Friday, June 13, 2014
For the curious, this is an engineered hardwood flooring product, 5/8" thick. Essentially that means it's high quality plywood with a fairly thick veneer of hickory on the side that shows. The flooring folks recommended this for the basement, because the floor is being installed directly to the concrete floor. Because concrete is permeable to water, there will likely be some moisture that gets to the wood. Solid hardwood (the traditional style) is likely to warp in such a circumstance, whereas engineered wood, because the plies are oriented crosswise, will be much less likely to warp.
Hickory naturally has a lot of color variation and a lot of visible grain. The product I selected includes some small knots, which adds some additional variation. The photo at left shows a closeup view of one small section of the floor, to give you an idea what this looks like. I love all this variation, but I'm told that most people – and all right-thinking people – prefer more consistent patterns and gentler variations. To them I say “Fine. Let me have the good stuff!”
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