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Hardwood / Engineered Wood / Laminate

Source: Haworth Library

Wood flooring is one of the most luxurious and long-lasting flooring options we provide. Hardwood flooring is harvested from trees that grow much slower; it ends up being far denser, and more durable than softwood counterparts, depending on the species. This means that they last longer and require less maintenance. While it comes in a variety of thicknesses, ¾ inch is the most common produced in North America and is usually nailed to a wooden subfloor. Hardwood can also be glued if the application requires it.

Engineered wood, also called mass timber, composite wood, man-made wood, or manufactured board, includes a range of derivative wood products which are manufactured by binding or fixing the strands, particles, fibres, or veneers or boards of wood, together with adhesives, or other methods of fixation to form composite material. These products are engineered to precise design specifications, which are tested to meet national or international standards and provide uniformity and predictability in their structural performance.

Laminate wood is usually built by the parallel gluing of lumber boards in a variety of sizes and shapes according to intended use. The main products are load-carrying members, such as beams and arches. Parallel-glued veneers are sometimes used to produce specialized items (for example, furniture, sporting goods, and novelties).