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Old 12-21-2008, 08:35 AM   #1
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What brand of Engineered flooring?

I am planning on installing engineered flooring over concrete in my office conversion. The concrete is dry and level. I will put down floor muffler then the product. Which brand do you recommend and which brands do you recommend avoiding? Avalon floor and tile near me said don't do Bruce. They did recommend Mannington and Mirage.

What do you guys think?


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Old 12-21-2008, 01:53 PM   #2
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All 3 of those manufacturers have success in the flooring industry. Not sure why someone would not recommend Bruce overall...might want to ask why (specific)

Kahrs is my favorite engineered wood all around.
Their quarter sawn and finish is the best way to make a floor IMO.


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Kahrs is one of the best floating, engineered hardwoods. UpoFloor is another quality Scandinavian floating brand.
Scandinavian is usually a safe bet when considering floating floors, they've been doing for 150 yrs or better.
As with any wood product, look at the cutting method.
Rotary peeling is going to be the least expensive, but potentially most problematic.
Quarter Sawn, Dry Sawn or Sliced are more recommended for visual, structural and overall performance.
These are always worth paying for.
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Mirage is a great product but their floating floor has limited color selections at the moment. Kahrs always seems to get the thumbs up and rightfully so. Another could be Award who has the widest color selection when it comes to wider single plank floors but retail pricing will not be under $ 7.00 a square foot.

Avoid? Harris Wood. Bruce is hit or miss. Armstrong has some newer lines worth looking at.
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Hardwoodguy, I've stumbled across a few postings where you have said to avoid Harris....any reason? I've used their products for a long time, especially with them being in this part of the country and readily available, and haven't had any issues that I didn't have with any other manufacturer. Admittedly, they did hit a rough patch a few years ago, but since they split from Tarkett that seems to have really straightened out. What's been your experience?
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Old 05-23-2009, 08:36 AM   #6
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I'm all ears about their product quality. Years ago it was a favorite of mine. Anything you can share? Of particular interest was the difficulty installing their glue together floating floors. They were milled far too tight and one needed a mini sledge hammer with tapping bar to get them tight.


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