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Old July 15th, 2013, 05:31 PM   #1
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Default Wood flooring?

What have you guys used and experienced? We are looking at the engineered-but who makes the best and most durable? Thanks
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Old July 15th, 2013, 05:42 PM   #2
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I have engineered, plywood based, Beechwood verneer.

Personally.........I would go 3/4" solid flooring if I re do this one...........sanding and refinishing a soild floor is by far easier and cheaper than replacing the engineered floor
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I have engineered, plywood based, Beechwood verneer.

Personally.........I would go 3/4" solid flooring if I re do this one...........sanding and refinishing a soild floor is by far easier and cheaper than replacing the engineered floor
X2 I have a 14 year old pre-finished bruce hardwood floor in my living room, it did install fast, but the solid 3/4" is a much nicer floor.
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Old July 16th, 2013, 07:03 AM   #4
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X2 I have a 14 year old pre-finished bruce hardwood floor in my living room, it did install fast, but the solid 3/4" is a much nicer floor.
X3. Unless you're installing in the basement.
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Old July 16th, 2013, 07:59 AM   #5
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We did a 3/4 solid flooring in most of our house and love it. It is a prefinished hand scraped hickory from great lakes wood floors http://www.greatlakeswoodfloors.com/. It has been very durable over the last 3 years that we have had it installed and comes with a 50 yr warranty on the finish. You can also sand it down and refinish in as well so you figure that it will last quite a long time.

We installed ourselves and it really was not that hard. I picked up a flooring nailer from Amazon for ~$120 and it did a great job putting down ~1400 SQ FT of flooring.
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Engineered hardwood is junk. I found out the hard way. If you have kids or dogs you will hate it.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 09:06 AM   #7
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I bought mine here (in Tecumseh):
http://www.schaferhardwoodflooring.com/

They make it in the buildings around the showroom. When you buy it, you will buy it out of a pole barn on the premises. They're really nice, they also sell sealers and cleaners at an affordable price (same price as big box stores or less). When I bought it, they were a buck a square foot cheaper than Lumber Liquidators.


This guy used to work there:
http://www.plankflooring.com/
So he started his own business (Frame Hardwoods) in Chelsea. He's kind of an asshole. I showed up to buy some Hickory and to try to match some existing Red Oak I had in the house. The whole experience resulted in me not buying anything from him (his wife is way nicer). He has a giant house just north of town in which he split it so his house is on only 4 acres and made 100+ around it a "reserve" so that he doesn't have to pay taxes on it all. He also has tax abatement on his business in Chelsea and pays his employees mediocre at best.
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