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HARDWOOD Takes the Floor Navigating solid and engineered wood options by Eric Anderson All photos courtesy Weyerhaeuser Forestlands International WHEN SPECIFYING WOOD FLOORCOVERINGS IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS, CONSIDERATIONS INCLUDE FACILITY TYPE, SPECIE, DURABILITY, DESIGN GOALS, AND BUDGET. FOR DESIGN TEAMS NOT WILLING TO SETTLE FOR A ‘LOOKALIKE’ SYNTHETIC PRODUCT, A STARTING POINT IS DECIDING WHETHER TO SPECIFY SOLID-STRIP OR ENGINEERED WOOD FLOORING. Hardwood flooring can be a timeless addition to interior commercial spaces, conveying design expressions and sensory properties few flooring products emulate. It is available to building and design teams in two forms—solid and engineered. Solid-strip wood flooring refers to solid hardwood planks. Comparatively, engineered wood planks are typically constructed from three or more layers of solid wood pressed together in a cross-ply pattern. A hardwood wear layer tops the underlayers for a finished look resembling solid wood flooring. 38 the construction specifier | february 2013 CS_Feb2013.indd 38 1/17/13 11:09:07 AM