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dom

09:48AM | 01/19/04
Member Since: 01/18/04
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My husband and I are currently building a reproduction center chimney colonial in New England. We are making it as authentic as possible and because of this we are going to install wide pine floors (12-20 in). I have done lots of research on the internet and we have visited companies in just about every state in New England. I have found a very large discrepency in pricing. One Mill in NH (which is very well known) said that they only use the center of the trees and every one elses uses the rest of the trees and that is why their wood is so much better and costlier. So is there really a difference in quality between the 10in pine floors that Lumber Liquidators is selling at $1.19 a sf and the 10in floors that this mill is selling for $4.75 a sf? Also is kiln dried wood pretty much the standard for pine flooring and if not would you ever consider putting pine flooring in that has not been kiln dried? Lastly with wide planks would you reccommend ship lap, t and g, or square edging? Thanks for any info anyone might have.

carpetman

04:24PM | 01/19/04
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
what matters about drying is how much water content is left in the wood,not how it was dryed.try to get down to about 6%...
i'm sure there is a major diff.in quality
in the two products you mention...
on planks that wide i would think you need a square edge,but go with what the mgf, and your installer says..good luck
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