Engineered timber has its known benefits but the latest developments in this product have seen its use rise around the world because of its unique water resistance and stability.
Casa Italiana imports the Italian-made IPF timber flooring into New Zealand and has done for many years. Compared to other engineered timber flooring, IPF stands out primarily because it is handmade, and because of the intricate processes the timber goes through to reach its finished state.
The boards are put together with between five and nine layers of birchwood before the top solid timber layer is affixed, which is generally oak, but can be customised to suit design requirements.
“It’s because of this layering combined with the type of adhesives used that the flooring is able to remain stable in the New Zealand climate where we have large differences between summer and winter temperatures. We also have known issues with moisture in homes, so having water resistant flooring is important,” Casa Italiana’s Maurizio Pesciatini says.
“Each layer is glued with a phenolic glue which itself also has a very high resistance to moisture and temperature changes.”
While the standard range has very high resistance to moisture and can be installed in any area of the home including wet areas, the boards can also be made to order with the addition of a separate waterproofing product that allows the timber to be exposed to much more moisture.