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Old 03-10-2009, 01:38 PM   #1
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I am selecting an engineered wood floor to install in my entryway, dining room, and den, all of which are on a slab. I have selected two beautiful engineered wood floors that are both click-lock and able to float - one is Armstrong White Birch in Cherry, and the other is Home Legend Maple - Messina. Since this is going in my entry way, I am terrified of scratching the moment the floor is installed. Can anyone tell me which is stronger and more durable? I love both finishes, and they are both reasonably priced. They can only be sanded once, and I would like something that will last at least 5 years... help???

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both should last that long and beyond unless you have large dogs. I believe the maple is a softer wood than birch but very close. birch will move more than maple but again very close.

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Open grained and light colored hardwoods will show more damage opposed to other flooring specie colors and appearances. Solution: find area rugs for the foyer and high traffic areas.

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Fact is:

Both scratch....
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Both will scratch (all wood scratches), and both are the same hardness. So go with the one you like the look of better.
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Maple is really hard wood. harder then White birch. Hello Smart asses.
And just like any wood they will get scratched. Any wood will get scratched.
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I am selecting an engineered wood plot to install in my entryway, supping room, and den, all of which are on a slab. I have selected two beautiful engineered characteristics hardwood floor installation that are both click-lock and able to float - one is Armstrong White Birch in Cherry, and the other is Home Legend Maple - Messina. Since this is going in my entry way, I am terrified of scratching the importance the plot is installed. Can anyone tell me which is stronger and more durable? I love both finishes, and they are both reasonably priced. They can only be sanded once, and I would like something that will end at least 5 years... help?
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Check this link about engineered wood floors.:
http://www.hoskinghardwood.com/Depar...dId=7&pageId=7

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I am not entirely clear if engineered hardwood flooring is actually made from the specific type of wood listed on the title. Let's assume it is, although you can probably verify this by getting details from the manufacturer. Your first option seems to be white birch with a cherry finish, I guess that is the meaning of what you called it. The second option is male with a Messina finish, I assume it is a Messina finish, although I don't know what that is.

So let's get to the hardness issue. There are two hardnesses that are of interest. The first is the finish, since that is what will get scratched initially. I have no idea what type of finish is used on engineered hardwood, but you may want to check with the manufacturer if it is polyurethane, oil or water based, catalyzed varnish, or something else. My hardwood floors are treated with polyurethane, reasonably hard, but certainly subject to abrasion and scratching.

The underlying wood hardness is measured on the Janka scale. The bigger the number, the harder the wood. You can go to the following website for a complete description of the hardness of most commonly used wood species
http://tinytimbers.com/janka.htm

Note that neither of the woods selected are particularly hard, the white birch is probably paper birch (betula papyrifera), with a Janka hardness of 910, although it could be sweet birch (don't know the Latin name) with a Janka hardness of 1470. The maple could be any of a variety of different species, the best case would be sugar maple with a hardness of 1450, the worst case would be soft maple at 950. The only possible way you are going to know the hardness of the underlying wood is if the manufacturer accurately identifies either the hardness on the Janka scale, or gives you an unambiguous definition of the species they use, preferably using the official Latin name, since the hardness of the two woods you have selected is all over the place based on actual species.
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JMK601 - Which did you end up choosing? Any feedback a few years after the installation? I'm considering the Maple Messina and would love to hear how it has held up.

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