At Ekowood, we believe that consumers must be able to make an informed decision when selecting from a variety of wood flooring options. Wood by it’s very nature, is a more complex substance than most.
Firstly of course, wood is always on the move, which is all perfectly natural, and all, actually, quite predictable. The underlying cause of this change in the physical shape of wood is understood and really quite basic. In simple terms, it is the absorption and release of moisture which have a profound effect on the stability of wood. In wood selected for a solid (one piece) wood floor, the moisture content must be lowered by kiln drying, to comply with industry standards. But the woods ability to absorb moisture from the atmosphere remains. Often, with a solid (one piece) wood floor, the result of changes in moisture levels translates into visible and most undesirable distortion, usually in the form of shrinkage (gaps between boards). Cupping, bowing and springing are all terms used to describe the various forms of distortion common in an unmodified length of wood.
The last fifty years has seen a revolution. A gradual but dramatic improvement in the way wood is manufactured for flooring. Ekowood uses the successful European cross grain technology and the latest European machinery and plant available, to manufacture its wood flooring. Being a genuine three layer wood construction, the natural tendency for the face layer of wood to move in one direction is counteracted by opposing forces in the middle layer. The bottom layer provides further stability.
The result: genuine engineered hardwood flooring (EHF) is now the industry standard for assured quality and stability.
Comparisons with Solid Wood Flooring
There has been a change in attitude towards solid (one piece) wood flooring as engineered hardwood flooring has entered the market and remedied many of the issues associated with the traditional solid wood approaches.
The disadvantages of a solid wood floor are:
- Distortion in one form or another is likely to occur.
- Final colour and finish not known until last coat of lacquer applied and allowed to dry.
- First sanding will remove around 5mm from original thickness.
The full thickness of a solid floor can not be used as once the surface is sanded down to the depth of the tongue and groove joint, the joint is left exposed.
- Severe sanding is often necessary with a solid wood floor which results in the appearance of gaps at joints requiring fillers. After time these fillers break down and leave unsightly, deep and gaping joints.
- Wasteful of a precious hardwood resource. For every square metre of a solid wood floor, four square metres of engineered hardwood flooring can be produced.
- Time consuming installation.
Costly installation, often more than double that of engineered hardwood flooring by the time surface sanding and polyurethane is applied. Finished surface totally dependent on the sanders ability and a dust free atmosphere. Also critical is the correct application of up to 5 coats of polyurethane. Installation area declared a no-go zone for up to five days while being coated.
Ekowood have covered every aspect of wood flooring in the development of their product and have made dramatic improvements. As a result stability is now up to 70% greater than that of a solid wood floor. The accuracy and precision of the machining stands it apart from others. The best available raw materials, adhesives and lacquers are sourced from around the world.
The standard finish of each Ekowood product is nothing short of superb. Such a finish can only be achieved in a modern hi-tech production facility where there is a dust free environment and quality is monitored constantly. Health and wellbeing The smooth, impervious surface of Ekowood flooring cannot harbour dust mites or moulds, ensuring a better living environment, particularly for allergy sufferers.
Ekowood timber is harvested from forests which are carefully managed to ensure continued resource availability for future generations.
Value for Money
The Ekowood range of wood flooring is very competitively priced and represents excellent value for money in comparison to other flooring options. At the same time Ekowood has been proven to enhance the value of a property.
Ekowood is a very durable flooring and requires minimal maintenance. Provided with a certain level of care and respect, one can reasonably expect Ekowood to last generations.
Peace of Mind
As an industry leader, Ekowood satisfies the demanding and ongoing international standards of ISO 9001:2000. In adopting this proven manufacturing process and in combination with the use of only the best available raw materials and adhesives, Ekowood produces wood flooring so superior that it can offer a 25 year structural integrity warranty.