The engineered wood flooring market has experienced exceptional growth rates during the last several years— far beyond the growth experienced by conventional solid wood flooring. This growth, driven by consumer confidence in the quality, dimensional stability, and cost effectiveness of the product, will, according to one recent Floor Covering News article, account for “60 percent of the hardwood market within the next two years—up from about 50 percent today.”
Benefits of Engineered Wood Flooring
Despite claims in previous years that engineered wood flooring was “inferior” to its solid wood flooring counterpart, consumers today understand and accept that both are equally valid flooring options. In fact, as stated in the recent Floor Covering News article, “certain looks, lengths and widths can be achieved with engineered that either do not exist with solid or are more challenging to produce.” Furthermore, “engineered hardwood floors are also better suited than solid in certain installation applications, such as basements.”
Solid wood flooring is permanently nailed to the subfloor, and due to expansion and contraction issues, installers oftentimes leave a gap between the wall and the floor to account for swelling. Moisture can pose problems for solid hardwood floors and are not recommended for below-ground-level applications, such as basements. Engineered wood flooring, on the other hand, can be installed over concrete and in lower-level, basement applications.
Additionally, engineered wood flooring is significantly less expensive than solid wood flooring because of the availability of lower cost core, thereby offsetting the finished goods cost. Other benefits include fast installation, no onsite sanding or finishing, prevention of buckling, and improved resistance to heat and moisture.
Sustainability Benefits of Engineered Wood Flooring
According to the National Wood Flooring Association, “Sustainable forest management makes it possible to harvest wood without any serious impact on the environment, because trees are a renewable resource that can be regrown time and time again.” Thus, the fact that the amount of raw material needed to produce engineered wood flooring is less than that required to make solid wood flooring makes it a more environmentally-friendly option.
By utilizing sustainably harvested practices, thereby protecting the forest communities from which wood is extracted, coupled with the fact that engineered wood flooring can be salvaged and recycled, engineered wood flooring is increasingly becoming the flooring of choice.
Rapidex® 1011-149 Hot Melt Reactive Adhesive
H.B. Fuller has collaborated with many engineered wood flooring manufacturers over the years to support growth in both adhesive technology and technical support. As we continue to advance our adhesive technology with the introduction of the latest hot melt reactive products formulated specifically for the engineered wood flooring industry, we exceed stringent processing and finished goods specifications.
Our Rapidex® 1011-149 is a hot melt reactive adhesive used only in the manufacturing of floor planks and is pigmented black to enhance the bond line in reclaimed wood and also provides a visual site for coat weight during manufacturing. Our wide portfolio of installation adhesives from our Construction Products Division, coupled with our technical support, continue to provide guidance in establishing new manufacturing lines and shifts in adhesive technology from water-based to hot melt reactive.
North America Marketing Manager