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BATTLE OF ENGINEERED FLOORS2/2
I'm a cabinetmaker being asked for my opinion on engineered flooring. Species will be white oak up to 12" wide. Ultra high-end job.
I've attached a photo of 3 products from 2 different vendors.
Type 1: 7mm solid oak faces with 7mm solid, cross grain core
Type 2: 4mm solid faces + 10 mm solid, cross grain core
Type 3: 4mm solid faces + 12mm Russian Birch core
My question is - The construction of Type 2&3 balance the approx. mass of solid wood with the approx mass of the core. The vendor says the ratio is about 45% solid oak (by mass) to about 55% cross band core or ply core. They argue that this provides a better balance than the construction of Type 1.
This makes sense to me but I'd like opinions. I see the appeal of the thicker wear layer which would allow more sanding and refinishing but that's not really an issue on this job.
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