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Old 04-12-2013, 10:39 PM   #1
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Is there such a thing as a quality click-lock engineered wood flooring?


Finished tiling my guest bath and laundry room, preparing to put down floors in two guest bedrooms and the master bedroom. Trying to decide between a Lowes click-lock engineered wood, at about $4.00 a square, and a Garrison Maple Natural 3/8" engineered floor that glues together, at @ $6.00 a sq. ft.

The Oak layer on the Lowes product is rotary peeled, the Garrison product is face sawn.

I plan to install floating on a vapor barrier/underlayment over flat concrete slab.

I understand that we get what we pay for...

Any opinions on Lowes click-lock flooring (or any click lock flooring)?

Any recommendations on a better click-lock product?

What are the downsides to click-lock flooring?

Any opinions on the Garrison Collection engineered floors?

Lots of questions. Thanks in advance, as always.

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We've sold quite a bit of Kahrs in the past. It's one of the better ones on the market. I've more recently been selling a lot of From the Forest product and Columbia. The From the Forest has been of of the better quality products for the price.

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You might want to look at BR-111, too. Yes, there are good quality click-lock floors, but the cost is comparable to solid hardwood (if not more).
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Take a look at engineered flooring from Duro-Design. Bamboo, for example, comes in a variety of colors and is harder than domestic hardwood. Their hardwood products come from managed forests. Great company to work with.

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Finished tiling my guest bath and laundry room, preparing to put down floors in two guest bedrooms and the master bedroom. Trying to decide between a Lowes click-lock engineered wood, at about $4.00 a square, and a Garrison Maple Natural 3/8" engineered floor that glues together, at @ $6.00 a sq. ft.

The Oak layer on the Lowes product is rotary peeled, the Garrison product is face sawn.

I plan to install floating on a vapor barrier/underlayment over flat concrete slab.

I understand that we get what we pay for...

Any opinions on Lowes click-lock flooring (or any click lock flooring)?

Any recommendations on a better click-lock product?

What are the downsides to click-lock flooring?

Any opinions on the Garrison Collection engineered floors?

Lots of questions. Thanks in advance, as always.

Unless you have a concrete subfloor I would consider a solid product. As you can find solid hardwood for the cost of a good engineered. If you are set on engineered 2 brands I really like that are nice and thick and have a thick wear layer are Real Wood Floors & Shamrock. Hope this helps.
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Unless you have a concrete subfloor I would consider a solid product.
Yes, we are on a concrete slab.

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2 brands I really like that are nice and thick and have a thick wear layer are Real Wood Floors & Shamrock. Hope this helps.
Yes, it does help. Thanks very much.
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Yes, we are on a concrete slab.



Yes, it does help. Thanks very much.
Oh ok. I would check into those 2 brands. They are both of very good quality. A couple others you might consider are; Stang-Lund, Mirage, & BR-111.
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What I did when I was looking at flooring was look at samples. Lots and lots of samples. Look at the wear layer. Look at the plywood beneath. If the plywood is crappy (voids, etc.) then the floor won't hold up as well. There is a lot of quality variation in engineered flooring. You might try builddirect for samples. With that experience, you should be able to find a price-quality point that suits your needs best.

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