Hardwood - Engineered Vs Solid? - Flooring - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Flooring

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-11-2008, 11:11 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 43
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Hardwood - engineered vs solid?


Does anyone have any thoughts on engineered hardwood -- we're ripping out carpet and laminate, and want to put down hardwood, but aren't sure which one to go with. Another option is bamboo, but I've heard it is very hard and you'd have to pre-drill every nail hole. Any thoughts?

Thanks so much!

Advertisement

cbeingessner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2008, 12:05 AM   #2
K&B Remodeler/Tile Guy
 
angus242's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 887
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Hardwood - engineered vs solid?


I think it really boils down to how YOU feel about wood flooring. I personally don't think there is any replacement for nailed down 3/4" hardwood. Engineered is just a different kind of flooring. If you don't mind how it looks/feels, it's definitely a good choice for a flooring material.
Bamboo is tricky. There is a lot of crappy bamboo out there. You need to be careful if you choose bamboo. The process of how it's manufactured can weaken it as can the carbonizing procedure. I'm not well enough versed with bamboo to tell you all you need to research but I can tell you there is plenty of GOOD information out there to be found. Read up on it BEFORE you decide to go that route. Good bamboo is not cheap.

Good luck.

ps Lumber Liquidators should NOT be your source for GOOD hardwood. Be prepared to spend some money for quality materials.

Advertisement

angus242 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2008, 09:55 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 64
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Hardwood - engineered vs solid?


Angus242

Isn't the main purpose for using engineered hardwood is if you want wood in your basement where you should never lay real wood because of the moisture issues? We'll probably tile ours, but wood might be nice, it's the option to use if we go that route isn't it? I will NEVER use a laminate for any reason, so if it's not right to use engineered then tile it is 100%!
dochorn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2008, 11:44 PM   #4
K&B Remodeler/Tile Guy
 
angus242's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 887
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Hardwood - engineered vs solid?


By no means was I attempting to say that nailed down hardwood is the ONLY choice. You are 100% correct that there are alternative choices in certain circumstances that are better options than 3/4" hardwood. However, since the OP did not specify what the subfloor would be, I was talking about a typical nailed down situation. Yes, I have seen engineered flooring nailed down as an alternative to 3/4". Is it a quality choice? Yes! I personally would not use anything else as a substitute when nailed down 3/4" is a possibility.
angus242 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2008, 08:45 AM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 64
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Hardwood - engineered vs solid?


Angus242

Sorry, I was just asking a question of my own, nothing in relation to the first question. I don't know much about hardwood, so I was just wondering if that was the appropriate one for our situation.
dochorn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2008, 02:25 PM   #6
Newbie
 
ayeshaa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 18
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Hardwood - engineered vs solid?


Hardwood Flooring:

Natural hardwood flooring appears to be a more popular choice than finished hardwood floors, which are shiny. In the eventuality that you decide at some point to finish the floor, a natural hardwood flooring should pose no problem. It is thick enough and the dents and gouges it would have accumulated over the years only add character and enhance the final finish of the flooring. Hard wood floors wear well over time and can last for hundreds of years.

They are quite thick and have enough scope for sanding and smoothing to remove large dents before finishing. Or maybe to achieve some desired effect. Distressed hard wood flooring has made a surprising comeback and ironically people are denting and scraping their brand new, perfectly polished hardwood floors to achieve the old, worn-out look. With todays fast paced, stressful lifestyles, it seems easier to stomp and pound on your floor and fling objects at it, thus relieving your stress and achieving a floor that looks distressed - just the way you like it. It certainly takes less time and is cheaper than having to re-do the whole floor. Read more.

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo is a great alternative to wood. Bamboo has been used in many functional ways since the early days. It's versatile and very popular in this era as flooring. Bamboo flooring provides natural beauty of wood in your home without leaving you feeling guilty of damaging the environment. It's renewable, hence making bamboo flooring very popular. Having a very pleasing aesthetic and environment friendly is one of the many reasons to choose bamboo flooring. Do you know that it is also bug resistant and long-lasting? This makes it naturally great for floor covering. Bamboo flooring looks like real wood and is pre fabricated and read to install.

It comes in variety of designs and looks that it will leave each houses looking uniquely different. The best part would be the fact that it is a Green product, hence proving that you are not endangering the environment by using it. There are many advantages to bamboo flooring compared to ordinary flooring. Common hardwood floor comes from trees that takes 50 years and more to reach maturity, where as bamboo replenishes every four to six years. While it takes ages for hardwoods to grow, the roots will not grow back after being cut, compared to bamboo's which can be re-used over and over again. If you haven't noticed, bamboo flooring is actually much more rock-solid than the ordinary hardwood floors. You have a choice of three types of bamboo flooring. Read more.

Hope it helps! Good luck!
ayeshaa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2008, 06:28 PM   #7
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Colorado
Posts: 5
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Hardwood - engineered vs solid?


Thanks for the response. I was wondering the difference.
julio333 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2008, 06:58 PM   #8
Lic. Builder/GC/Remodeler
 
AtlanticWBConst.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 7,556
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Hardwood - engineered vs solid?


Link with discussions related to the differences of Real Hardwood and Engineered Hardwood: http://flooring.builddirect.com/Engi...red%20hardwood

Significant point: Real hardwood can be sanded down and re-finished muiltiple times.

Engineered hardwood is limited in the number of re-finishes. Engineered is more stable than hardwood (this point is discussed in the link I posted)
__________________
- Build Well -
AtlanticWBConst. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-2008, 07:01 PM   #9
Lic. Builder/GC/Remodeler
 
AtlanticWBConst.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 7,556
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Hardwood - engineered vs solid?


Another informative link: http://homerenovations.about.com/od/...ngineerflr.htm
__________________
- Build Well -
AtlanticWBConst. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2008, 02:12 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 323
Rewards Points: 250
Default

Hardwood - engineered vs solid?


I also prefer hardwood to engineered floors, but it really is a matter of preference -- and cost, sometimes. Here's an article that talks about the various wood floor options. In the end, pick what you feel the most comfortable with!
http://www.oldhouseweb.com/stories/Detailed/13401.shtml

Last edited by Allison1888; 05-18-2008 at 02:13 PM. Reason: gave the wrong link!
Allison1888 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2008, 10:20 AM   #11
Guest
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Hardwood - engineered vs solid?


If you use a good engineered product like Kahrs I think you can get as many sands out of it as you can regular hardwood. You have to keep in mind that by the time you sand regular hardwood 3-4 times you are going to hit the tongue or get so close to it you considerably weaken that area of the floor. Besides, how many people really sand and refinish their floors more than once in their lifetime?
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2008, 11:15 AM   #12
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Hardwood - engineered vs solid?


I am very unhappy with the durability of the engineered hardwood floor I have (walnut). It scratches and dents easily and I am now looking for products to help cover them.I grew up with solid hardwoods (oak) that were polyurethaned and they were very resilient, easy to clean. I have two smalll children who are very tidy. However, we had 2 kids over ot play yesterday and they were running trucks with rubber wheels on the floor and now it is all scratched up. Anything that runs on these floors besides stocking feet WILL SCRATCH THem so beware.
rewright is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2008, 11:37 AM   #13
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Elkhorn, NE
Posts: 26
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Hardwood - engineered vs solid?


Quote:
Originally Posted by angus242 View Post
I personally would not use anything else as a substitute when nailed down 3/4" is a possibility.
I found myself asking the very same question a month or so ago.

My son-in-law is a very experienced flooring installer, and his professional opinion is the same as angus242-If nailed 3/4 hardwood is a possibility, then it would be his preferred choice.

Advertisement

elscorcho is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
hardwood


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
can engineered hardwood be a floating floor? smythe01 Flooring 10 07-09-2008 11:16 PM
Installing floating engineered hardwood in entrance and stair stringers bluedisc22 Flooring 3 01-25-2008 03:03 PM
Quality of Pergo engineered HARDWOOD? Jeff12 Flooring 2 01-13-2008 10:17 PM
engineered hardwood installation; Floating or Glue? El Buey Flooring 4 08-17-2007 03:53 PM
Does 5" Hardwood Solid need to be glued down as well as nailed down. reibuild Flooring 2 08-03-2007 11:37 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts