Find out about Albany Woodworks' new and affordable Engineered Flooring Collections and how they are maintaining their reclaimed roots.
If you would have asked President of Albany Woodworks, Richard Woods, if one day he would be selling custom made reclaimed engineered flooring, the answer would have been no! "Back then, engineered products had a bad name. They were considered cheap and not well made." stated Richard. "However recently people have been focusing on using flooring for different applications like walls and ceilings, and I knew that the market was moving away from traditional solid, custom floors."
Richard saw an opportunity to create an affordable, ecosmart engineered flooring using the reclaimed, antique woods he has been selling for nearly four decades. He sought out a company that had the ability to take his flooring and convert it into an engineered product. But this couldn't be ANY engineered floor. "It had to be the best of the best," said Richard, "to maintain the reputation that I have earned since I started in 1976 as a straight shooting, quality focused business man. People know that when they order from Albany Woodworks they are going get a guarantee of quality."
He was able to set up shop with a company that could provide him with top of the line, sustainable Baltic Birch plywood backing. This backing creates long lasting stability and durability for the Albany Woodworks' engineered line. "Another engineered myth we had to overcome was the lack of wear surface," stated Richard. So, he opted for a 4 mil wear surface to ensure that customers could refinish their floors several times, whether it be to change with the trends or after 20 years of wear and tear.
To make it as environmentally friendly as possible, the reclaimed wood is adhered to the backing with a low VOC glue, meaning it is non-toxic and healthy for family and pets. "The goal was an environmentally friendly product that would be affordable yet a long lasting value for the next generation of home builders. That is why all of our current flooring collections come as engineered with a range of costs to make sure we can offer everyone a product for their dream home."