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Old 12-09-2009, 09:55 PM   #1
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3/8's solid vs 3/8's engineered?


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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.

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.

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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.

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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?

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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.
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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...

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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
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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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