What’s Hot in Hardwoods : HDF

In its appearance engineered hardwoods may look the same as solid hardwoods but below the surface it’s a different story.

Engineered wood flooring is real wood, with out the moisture and installation difficulties that you might run in to when working with solid wood flooring. The newest innovation in engineered hardwoods is the HDF Core, like an engineered floor it’s made in layers but unlike a normal engineered wood that uses a cris-crossed ply wood core, a HDF core is made from sawdust, shavings and woodchips from wood processing factories. These materials are ground into a pulp, resin is then added and this 8 inch thick material is then pressed in to panels reducing it down to around 3/8. This HDF core is much denser then the plywood core commonly used in engineered wood and creates a very dent and moisture resistant real wood floor.

HDF core has the highest moisture resistance found in a real wood floor and a high dent resistance making the species hardness up to 2 times harder then in its solid state. And when it comes to installation these HDF engineered hardwoods there is a large advantage over solid wood as well. A solid hardwood needs to be nailed down to a wood subfloor because solid wood expands and contracts with moisture in the width of the gain causing all sorts of problems. With an engineered wood floor not only do you not need nails, you can install directly over concrete, above or below grade. These clicking systems can be floated or glued together for ease of installation. Also many of our engineered floors can be used with radiant heating systems.

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