Latest Discussions : Flooring & Stairs


06:33PM | 03/06/04
Member Since: 03/05/04
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We are planning to redo our floors. There are SO MANY TYPES to choose from now!

I have bad feelings about Pergo type products.

Does anyone have any feelings about prefinished wood floors or brands, etc.,

or should we just do basic floors then sand and finish????




04:22PM | 03/08/04
Member Since: 08/27/03
254 lifetime posts

the best engineered floor in the world in my opinion.

and yes I have been around :)


02:24PM | 03/09/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
For the money I would use nothing but solid wood floors.

There is hardly any cost differential between solid wood floors and engineered wood floors...and solid wood still has all the advantages.


07:45AM | 03/12/04
Member Since: 08/27/03
254 lifetime posts
Homebuild is right, solid is not that much more than a real good engineered, but if you live in a dry climate, or are installing on concrete, engineered is way more stable, just pick one that has a thick top layer.


06:45PM | 03/13/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
Solid wood outperforms engineered under ALL conditions, even over concrete and in dry and wet climates.


04:31AM | 03/16/04
Member Since: 03/14/04
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Also, if overall smoothness of the floor is important to you, you'll prefer a solid 3/4" floor that has been sanded & stained.

You can also get solid wood flooring that is prefinished;

I'm in the middle of installing a 5/16" solid oak cherry pre-finished. Looks good, but isn't perfect. If I did it again, i would select the 3/4" and stain myself.


07:39AM | 03/16/04
Member Since: 08/27/03
254 lifetime posts
Anyone here ever live in Alaska?

great state to test the stability of wood floors.

Solids are not as stable as Engineered, it's like saying particleboard is more stable than plywood.

Dan is right, a solid floor sand on site cannot get anymore even, it is perfect. It can tend to gap more in the winter than an engineered, and an engineered can still gap a tad.

Solids have a thick finish availability, and lots of engineered has a thinner wear layer.

Kahrs hardwood has one of the thickest wear layers I have seen on an engineered, and stays consistantly more stable than 3/4 time and time again, but I still like 3/4 for the feel, and the finish availability.

gaping will go away after higher humidity anyway.


06:51PM | 03/16/04
Member Since: 03/15/04
28 lifetime posts
First, let me say I have to agree with Floorcraft..there's no way you can say that 3/4" always outperforms engineered wood. It just doesn't prove out. Now, that being said, I think everyone who's posted a response is missing the most important consideration...what does the homeowner want from the floor? How are they going to use it? How much maintenance do you want to do? What kind of subfloors do you have? What areas of the home are you doing? Have you tested for moisture levels,and if so, what are they? There's no pat answer for what is differs for everyone.

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