A brief look at how the engineered wood floor works
As well as parquet floors, there is one other flooring type which is noted for durability. That of the engineered wood floor. It is one of the most popular kinds of wooden flooring around the world. Like a wood veneer floor, and laminate flooring, it has at least one layer on top of another one.
With an engineered wood floor, the top layer is thicker than those seen on wood veneer and laminate floors. The latter has a printed image of wood on its surface; the former, a very thin layer of wood on top of a layer of (for example) particleboard. Engineered wood flooring has a top layer ranging from 2mm to 6mm. This is known as the lamella.
The lamella is usually made of solid wood, predominantly hardwood. This is bonded to a second layer, or a further two layers. They may be made from plywood or form part of a sandwich with an additional core. This may be made from softwood or hardwood.
As wood can swell or shrink according to heat and light, this could have an effect on the wooden floor itself. An engineered wood floor skirts around these issues with perpendicular grains. With the grains in a perpendicular position, they can follow the direction of traffic into your home. For example, in the hall, the wood grains should be inward from the front door.
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Castle Floors, 08 June 2017.