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Old 03-12-2013, 11:40 AM   #16
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I also have two young kids that will probably be rough on the floor

Engineered hardwood flooring can be refinished if the wear layer is thick enough, 2mm can be refinished at least once,and 4mm can be refinished 3-4 times.

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so the choices are:

1) laminate - 2) engineered - 3) hardwood
1) cheapest and look cheapest
1 and 2) not sanding possibility, so after a few years, it is as it is
3) most expensive, but you can sand it again and you have a complete new floor.

so your decision is cheap on the short term (laminate) or cheap on the long run (hardwood)
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I looking at hardwood or engineered now. A new concern that has come to my attention is the crawl space. I'm gonna have to look into it to make sure there isn't too much moisture down there. Some opinions online say engineered is the way to go with the crawl.
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I looking at hardwood or engineered now. A new concern that has come to my attention is the crawl space. I'm gonna have to look into it to make sure there isn't too much moisture down there. Some opinions online say engineered is the way to go with the crawl.
engineerd flooring is just a veneer slice of hardwood on top of plywood. So you can do both. I would spend a little bit more and you will have a floor for life, engineered flooring is not.
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I looking at hardwood or engineered now. A new concern that has come to my attention is the crawl space. I'm gonna have to look into it to make sure there isn't too much moisture down there. Some opinions online say engineered is the way to go with the crawl.

You also need to ignore people who are talking through their hat,like this guy from Bolivia,read the attachment i'll add here,very informative for someone who has never laid flooring.


http://www.hoskinghardwood.com/Depar...dId=7&pageId=7
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so the choices are:

1) laminate - 2) engineered - 3) hardwood
1) cheapest and look cheapest
1 and 2) not sanding possibility, so after a few years, it is as it is
3) most expensive, but you can sand it again and you have a complete new floor.
Actually, good-quality hardwood may be less expensive than good-quality engineered flooring. At least that's my experience.

And like was said above, good quality engineered flooring can be screened or sanded and refinished. Think of it this way: a solid wood flooring has a 6 mm wear layer (once you're down to the tongue, you're done). I've seen engineered flooring with a 4 mm wear layer. That's refinishable several times over.
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I also concur with Danny's opinion on Lumber Liquidators....if you really compare their prices...they are NOT a bargain.

They were a bargain for us. Nobody else could come close to touching their price on Braz Koa / Tigerwood. Now, some boards were slightly wider than others (maybe 1/32" or 1/64" difference). They key is to set those aside, until you have enough for a full row. Other than that, we had about 5% waste, due to some surface scratches they received in their boxes.
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what is exactly a bargain?
there is always a reason for a cheap price, maybe only the different widths, but I hope your moisture content is also good (shoudl be around 8%)
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Hi Folks,

If you are looking for an easy DIY project while retained the value you put into the project for resale. Engineered floating wood floors are the best option.

Engineered wood floors can give the same appearance as solid hardwoods while being more DIY friendly because it does not require as many specialized tools if you attempt a floating installation. Engineered wood floors will also retain its value much more so than laminate and potential buyers value your house much more so with wood than a laminate floor. While the cost of Engineered floors are slightly more upfront, you will get that money back if you decide to put your home on the market.

There are 2 main types of floating floor installations. First is tongue and groove where you must put wood glue in between the seams. This type of installation requires the installer to use plenty of glue to avoid separation which is the number 1 pitfall. The other type of floating install is with a self locking system, with this type of install it is very straight forward just click and lock with no glue necessary. Often times the lock system comes at higher costs because there may be a patent associated with it.

Engineered wood floors can be refinished if it has a wear layer greater than or equal to 3mm. Refinishing has become less of a concern with the improvement in finish quality over the years. Most residential usage won't need to be refinished for at least 12-15 years.
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concerning the brazillian tigerwood that seattle2k mentioned. i bought it for 2.00 a square foot less than lumber liquidators wanted for 3/4 solid woodflooring . they are not really a liquidation store. they are a retail store that sells a lot of inferior products.
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I would consider engineered hardwood. It is as easy to install as laminate, but looks better and as long as you get a product with a thick top wear layer it can be refinished in the future. Plus, since it is over a crawl space, the underlay you put down before floating the floor will help prevent any issues that you could possibly have with doing a solid product over a crawl space. Don't get me wrong, if the conditions are right, you use the right underlay etc you can put in a solid product but engineered will be a safer bet. Hope this helps.

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