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Engineered Hardwood Facts
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Kentwood Originals Engineered floors offer the elegant appearance of traditional solid wood floor with the superior stability of engineered construction which permits installation below grade and over concrete, making them ideal for condominiums and high rises. Offered in 3 ½ (90mm) and up to 8″ wide plank, in a deluxe array of species and designer colors.
When we think of a solid Hardwood flooring we generally think of the standard strip red oak wood flooring that is 3/4″ thick by 2 1/4″ wide, but solid Hardwood flooring is also available in various sizes from 3 to 6 or more inches wide (called plank floors). Prefinished versions of solid wood flooring are available in various thicknesses from 5/16 – 3/4 thick are sold as random lengths anywhere from 12″ – 84″ long.
If you need flooring a particular size not commonly available in prefinished versions then you can obtain Custom Milled Unfinished flooring in sizes less than 2-1/4 wide or wider than 6 inches wide which are available in different thicknesses made to order. Custom Milled unfinished flooring lengths can exceed 12′ long.
The most common Hardwood flooring species used for solid wood floors are Red Oak Hardwood flooring, White Oak Hardwood flooring, and Maple Hardwood flooring– but many other species are offered.
One of the tips in choosing quality solid wood flooring is to know what you’re purchasing there are several grades that have their own particular price points and visuals. Prefinished flooring is available in most all wood species and stain colors. It is important to remember that wood flooring is a product of nature and no two pieces are a like. Wood flooring is not perfect and it is recommended that you purchase 5-10 % more than you need for cutting and gluing waste.
Solid hardwood flooring is a 100% natural product that responds to air humidity variations. During warm and humid summers, it is not unusual for wood to expand. During cold and dry winters, wood can contract. In order to avoid these changes from becoming noticeable and to reduce the amount of movement, relative indoor humidity level should be kept at 45-55% throughout the year.
Solid hardwood flooring should be installed on or above grade by nail or staple down installation over wooden subfloor.
Engineered Hardwood flooring is real hardwood — the word “engineered” just refers to the way in which it’s made. There are many benefits to choosing an engineered product over a solid product.