Engineered wood flooring is a newer term used for wood that has been pre-manufactured using precise molds to create the product. Engineered wood, also known as engineered wood, man made wood, composite wood, or manufactured plank, contains a series of complex derivative wood materials that are manufactured by bonding the individual strands together using polyester resin and other resins.
Engineered wood is superior in many ways to natural wood flooring, including durability, environmental friendliness, and the ability to be custom finished in any color of stain or color of gloss. Engineered wood flooring is also more affordable than natural wood flooring, which is an attractive alternative for homeowners with smaller budgets who do not want to replace or repair their existing floors.
While engineered wood flooring, like that from Irwin Tiles, is similar in many ways to its natural counterpart, it contains layers of synthetic resins rather than individual wood strands. The synthetic layers can be applied to any part of the floor, although the back layers tend to be stiffer and are often referred to as a ‘back-fill’ for easy cleaning and care.
Engineered flooring with a layer of synthetic resin also offers the advantage of variable lofts, which means that the floor can be easily manipulated depending on the need for extra space, such as additional storage, in specific areas. The bottom layers, known as the ‘base material’, are usually made from particleboard or other particleboard-backed materials such as thin layers of plywood and veneer.