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Old 09-07-2015, 10:15 PM   #1
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Installing engineered flooring 1st timer


Hello all, installing 200 sq ft of flooring in our 1st floor living room. This will be installed on plywood which currently is carpeted. I have 2 questions....
1st question:
The engineered flooring we purchased has a veneer on both sides, one side (top) obviously finished, but the middle is constructed of what looks to be mdf?!? Is this just a crappy engineered flooring? It was $3.00 a sqft Canadian at Home Depot and it's made in China. Should I be looking for something else or elsewhere for flooring? Here are 2 pics of it.
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2nd question: how should I go about installing it in this room with these thresholds? Should I remove them or butt against the threshold? Or add a t moulding on top of the threshold (I think this would look busy)?
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Any engineered flooring i've seen has always had a plywood substrate, hard to tell from the pic what you have, but shouldn't be too hard to tell if it's MDF.


If your flooring will butt up against the marble strip your good to go, if not probably need a transition unless you can get creative and "make" it match.
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The top is definitely wood and so is the bottom but the middle is mdf so I'm wondering if I should buy something else? And it's made in China so I'm worried about its longevity


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If it's mdf i'd be leery too, a lot of the stuff from lumber liquidators is from China beware.
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assemble a pad of that flooring, say, 4'x4'. get a chair that has wheels on it = office or kitchen chair. put the chair on the pad, sit down, roll around.

do the wheels leave ANY marks ?

i did this to some engineered i bought from home depot, years ago. the wheels left ruts in the flooring deep enough to flow water. back that stuff went.
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