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Takes the Floor
Navigating solid and engineered
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
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.
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