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brooker

09:37AM | 05/26/05
Member Since: 11/06/03
31 lifetime posts
Bvflooring
Has anyone heard of this being used for hardwood flooring? Did a search and could only see it in reference to furniture. I feel we might be getting the run around. Asked our builder for an estimate on oak for new addition, he first told me he had a Brazilian Hardwood (Timberano) that would save us a gand or so. Promised to drop off samples. Partner dropped off samples and I just spoke to him who said it was Chinese Oak. Asked for grade/hardness/etc. and he told me that it didn't really come with a grade. Unfortunately, I seem to know just enough to question this, but not enough to ask the right questions to avoid a rip off. If someone can help me quickly, I'd really appreciate it!

bravey

10:00AM | 05/26/05
Member Since: 06/23/04
164 lifetime posts
I have no direct experience with "chinese oak" but can tell you that floors have been finished with nearly every type of wood from soft pine to ebony. In North America red or white oak have been the standard for better floors. Here in Texas, pine and cypress floors can be found. As hardwood availability has diminished and costs risen, foreign sources of lumber have become very competitive. Whereas grading systems exist for domestic hardwoods, none actively exist for imports. Just because it comes from China (and it may not) doesn't mean that the wood is a poor flooring material. Similarly, just because it is "oak" does't mean that it will perform as well as domestic oak.

If the cost saving are a factor, ask the installer to provide you with a list of two or three installations that you can visit. Be sure to look at one that has been in place for a year or more and check for shrinkage or curing problems. Ask the owners how the floor has performed and how good the contractor was. A good track record is your best guarantee.

Regards

brooker

07:11AM | 05/27/05
Member Since: 11/06/03
31 lifetime posts
I was hoping I could find someone on the board that has heard of this. I think my builder has just started using it.

fairpacific

08:11PM | 06/13/05
Member Since: 06/13/05
1 lifetime posts
Chinese oak is imported from China as flooring. It's very similar to american white oak in look though it can be much browner. It is harvested from younger trees than typical for American oak, so can be a little less dimensionally stable and a little less hard.

It is a reasonably good flooring material though, takes stain quite well, and performs well in most situations. It is often used in engineered flooring, but you can find it solid as well.

I import Chinese oak flooring, so if you have any other questions, please drop me a note.

Regards

-Greg Pasquariello

Fair Pacific Trading Company

-Greg Pasquariello

www.fairpacific.com

brooker

06:07AM | 06/14/05
Member Since: 11/06/03
31 lifetime posts
Thank you for the information. I believe we have decided to go with the Brazilian Timborano, unless we hear a horror story about it in the next 24 hours. He is quoting us about $8.20 a sq. ft in MD, includes flooring,materials, labor and transitions. Does this sound reasonable?
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