plywood is very strong and it is adhered with a very strong adhesive. Hardwood floors don’t expand under different temperature conditions, which makes it even more durable and resistant. This is because hardwood floors are made out of fiber wood, which is resistant to temperature and moisture altogether.