27 November 2012

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When you buy a new wood floor, you will be presented with three options – laminate, hardwood or engineered wood flooring. The latter option is considered a good compromise for people wanting the stunning appearance of real hardwood floors but at a more affordable price and very importantly a more stable floor.

But what is engineered wood flooring and how is it made?

Engineered wood flooring is generally made by cross layering, gluing and pressing together multiple ply layers of wood and other materials. However, the method used to make them can vary by manufacturer.

As an example of how this type of flooring can be made, let’s take a look at the technique the flooring supplier Karelia uses to make its engineered flooring.

Karelia engineered wood flooring is made from natural timber, and is available in a range of wood species. Each board is made up of three different layers, the top layer being the most solid, durable and resistant to wear. It also has the most attractive, high quality appearance.

The middle layer of each board is in cross glued spruce, to give it additional strength, whilst the layer on the bottom is a spruce ply base. Overall, this three layer structure enables each board to maintain its strength, form and appearance throughout a very long life, without the need for much maintenance.