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Everything You Need To Know About Wood Accent Walls

by Jason Brubaker

There’s nothing like the look of real wood, which may be why so many commercial buildings use wood not only for flooring and accents, but for cladding as well.

Architects, builders, and business owners alike can benefit from the use of engineered wood accent walls like those made by Nydree, which are lighter, easier to use, and longer lasting than traditional wall cladding.

Engineered Wood vs. Solid Wood

Solid wood planks are heavy, difficult, and time consuming to install, and will eventually begin showing wear. Engineered wood’s multi-ply base has a 1/10-inch thick layer of acrylic-infused wood on top. The multiple plies mean that the cladding is far more stable, and easier to work with, than solid wood.

The acrylic-infused veneer also resists a lot of the splintering, gouging, and scratching that can occur. Tests have shown that engineered wood planks are 300% stronger than solid wood planks, making them significantly more durable in the long term.

The cladding can also be beveled, edged, and mitered easily to expose more of the wood grain. Engineered wood also has the color-infused through the entire board, rather than simply applied to the surface. This ensures that the color will stay truer longer, regardless of beveling, edging, or use.

The lighter weight and easily obtained edging of the planks mean that they can be installed in a fraction of the time, saving on installation costs. The planks are ready for installation without needing to be finished onsite, which can dramatically speed up installation time, while keeping costs down.

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Engineered Wood in Retail Settings

High-end retail establishments need to reflect their client’s ideals at all times. This means that top-quality materials need to go into their design, including the walls and ceilings.

Engineered wood gives you the rich, luxurious look you want in your retail setting, while withstanding a high-traffic customer base. The walls can be customized to meet your needs with a wire-brushed or smooth finish. Both finishes hold up well to shelving, racks, hangers, furniture, and the everyday bumps, bangs, and scrapes that can occur.

The planks are also available in a wide range of colors and finishes, complementing the décor of the establishment, regardless of palette or style.

Engineered wood can also improve the acoustics of the room, dampening sound from outside the rooms. The result is a cozy, intimate establishment that focuses your client’s attention.

Engineered Wood in Hotels

Hotels need to do more than simply give guests a place to sleep; they need to cater to their every need, while making them feel at home. For that reason, many hotels are going out of their way to improve their décor on several levels.

Engineered wood cladding helps insulate the area they’re installed on, improving acoustics and dampening outside sound. Whether you’re installing planks in a bedroom, a boardroom, or an elevator, you can be sure that your guests are getting the ultimate privacy, as well as sound control.

The lightweight planks are also ideal for both full-wall coverings, as well as accent settings in lobbies, stairwells, and hallways. The rich colors and texture add a luxurious touch to anywhere it’s installed, and because the planks and boards can be beveled or mitered, you can enhance the natural wood grain that also enhances the hotel’s style.

The thinner nature of the engineered wood cladding allows them to be installed where solid wood may not be able to. These areas include desk fronts, room dividers, or other areas that need a finishing element.

Engineered wood planks are also lower maintenance and longer-lasting than solid wood, thanks to the acrylic-infused top layer. No matter how many guests pass through the hallways and rooms clad with the planks, they’ll keep their good looks for longer, eventually paying for themselves over their lifetime in lower maintenance costs and repairs.

Make a Better Choice of Wall Cladding

Regardless of the type of commercial establishment you need wall planks for, engineered wood cladding outperforms solid wood. It won’t scratch or dent the way that solid wood will, and it holds its beauty longer no matter how high-traffic the establishment is.

With many colors, widths, and styles to choose from, it’s easy to find an engineered wood that can match the project you’re working on.

No other wood product holds up as well as acrylic-infused planks. And no other wood product or tile is as lightweight and ready to be used on walls or ceilings. If you want to get the look, feel, and style of real wood for your next commercial project, consider using engineered wood cladding or wall planks to get the style, performance, and durability that you’re after.