Unfinished square-edged engineered flooring.
This is a product that most people don’t see when they visit hardwood flooring showrooms because it is not finished until after it is installed. It is usually a special order item.
We are fans of engineered flooring when the customer wants floor boards wider than 4 inches in width, which is a plank width. Also, when the overall plan involves both a plank and patterned floor. Engineered flooring offers dimensional stability which is very important to prevent open gaps from appearing between boards due to seasonal shrinkage.
These variables came into play on a recent job we did. We started by ordering a character grade White Oak Plank with matching character grade White Oak Herringbone parquet. We ordered both the plank and the herringbone stock in the same thickness from the same manufacturer, then laid each piece one at a time – the herringbone laid in mastic, and the plank nailed in place.
This is what it looked like after it was installed, before sanding and finishing.
We then sanded the floors to a smooth and level surface, using a full trowel spread of a color-matched wood floor filler. Since this floor was going to be finished with a natural finish and no stain, we used several different wood filler colors. The darkest open knots received a dark wood filler, the medium colored knots, a lighter color, and the rest of the floor got a white oak colored filler.
The plank floor is a 6″ width plank in random lengths, and is laid adjacent to the herringbone floor, so a seamless transition between floors is necessary.
The customer wanted the hallway to go the other direction, so we changed the direction down the hall.
Since there was a staircase at the entryway, we had treads made up using a character grade white oak, so that the stairs better matched the floors. The stair treads were laid up from solid 1″ thickness white oak using a common grade of lumber. The open ends were “returned” with a solid white oak nosing, then all was sanded and finished in place. This particular staircase will be completed with a welded iron rail system, so all the woodworking is done. The iron rail system will just be bolted into place to complete the job.
When all is said and done, this is a “traditional” approach to constructing both floors and stairs. The advantage of using unfinished square-edged engineered flooring is that we could provide a wood floor with stability from movement and shrinkage, matched to the solid wood of the staircase, and resulting in a surface that can be refinished many times in future years.
Day Flooring Company, LLC