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shelbytri 08-18-2007 01:58 PM

Wood floors
 
I live in SC around the middle of the state and I'm building a house. I want to install real wood floors but I'm unsure of which type of wood to use for the floor. I have to take in consideration the climate in SC which is muggy and hot. I also would like a hard wood floor that I don't have to worry about the dents getting in the floor if I drop a can on it.

troubleseeker 08-18-2007 09:08 PM

The obvious is oak, either red or white. White is technically a little harder, but it is non significant for a residential application. To me, the red is a nicer looking floor, unless you want to keep it really blonde looking.

Depending on your like of the look it has and the style of the house, another option is genuine longleaf pine. It is available in a wide selection of grades, depending on how "rustic" a look you want or how "clear" a look your check book can tolerate. It will dent and dimple from ordinary daily use quite easily though.

Brazilian cherry is pretty tough, and very popular if you like the dark reddish brown color of it.

slakker 08-18-2007 09:43 PM

Though not technically wood, bamboo flooring is getting quite popular. It's very hard and naturally water resistent.

yummy mummy 08-18-2007 09:55 PM

No matter how hard the surface of any wood floor or laminate for that matter, if you drop something on it like a can, you will most definitely get a dent.

Some woods may be more scratch resistant, but anything that you drop on wood will dent.

Darylh 08-19-2007 12:06 AM

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Originally Posted by yummy mummy (Post 58366)
No matter how hard the surface of any wood floor or laminate for that matter, if you drop something on it like a can, you will most definitely get a dent.

Some woods may be more scratch resistant, but anything that you drop on wood will dent.

I wonder how many of us has found this out the hard way :furious:
Prefinished flooring scratches easier than the regular hardwood you have to sand fill and poly. The more coats the more resistant it is but never perfect.

yummy mummy 08-19-2007 12:33 PM

Oh yes, Darylh.

I have found this out. :furious:

The first dent is hard to take.
But after the first one, it doesn't bother you as much. Still bothers me, but not as much.

I have prefinished hardwood flooring throughout my home, and they are pretty scratch resistant, but dents if something drops, it will definitely dent.

Darylh 08-19-2007 12:45 PM

I have found that ours does scratch fairly easy but one of my costomers has the regular in there house but they had 4 coats of poly put on and it is really resistant to scratches.


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