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jrw 12-09-2009 08:55 PM

3/8's solid vs 3/8's engineered?
 
Hello Everyone!

I fixing to replace the carpet throughout my house with Brazilian Cherry. The first floor is slab so I have to use something that can be glued down while the second floor is obviously not slab. :wink:

So my question for those of you more experienced with hardwood flooring is would you go with engineered downstairs and solid upstairs or would you just go solid all the way? I like the idea of buying one *type* of flooring and being done with it but I'm not sure thats the best route.

Thanks in advance for any replies! :thumbup:

James

msv 12-09-2009 10:19 PM

engineered is said to be more resistant to moisture variations due to it's construction(layers are stacked with alternating grain direction). For glue down i'd recommend engineered. as for upstairs, you can buy the same product and nail it down.

jrw 12-09-2009 10:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by msv (Post 364358)
engineered is said to be more resistant to moisture variations due to it's construction(layers are stacked with alternating grain direction). For glue down i'd recommend engineered. as for upstairs, you can buy the same product and nail it down.

So in your opinion engineered is the way to go? Can you suggest a quality brand?

Thanks for the reply!

James

msv 12-09-2009 10:49 PM

well, there's a lot of brands out there... the most famous ones are Bruce/Armstrong(they're the same company), mannington, BR-111, etc...
try this: go here: http://www.ifloor.com/help/samples.html. You can get free samples(only pay for shipping) of the ones that catch your eye. I'm not saying that you buy your wood from them. but once you have the samples, you can get an idea of how each dents, scratches etc... See how you like the finish, thickness of the wear layer, etc.. once you decide on one ,that's when you shop around for it. Personally, i like Bruce/Armstrong products. I've put this one down and i love it: http://www.armstrong.com/flooring/ha...loor-89857.asp.
Do your own research, all will have good and bad reviews.
Good Luck...

jrw 12-10-2009 06:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by msv (Post 364371)
well, there's a lot of brands out there... the most famous ones are Bruce/Armstrong(they're the same company), mannington, BR-111, etc...
try this: go here: http://www.ifloor.com/help/samples.html. You can get free samples(only pay for shipping) of the ones that catch your eye. I'm not saying that you buy your wood from them. but once you have the samples, you can get an idea of how each dents, scratches etc... See how you like the finish, thickness of the wear layer, etc.. once you decide on one ,that's when you shop around for it. Personally, i like Bruce/Armstrong products. I've put this one down and i love it: http://www.armstrong.com/flooring/ha...loor-89857.asp.
Do your own research, all will have good and bad reviews.
Good Luck...


Thanks! :thumbsup:

IceT 03-19-2011 01:43 PM

gotta be engineered in a 3/8" size unless it is acrylic impregnated
solid 3/8 is fine until you drop a glass of water on it..lol

DannyT 03-23-2011 06:01 PM

usually the thinner engineered is a little cheaper then the solid and you wouldnt have to worry about variations from the engineered to the solid. it would all look the same


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