The evolution of processing trees into flooring has changed through the years. Because of technology advances and environmental concerns, we have new ways to craft beautiful, resilient, and affordable wood flooring.
Traditional methods cut lumber into solid hardwood floors with three basic cuts: plain sawn, rift and quartered, and live sawn. Each cut creates a unique look between swirling patterns, shimmering flecks, and straight uniform lines.
Manufacturers cut engineered flooring with these methods along with others that are unique to engineered, like rotary and sliced. These methods produce wear layers that range in appearance, width, and thickness.
A wear layer is the top layer of wood adhered to the plywood core of an engineered floor. The wear layer is an important part of the floor because it affects:
- The look of the floor
- Whether it can be re-sanded or not
- The overall thickness of the floor
- The price tag
We call these wear layer types Heirloom Cut™, Eco Cut™, and Classic Cut™.
Let’s dive into each of these to learn their unique advantages and which one is right for your project.