Why is wear layer on wood flooring so important?

When we first get into the discussion of wear layer, we must define the term wear layer.  Quite frankly it refers to the re-sandable wood surface above the tongue and groove on wood flooring.  On 3/4″ solid wood floors, the wear layer is typically 6 millimeters (0.23622 inch).  Depending on texture (yes, heavy texture does effect your future re-sandings), you can typically expect 4-5 re-sandings.

Now let us examine re-sandability of engineered wood floors.  With so many types of engineered wood floors in the marketplace, we will start by defining what an engineered wood floor is and what it is not.  First and foremost, it is not laminate!  Laminate wood floors are essentially a “photograph” of wood grain glued to some type of backing material.  In most cases it may be MDF or similar.  In reality engineered wood floors are constructed of either a rotary cut or sawn piece of lumber that is glued to a structural backing.  So why use engineered wood floors?  First, they may be directly glued to the concrete slab.  Secondly, if using a less stable specie (see chart), an engineered wood floor provides additional stability.  When you select a Woodwright product, you get a sawn piece of lumber on a structurally sound backer.  Yes folks, it is real wood!  When it comes to thicknesses and wear layer of engineered wood floors, you face a wealth of options.  Floor thicknesses may range form 3/8″ to 3/4″.

Our engineered wood floors typically come in 2 thicknesses.  First, we offer a 5/8″ engineered wood floor with 4 millimeters (0.15748 inch) of wear layer.  Again depending on texture, you can rely on 3-4 re-sandings.  Our second engineered wood floor is 6 millimeters (0.23622 inch) of wear layer.  This is apples to apples re-sandability as compared to solid wood flooring and you get the added stability if you are using less stable specie. See the image below for a chart on estimated re-sandings of wood floors with varying wear layers.

resandings of wood floors
A lot of times we will receive the comment about engineered wood floors that the client does not want engineered because they do not like the edge treatment of glossy, pre-filled finish that dominates the marketplace today.  You know what?  You do not have to settle for that either.  Woodwright’s engineered wood flooring can be installed, field sanded and finished to crate the seamless, site finish look so many clients crave.  Our engineered wood floors are completely customizable so you do not have to settle.

Getting back on track, so why is wear layer important?  Product life is the simple answer.  Rather than having to replace or throw away a thinner wear product, you can sand and finish  thicker wear layer product multiple times.  In our next post, we will expand on the cost evaluation to demonstrate the long term value of selecting wood flooring with thicker wear layer.

Cheers till next time!

Spring(s) of Change

A new season has dawned and Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company has experienced a few changes.  The most important is we have moved into our new Dallas showroom and manufacturing facility.  Our purchase of a new building in Dallas gives us almost three times the amount of square footage! This commitment is a promise to our clients that we are fully committed to providing them with the highest quality wood flooring in a timely manner.  By creating greater efficiencies, we will be able to manufacture our wood flooring in timely and cost-effective practices.  Here are a few pictures of the new plant:

Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company Dallas Exterior


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We will continue making improvements to the plant and showroom in Dallas.  Our new address is 425 Regal Row, Dallas, Texas 75247.  The Austin showroom is still located at 8900 Shoal Creek Boulevard, Suite 101, Austin, Texas.

In other changes that you may have noticed,we launched a new website as well as a social media strategy.  The launch is part of a rebranding initiative allowing Woodwright to more effectively communicate its unique, creative strengths to the architectural and design communities.

“Our decision to give the brand a fresh look is a reflection of the types of projects we have the honor to be involved in everyday,” said Steve Welch, CEO of Woodwright.  “The architectural and interior design communities have evolved over the 27 years we have been in business.  We wanted a brand, website that engages the social savvy client and represents the quality, creativity that we offer our clients.”

The most recognizable difference will be what clients will discover within the website.  It will allow users to search wood flooring by specie, color and texture. Visitors to the website will have the ability to “pin” samples to their personalized pinboards and order samples directly from the website.

In addition to the new website and logo, all materials will communicate to customers the creativity and quality of Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company. Woodwright’s continued goal is to inform and educate their clients about the process of designing with and installing these unique handcrafted floors.

That is all for now, but be on the look out for some mind-blowing new flooring projects from us.

Cheers till next time!


Curved Wood Flooring

Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company has prepared some new samples for our Architect + Design community.  We proudly introduce Bolefloor!   The name Bole comes from the name of the trunk of the tree.  The curved wood flooring follows the natural curvature of the tree trunk.

The product is available at Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company in Oak and Walnut.  Check out the gallery of this stunningly unique flooring transformation.

Thinking Big

Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company is a proud member of the National Hardwood Flooring Association (NWFA).    The purpose of the NWFA is to provide wood flooring manufacturers, distributors and installers with policy and standards regarding all things wood flooring.  Every year, the organization holds a Conference and Expo specifically geared towards wood flooring companies like ourselves.  This year the conference and expo were at the beautiful Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas-right in our backyard!  Our Architect + Design Consultants attended the three day show with the purpose of gaining additional education knowledge that we can pass on to you as well as discover and new exciting products that we could share with you, our clients.  .   In short, we went back to school and went design hunting.  Here is a brief recap of what we discovered from our three day tour.

  1. The facility, Gaylord Texan.  We were impressed with the Gaylord Texan as a conference destination.  First, you have reasonably priced covered parking.  Second, there are plenty of dining options.  The only thing we love more than wood flooring is food.  Just kidding-kind of!  Lastly, the size of the convention center was more than adequate.  There were three other shows/meetings at the same time but we never felt the Gaylord Texan to be too crowded.
  2. Opening Ceremonies.  The opening ceremony speaker was Howard Putnam, former CEO of Southwest Airlines.  The theme of this year’s show was Think Big.  It was a fitting title and message since we had all survived the economic downturn and all signs are pointing towards a recovery.  He spoke about creating an organization where people are your most important asset as well as overcoming difficult times.  We found Mr. Putnam to be very engaging and his message very relevant to our company.  To learn more about him, please visit his website here.
  3. Continuing Education.  The organization put on several classes to further educate those in the wood flooring industry.  Much os thsi knowledge is then passed on to you through our own Lunch and learns or CEU’s.  We attended a few classes on reclaimed wood flooring and specifying commercial wood floors just to name a few.  The CEU on commercial wood flooring even featured 4 of our projects!  So what did we learn?  Well you will have to wait and find out specifically.  We will be introducing some of the content into our presentations.  However we will note that our present presentation was 100% on target with the information we received from the NWFA instructors. In fact, our program goes into more detail.
  4. New products. Reclaimed, reclaimed, reclaimed.  There were several reclaimed wood suppliers at this show and we are excited about what we are going to create for you. Be on the look out for new samples of river reclaimed pine, reclaimed birch and reclaimed teak.  We will be issuing a product sheet in the near future on reclaimed teak that we believe will blow your mind.  Our A+D team have created some exciting new samples using reclaimed teak.  We even are creating a colorful wall application that may leave you saying “can they really do that?”.  Why, yes we can.

The close of the event was the awards show.  While we were nominated for several awards, we are sad to say we missed out on winning this year.  All the nominees are incredibly talented and are proud to have been associated with them.  Below are the images of the projects we had nominated.

Cheers till next time!