Benefits of Engineered Wood
22 Apr 2021 Decks and Patios
Engineered wood is a highly versatile and sustainable option for construction projects, flooring, and other areas where traditional hardwood is used. Also known as composite wood, man-made wood, or manufactured board, engineered wood is manufactured by binding the strands, particles, fibres, or veneers of wood together with adhesives and pressure. This forms a composite wood material that is engineered to precise performance and safety standards. Country Lumber is proud to provide a full selection of engineered TJI joists, microlam, Parallam®, and Timberstrand® products for all projects. To demonstrate the effectiveness of these products, their team has provided a list of key benefits of engineered wood.
Why Choose Engineered Wood?
Engineered wood offers a variety of benefits for all types of construction projects and facilities. When you choose engineered wood, you are choosing a solution that is:
Engineered for Optimal Versatility
Engineered wood products can be constructed in a variety of shapes and lengths that natural wood may not be available in. This allows for the use of one extremely long piece of lumber instead of multiple pieces of hardwood that have been joined together, reducing labour requirements. Engineered wood is also available in large sheets known as pressboard. These sheets are ideal for a variety of construction and decorative purposes. Engineered wood can be effectively used for support beams, flooring, cabinets, desks, and many other parts of a project.
Built to Provide Strength and Durability
Engineered wood does not have naturally occurring knots or other weak points that are present in natural lumber. This allows for consistent strength and durability throughout the entire piece of wood. The glue used to join the wood particles and veneers together greatly increases resistance to water and moisture. As a result, engineered wood is more resistant to rot, insects, and mold. Engineered wood is also more resistant to warping and cracking compared to natural wood, increasing its durability and total usable life.
Sustainability is of the utmost importance when it comes to the lumber industry in BC. Companies must ensure that the demand for natural lumber/hardwood does not outweigh the supply. That is why many operations are starting to utilize engineered wood products in their construction projects. Engineered wood products are constructed from the leftover particles and pieces of processed hardwood products. Materials that would normally be burned or disposed of are now used to construct sustainable lumber products, minimizing waste and reducing the number of trees needed for hardwood supply.
To learn more about the benefits of engineered wood products and our other lumber solutions, reach out to the experts at Country Lumber. They can be reached by phone at 604-533-4447 or through their online contact form and will be happy to assist you.