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Hardwood Flooring Construction 

Hardwood flooring has two basic construction types: Solid and Engineered.

Solid Wood Flooring:

Solid wood flooring, as you'd guess, is 100% solid wood. Since it can be sanded and refinished many times, it can last for generations.

We offer solid wood flooring the following collections:

Engineered Wood Flooring:

Engineered wood flooring is also all wood, but it's put together in cross-banded layers for enhanced dimensional stability. This makes it suitable for below-grade installation.

The thickness of the top layer—the wear layer— determines how many times an engineered floor can be refinished and is usually specified in millimeters. This wear layer is created by one of three different methods: it's sawn, sliced, or peeled (see diagram below). The particular method used depends on many factors, such as the desired thickness of the wear layer and type of wood.

Wear Layer Types
Peeled Wear Layer Sawn Wear Layer Sliced Wear Layer
Peeled Sawn Sliced

In general, sawn and sliced veneers mimic the appearance of solid wood, whereas peeled veneers exhibit a somewhat more exaggerated grain pattern. Quarter sawn is a variation of the sawn method whereby the log is first cut into 4 equal quarters and then the quarters are slices as shown above. This cut produces a much straighter grained pattern than the plain sawn cut.

We offer engineered flooring in the following collections:

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