Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Engineered Wood is Good for Your Kitchen

Nothing screams going old-school in your kitchen like wood. When wood materials, specifically engineered lumber, is used as the main flooring for a kitchen remodeling project, the effect can be worth it if you tie in a trusted contractor for the work.  

Engineered lumber has been getting a positive reputation everywhere due to its ability to resist moisture, stability, and versatility. Aside from floorings, framing products made of engineered wood are also used for higher ceilings and larger open spaces. Laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and I-joists are the most popular engineered wood framing products in the market, and for very good reason. LVL is a wood veneer, often made of pine, poplar, or fir, that can withstand moisture and is extremely stiff and stable, making it the ideal material for door and window headers, ridge beams, and stair stringers.

I-joists, on the other hand, are I-shaped engineered beams that are known for being lighter than sawn lumber and able to span greater distances, thus an ideal material for higher ceilings. Engineered lumber is now becoming a great material for flooring redesign or total kitchen remodeling, which can turn an ordinary kitchen into a sophisticated one for a fraction of the cost.

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