Solid hardwood flooring naturally moves with changes in Relative Humidity (RH). In dry climates with low RH%, the wood shrinks, causing gapping in the floor. In wet conditions, the wood swells, potentially causing cupping in the floor boards. Our specialized ¾” 3-ply wide plank system incorporates 3 layers of North American hardwood, specially cured and cross-plied to ensure stability, minimal floor movement, and the elimination of gapping and cupping.
Many engineered floors are made with an imported plywood base, which is less expensive to produce. However, the hardwood wear layer and the plywood sub-structure react differently to changes in moisture and expand or contract at different rates, potentially causing unsightly gapping and delamination between the layers. This delamination is an actual break-down in the structure of the floor. V3 flooring is crafted with 3 layers of North American hardwood which has only 2 glue seams, both made in the USA with American-made adhesives.
V3 flooring has a standard wear layer of 4.5mm (or 3/16”), panel sanded to 100-grit. This is the same wear layer found in solid hardwood flooring and can be refinished just as many times as traditional solid hardwood flooring. A 6mm custom wear layer is also available.
Relative Humidity (RH) is most simply described as the amount of moisture that’s in the air compared to how much moisture the air can hold at a certain temperature. For example, 50% RH means the air contains half the moisture it can hold at that temperature. Wood gains or loses moisture and expands or shrinks based on the RH in the surrounding air.
At low RH% (for example, Colorado in January), the air is very dry and therefore a hardwood floor is prone to shrinking and gapping. At a high RH% (for example, Florida in August), the air is very saturated and the hardwood floor is swelling to its maximum capacity. V3 flooring is an ideal solution in climates that see a wide swing in RH% throughout the year. V3 flooring’s StableCor™ construction provides maximum stability in these conditions, resulting in significantly reduced movement (meaning expansion and contraction) within the floor.
The ideal RH% range for solid hardwood flooring is between 35%-50%, compared to the wider range of 29%-60% which is ideal for V3. A hygrometer in the same interior area as the hardwood flooring will help you manage the relative humidity levels.
Yes! Because of the StableCor™ middle layer, V3 flooring is the ideal hardwood flooring option to install over in-floor radiant heat. Radiant heat will lower the moisture content of hardwood flooring, causing excessive shrinkage, gapping and cupping in solid flooring and many competitors’ engineered product. V3’s specialized ¾” 3-ply wide plank system incorporates 3 layers of American hardwood, specially cured and cross-plied to ensure stability and minimal floor movement.
Below-grade conditions are notorious for flooring complications due to moisture and relative humidity. Because of V3 Flooring's StableCor™ middle layer, V3 Flooring is the ideal hardwood flooring option to install below-grade. Our specialized 3-ply system incorporates 3 layers of North American hardwood, cross-plied to ensure stability, minimal floor movement, and the elimination of cupping.
V3 flooring is recommended to be nailed or glued down according NWFA guidelines. Schafer Hardwood Flooring Co., the creator of V3 3-ply ¾” wide plank flooring, carries both cleats and Stauf USA adhesive products. These can be purchased and shipped along with your flooring order.
V3 flooring is produced as unfinished flooring, to be site finished after installation. We also offer custom details including beveled edges, hand-scraping, and wire-brush texturizing. A custom prefinished option is available for V3 flooring. Because of the additional costs, time, and set-up requirements involved in this process, the prefinished option is available for orders of 2,000 sq. ft. or larger.
V3 flooring is available in widths up to 11” wide and lengths up to 10’ long! Each standard bundle of V3 flooring contains an assortment of lengths from 18” to 10’, with a minimum average of 4’-5’ (depending on grade). Custom long lengths are available, as well as Herringbone and Chevron patterns.
V3 flooring can be crafted in a wide variety of species and grades. Our standard species and grades include (but are not limited to):
- American Cherry – Select, Natural, Character
- Hickory – Select, Character
- Hard Maple – First, Natural, Country Natural, Character
- Red Oak – Select, Natural, Character
- American Walnut – Select, Natural, Character
- White Oak – Northern Clear, Select, Natural, Character, Live Sawn,
*Plain Sawn, Rift & Quartered, All Rift, and All Quartered cuts available for White Oak.
We also offer custom details including beveled edges, hand-scraping, and wire-brushing texturizing.
We have a beautiful showroom located in Tecumseh, Michigan. If you are in the area, our showroom is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm. We invite you to stop by and see the latest in flooring options. For an appointment, please contact us through our website. You may also call our showroom at 517-423-4661 or 866-Schafer (866-724-2337) or email us at email@example.com
If you are visiting via our website or phone, we will do whatever we can to work with you on your flooring project. We welcome all inquiries to our sales team.
V3 flooring does not need to acclimate for a period of time, due to the nature of the StableCor™ middle layer, provided the Relative Humidity is between 29%-60%. For best results, we recommend acclimating V3 flooring for a minimum of 48 hours to allow the material to adjust to the climate of the room.
No! V3 flooring is constructed with 3 layers of North American hardwood; the 2 glue seams are produced in the USA with American-made adhesives. These adhesives are 100% VOC free (formaldehyde and solvent free).
Rift and quartered refer to two types of techniques used to saw lumber. Both rift sawing and quarter sawing involve angling cuts around the growth rings of a tree, producing a linear-looking “rift” grain. Quarter sawing, however, produces vibrant flecks along with the linear-looking rift grain pattern, creating a unique look. White Oak is a popular choice for both of these types of cuts.
Plain sawn and live sawn lumber also refer to specific sawing techniques. Plain sawn lumber is cut around the outside of the center by rotating the log with each cut. This creates the “cathedral” grain pattern. Live sawn lumber is created by straight-cutting from one side of the log to the other side, including through the center. It is also known as “European Oak”.
VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are released into the air from solvents found in adhesives, paint, cleaning supplies, etc. Exposure to VOC concentrations has been found to cause respiratory and allergy irritations, as well as potential long-term health effects.