02:01PM | 04/16/05
Member Since: 04/15/05
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We are considering installing a Shaw engineered hardwood floor. We are lookining for feedback either good or bad. We are considering the Shaw Versalock 2 strip, floating floor. Has anyone installed this product in their house? Do you like it? Any problems with the veneer coming off? Thanks for all info.


06:53PM | 04/17/05
Member Since: 04/08/05
6 lifetime posts
i just bought my first home this month and i am planning on putting a hardwood floor in the kitchen. i talked my buddy about his hardwood floor that he installed and he told me to stay away from the laminated hardwood. ( which is what he put in). he said to just go ahead and pay the extra few cents a sq.ft. for real hardwood. he isn't pleased with the way it looks now. it is starting to peel up a little in places and it's only 2 years old. i don't know about the shaw hardwood flooring, but i just thought i would give my 2 cents on the subject.


11:34AM | 04/18/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
18 lifetime posts
I think there is a big difference in the manufacturer's quality, not so much that ALL laminates are bad... laminates are supposed to have more durability and less wear than regular hardwoods if they are installed correctly (which usually isn't tough).

Sorry I can't help you with the shaw flooring, I haven't seen their products, hopefully someone else on here can give you some firsthand advice. But if you find some reputable sources that say it is good, you probably won't have to worry.


06:38PM | 08/23/05
Member Since: 08/22/05
8 lifetime posts
For me, they're basically the same, this is if we are talking about engineered hardwood and solid hardwood. Laminates (like pergo)are a bit different..a laminate floor has a picture of wood adhered into an coreboard while engineered is an actual piece of wood, which means it has more depth. -- this is from what i understand when i did so much research before buying my floor. As I said, doesn't make much of a difference. most companies offer the same kind of warranty, durability is the same. The basic reason to choose one over the other is usage. In most cases, you can't install hardwood over concrete.

For brands.. ifloor's comparative article is a good resource. Here's the link:

Good luck! I hope you find the floor you need.
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