Federal Way, Wash.— Hardwood Edge, new from Weyerhaeuser, is the industry’s first OSB floor panel specifically engineered for use under hardwood floors. The panels offer enhanced dimensional stability and high density that provide for outstanding fastener holding—ideal for the demands of hardwood floors. Hardwood Edge flooring is backed by a 65-year limited product warranty and a 365-day limited no-sand guarantee.
Hardwood flooring poses unique challenges for installers: The inherent swelling and shrinkage of wood as a natural material, improper acclimatization of hardwood, and insufficient drying time if the OSB is wet can work together to loosen fasteners, which can lead to pops and squeaks in a finished floor. Hardwood Edge panels are the result of multiple years of research by Weyerhaeuser, working closely with builders and flooring contractors, to create a product that is designed for use under all hardwood floors.
“Hardwood flooring is one of the most popular finishes for new homes, but it requires a stable, reliable subfloor that can withstand the high moisture conditions we have here in the Mid-Atlantic,” said David Walters, tactical product manager for Weyerhaeuser OSB. “Hardwood Edge flooring’s increased density and superior fastener-holding properties ensure hardwood flooring goes down easily and stays put, helping to reduce callbacks.”
Along with improved fastener-retention and high density, the panels include patented Down Pore drainage technology: Three specially shaped grooves at panel ends that eliminate standing water to reduce the potential for water absorption. That built-in drainage, along with the panels’ proprietary edge seal, dramatically reduces edge swell, virtually eliminating the need to sand.
Available in a standard 4′ x 8′ panel size and 23/32′′ thickness, Hardwood Edge panels are fully sanded and include a printed fastener template. The panels are designed to be installed consistent with the recommendations of the National Wood Flooring Association, including allowing the OSB to dry, allowing the hardwood flooring to acclimatize, and ensuring the difference in moisture content between OSB and flooring is within the range specified by the hardwood manufacturer.
Hardwood Edge flooring is initially available in the Mid-Atlantic region only. For more information, visit www.HardwoodEdge.com.