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The finest 100% solid birch ply backs our engineered oak floorboards. We harmoniously match the same specific weight per m3 with our Mountain Oak top layers and our solid Birch Ply base. The acoustic values for both sections of the board match to produce the same high quality sound when walked upon which is equal to our traditional solid oak floorboards.
Our brand of Birch Ply is WBP - Water Boiled Proof, which means you can submerge them in boiling water for 30 minutes with peace of mind and zero de-lamination, which is vital for longevity and internal moisture and temperature changes. Cheaper Birch plywood and softwood plywood would fail miserable in such demanding environmental conditions.
The pressure applied to secure our Mountain Oak top layers is 28 kg/cm2 (x3 more than the common 8 kg/cm2 with mass produced engineered flooring). Extra pressure eliminates minute difference's in structural thicknesses and removes much of the tension from the oak itself. Expertly applied overkill demands more board stability, thus eliminating potential after care problems.
The hardwood wear layer is produced just like a solid oak board. The tree is normally air dried, and then cut into thick planks. These are kiln dried and then sawn into a 3,4,5 or 6mm veneer, which is what we call the wear layer on an engineered board. This layer is carefully machined to create a high quality veneer that is both smooth and consistent in its dimensions. This process produces a board that has the same feel and grain appearance of a solid board. By cutting into thick logs and kiln drying them and then cutting the veneer it means that the wear layer is calibrated to a consistent thickness which avoids thick spots in the board and in turn would mean that the board is not evenly pressed and could end up inconsistently bonded.
The veneer is then coated by machine to get a consistent covering with a pre-mixed Dynea Adhesive before laying on top of a quality approved pre cut piece of multilayer Birch plywood. The plywood we use has a consistent thickness in each layer and is kiln dried to the same moisture level as the veneer.
Once this is completed the boards are "balanced in a kiln to ensure that the level of moisture in both the solid top layer and the plywood is the same before being processed in a profiling machine and finishing line.