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Old 08-03-2010, 08:35 AM   #16
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Is Engineered Wood in a kitchen a bad idea?


I have 3/4" hardwood, prefinished flooring, throughout the whole house, including the kitchen.

I have not had any problem with them at all. If you spill something, you have to wipe within a reasonable period of time. You cannot just leave it there for days.

The only thing, if you drop something, it will dent. I have had mine for 7 years so far, and they look like new. I have two kids, where were 7 and 10 when first installed.

As to resale value, I think it is a great selling feature. People are looking for hardwood flooring in homes. At least in my neck of the woods.

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How bout bamboo floors?

I have this flooring (in a similar color) in my house, including my kitchen and both entryways.

http://ambientbamboo.com/product/16/...craped%20Cider

I've had several significant dishwasher leaks (don't get me started) and have an animal's water bowl on this floor. There is no water-related damage at all. It has been wearing extremely well for our untidy family of 2 adults, 3 kids, 2 cats and a dog. I use a Scooba about every month to keep it clean and it does a great job. highly recommend both the flooring and the robot.

My experience is that the bamboo floors are nearly indestructable. Do NOT go with a dark color, you will be sorry. The scratches in the finish show up white, and also it shows every single speck of dust or dirt. If we had it to do over, we'd go with the same product in a lighter color.
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totally totally depends on the bamboo. the 1.89sq stuff at lumber liquidators is really soft. some of the mature harvest stranded stuff is as hard or harder than hickory. my best advice on bamboo is to get sample pieces of what you're considering and smack them with a hammer. the difference between what happens to a quality piece and good piece is night and day.
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A good question. I am certainly no expert but here it goes. Laminate is fake made to look real. I asked the same question at the flooring dealer a few weeks ago and this is what they said to me below.

It is a picture of real wood on a composite which is laminated to a sub flooring material. It has a protective coating on it to prevent scratches. There are many grades as well. Some of the laminates are more expensive than solid wood. Those actually have an engineered wood base and can come w/ up to a 50 year warranty. Some have a fiberboard base. Those do not hold up as well and have a shorter guarantee. Laminate floors are easier to care for than wood floors but still can be damaged from water, like any floor. Water can cause streaks and dull the finish (?) and they recommended a laminate floor cleaner (? it is interesting as it was the same cleaner I use for my natural wood). This is what I was told as well as what I saw when I was investigating them.

I saw some expensive ones that looked very very nice and if you have pets; a better choice I would think than wood, due to potential scratches. They just did not look right next to my real wood floors. That is when even the expensive ones I brought home to look at in my home, looked fake (to me).

The word "engineered" is (what I think) giving people some confusing ideas. Again, I am no expert but, my engineered wood floors have a solid wood layer that can be sanded x 1 over it's lifetime guarantee of 30 years. It is 3/8 inchs in depth. That is on top of 2 different layers of wood; which the grain of the wood is horizontal to the next layer below. It is all wood, no fiberboard and is all red oak. The whole plank is about 3/4 of an inch in total depth. From what I was told (same conversation as above) "engineered" floors are desiged to be used on grade level and below grade floors that may have a higher than "normal" moisture content. The wood layers are horizontial to each other to help prevent warping, expansion, etc due to mositure.

My floors have been down on my slab foundation, for 11 years and there is no buckling, no warping, no loosening (they are glued to the slab) or any other issue. They are performing to this point; no differently than my solid wood flooring in my older home that had solid wood floors over a basement under the home. You cannot put a solid wood floor on a slab foundation according to every floor store I went to. I did not go to a BIG BOX STORE, I went to a floor specialty store.

I cannot say which is better as every home is individual. Home owners have very different expectations of the product they want, price points they can afford and the look they are trying to achieve. No matter which you choose, it needs to be installed correctly, taken care of correctly and meet your personal needs. I do not mind taking care of my real wood engineered floors. They are perfect, for me and look awsome in my home. My parent have laminate and it is perfect for them.

Hope this helps.

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The cheaper laminate can have particleboard backing which swells when it gets wet.
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Thanks Golfgirl,
I am moving into another house and some of the rooms have either engineered or laminate on composit board. I guess I will soon find out.
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You are welcome. I wish you luck w/ your new home. Just take care of the new floors w/ the proper cleaners, don't let water sit for a long time, vacuum or sweep routinely to remove grit and other particles that can scratch and you should be just fine. Enjoy them. They are also good for resale. Wood floors are "in" right now. I would not have a home w/o them.
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I have been warned against hardwood in the kitchen, I am torn, want a seamless look throughout the house, as I am laying it everywhere but the bathroom, only thing that might change my mind is the new tiles that are long planks to look like hardwood, I do have dogs, my children are grown, but we do get visits from my daughters large dogs... its a real dilemma, don't want to waste money if I have to replace it in a few years!
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cork is naturally waterproof. ever see wine leak through a cork?
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Let me say up front that I do not know for sure this is true. But I have heard some insurance companies are going to start refusing to pay claims for wood floor damage in kitchens and bathrooms. I would assume it's because of so many claims for water damage.
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...I have heard some insurance companies are going to start refusing to pay claims for wood floor damage in kitchens and bathrooms.
They should. Expand the caveat to entryways as well.
Just say "no".

Even full thickness old school hardwood T&G flooring with a nice polyurethane top coat. No. Not in wet areas. Choose another material.
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I don't see a problem with engineered or solid wood in kitchens. We literally do it almost daily. From time to time someone's dishwasher or refrigerator will leak and cause issues, but these things usually happen when people get a new fridge or dishwasher and the person installing them kinks the water line when sliding it back into place. As the others said for the cost of a quality engineered flooring you can get a solid hardwood. The only time I suggest engineered is if you have a concrete slab, otherwise go with solid. It looks better, and can be refinished multiple times in the future.
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. From time to time someone's dishwasher or refrigerator will leak and cause issues, but these things usually happen when people get a new fridge or dishwasher and the person installing them kinks the water line when sliding it back into place. .

Or one of these. Its only a matter of time before you get the jug with the pin hole leak that you are not aware of until you wake up in the morning and find all 18 liters sitting on your floor.

Ask me how I know.

I would never install hardwood in a kitchen.
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I don't see a problem with engineered or solid wood in kitchens. We literally do it almost daily. From time to time someone's dishwasher or refrigerator will leak and cause issues, but these things usually happen when people get a new fridge or dishwasher and the person installing them kinks the water line when sliding it back into place. As the others said for the cost of a quality engineered flooring you can get a solid hardwood. The only time I suggest engineered is if you have a concrete slab, otherwise go with solid. It looks better, and can be refinished multiple times in the future.
Thank you, I did talk to an installer today he said laminate is worse in a kitchen than hardwood, we have had laminate in our kitchen for at least 7 years without a problem, i am going ahead with real hardwood, and hoping it turns out fine!!
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Thank you, I did talk to an installer today he said laminate is worse in a kitchen than hardwood, we have had laminate in our kitchen for at least 7 years without a problem, i am going ahead with real hardwood, and hoping it turns out fine!!
Great choice. I think you will be very happy with the results.

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