Design considerations in engineered wood floor systems

Engineered wood products offer both dependable performance and design flexibility in a variety of structural floor systems. Their consistency and uniform performance provides strong, level, and squeak-free floors, meeting the expectations of builders and occupants alike.

More APA−The Engineered Wood Association resources for floor construction are available online at Of particular note:

  • Form R300, Engineered Wood Floor Systems Construction Guide for Canada;
  • APA Technical Note T350, Prevent Callbacks in Wood Flooring Installation;
  • APA Technical Note R280, Performance-rated Panel Subfloors under Hardwood Flooring; and
  • Form E715 CA, I-joist Construction Details–Canadian Limit States Design.

Cory McCambridge is an engineered wood specialist representing APA in Canada. Based in Mississauga, Ont., he
is an architectural technology graduate of Algonquin College. McCambridge has more than a decade of architectural and structural design and analysis experience, and has spent most of his career working in the prefabricated panel industry as a designer or design manager for various facilities across Canada. He can be reached via e-mail at

Jessica Wilbur is a writer and editor for APA. Based out of Tacoma, Wash., she is a graduate of Michigan State University, where she studied professional writing. Wilbur can be reached at

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