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janralix 06-02-2009 11:45 PM

I want top-quality solid 3/4" hardwood...
I'm shopping for the clearest, most consistently grained pre-finished 3/4" hardwood flooring I can find in either a white or red oak. Price is not a consideration...high, low, somewhere in between...I don't care.

Who makes the absolute best? This is going in a house with no kids or pets.

I've heard the hype from all the sales people...what do you people out there have to say?

Thanks a bunch.

HardwoodGuy 06-03-2009 10:55 AM Canadian manufacturers are the ones to turn to. Mirage, Lauzon, and Mercier. But their hardwoods are more on the select and better appearance. Another source is Sheoga out of Ohio. Benefit here is longer overall lengths and I believe you can buy direct though I'm not certain.

Sheoga Clear White Oak

poppameth 06-04-2009 06:02 AM

In Virginia the best place to go is a distributor called Long Floors. They carry a private labeled product called Impressions. It's very clean, comes white or red oak, and carries a 50 year finish warranty. It runs me about the same as lesser products from Armstrong such as Yorkshire.

jerryh3 06-04-2009 07:36 AM

Price is not a consideration but you're going with prefinished oak?

Wood Floor Guy 06-04-2009 08:03 PM

Cleanest grade wood floors
Yes, Mirage, Lauzon, Tembec, and several other Canadians make really nice clean floors. And Sheoga is also really nice. But for the cleanest grade, you really should consider going with unfinsihed and having it job site finished.

You ca pick a true Select, or even Clear grade, or if you want a spectacular floor, consider Rift and Quartered. You'd also have a square edge for an elegant look as compared to a bevel with the prefinshed.

I'm a huge prefinished fan, but you sound like a better candidate for unfinished.

Wood Floor Guy :laughing:

janralix 06-12-2009 10:21 PM

Good info...thanks. Pre-finished is only option due to time restraints.

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