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Recognizing Quality
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Quality hardwood flooring...
the difference stands out!
Itís easy to believe that all hardwood floors are similar, but donít be mistaken. Only floors that meet the most demanding criteria are recognized as high quality.

Before selecting the floor for your project, ask the dealer to open a box in front of you to check for these qualities:

Respect for grades
  Make sure the grade you chose with the help of samples is really whatís in the box. Every grade has its own characteristics that help create the look and style youíre seeking.
Straight boards of uniform thickness
  Lay a few boards on the floor and put them together. They should fit together perfectly and you shouldnít feel any variation in thickness.
Small and consistent V joints
  When put together, the boards form V joints where they meet. These joints must not be too deep, or dirt and dust can collect and make the floor hard to care for.
Uniform finish, even in the joints
  The durability of the finish is determined by the quality of the polyurethane and the process used to apply it. The bottom of the joints must also be perfectly coated with varnish or it will collect dirt and water, causing it to darken prematurely.
Highest standard of finish
  Finish needs to be applied in the right amount, not too thin and not too thick, in order to avoid a plastic effect and let the beauty of the wood show through.
Consistent color from one box to the next
  If the wood is stained, the stain should reach the bottom of the joints to ensure an even floor color. Check that the color is consistent from one board to the next and from one box to the next.
UV protection to fight yellowing
  Bright light and sun can cause wood from naturally pale species to yellow. UV protection in the polyurethane finish can reduce and slow this process down.
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Cutting methods
There are two main cutting methods for the hardwood portion of an engineered floor. Only the dry sawn method ensures a flawless appearance and the superior quality worthy of Mirage.
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Dry sawn: Hardwood precisely sawn in desired thickness of plank.






  • Same look as ĺ in. (19 mm) solid hardwood flooring
  • Color variations, uniformity, and natural grain beauty of the species is preserved
  • Each board is unique, no repetitive pattern
  • Ultra-thick wear layer
  • Can be sanded three to five times, as needed
The competition
Rotary peeled: Log is boiled and then peeled using a rotary cut (method used to make plywood)

  • Repetitive patterns similar to plywood
  • Ultra-thin wear layer can show cracks, nicked corners, and other imperfections
  • Can be sanded only once, sometimes not at all
  • Wood is softened by soaking it in a solution, which tends to yellow the surface