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Which is better..Solid hardwood flooring or engineered flooring?

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Franklyn

United States

#1 Jan 9, 2012
Which is better..Solid hardwood flooring or engineered flooring? Why?
osk24

Columbia, TN

#2 Jan 12, 2012
Franklyn wrote:
Which is better..Solid hardwood flooring or engineered flooring? Why?
I say go true hardwood. It's stronger and has the natural beauty of wood. I use install hardwood before coming to Lowes and I can say there is a huge difference in quality. Make sure you chose a good grade hardwood. Lowes carries Bruce gunstock and natural instock and has one of the best finishes I've seen. I have it in my home. Good luck.

Since: Aug 08

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#3 Jan 22, 2012
Old question, but I have an answer from a commercial customer with whom I speak. He uses a lot of the laminated bamboo flooring to redo the apartments in the complex for which he is the maintenance supervisor, says it wears well and cleans good.
Captain_Morgan02

Wadesboro, NC

#4 Feb 12, 2012
Franklyn wrote:
Which is better..Solid hardwood flooring or engineered flooring? Why?
Not to be a smart ass but I hope these other guys don't actually work in flooring. If you are on a concrete subfloor you have no real choice without spending a ton of money to build up your subfloor first. Engineered is for slabs. The 3/4 thick solid is for wood subfloors. Solid is absolutely better if you can use it.
osk24

York, SC

#5 Feb 13, 2012
Captain_Morgan02 wrote:
<quoted text>Not to be a smart ass but I hope these other guys don't actually work in flooring. If you are on a concrete subfloor you have no real choice without spending a ton of money to build up your subfloor first. Engineered is for slabs. The 3/4 thick solid is for wood subfloors. Solid is absolutely better if you can use it.
This person asked the difference. Not what goes on top of concrete. Put the captain and coke down.
Captain_Morgan02

Indian Trail, NC

#6 Feb 21, 2012
osk24 wrote:
<quoted text>This person asked the difference. Not what goes on top of concrete. Put the captain and coke down.
No, douche. He asked which was better and that is situational. Hence my answer. I know my shit and I am pretty good with reading comprehension as well. Don't need you talkin smack.
Franklyn

United States

#7 Feb 24, 2012
I asked the same question on the Home Depot Forum and they answered, "Who cares? Go to Lowe's so I did.
Captain_Morgan02

United States

#8 Feb 24, 2012
Franklyn wrote:
I asked the same question on the Home Depot Forum and they answered, "Who cares? Go to Lowe's so I did.
Thanks for the business.:)
Sorry in Mich

Allegan, MI

#9 Feb 24, 2012
Franklyn wrote:
I asked the same question on the Home Depot Forum and they answered, "Who cares? Go to Lowe's so I did.
Yes Franklin, thanks for the business, sorry for some of the vulgar, child-like behavior and comments. We are all family and sometimes argue like it.
osk24

United States

#10 Feb 27, 2012
Messageboard warrior nough said
Flooring Specialist NC

Chattanooga, TN

#11 Mar 14, 2012
Captain_Morgan02 wrote:
<quoted text> Not to be a smart ass but I hope these other guys don't actually work in flooring. If you are on a concrete subfloor you have no real choice without spending a ton of money to build up your subfloor first. Engineered is for slabs. The 3/4 thick solid is for wood subfloors. Solid is absolutely better if you can use it.
Captain, There is a new product out now that allows 3/4 hardwood over concrete. We received samples a couple of months ago at our store. Here is the company's website...http://www.elastilon .com/uk/index.php?option=com_f rontpage&Itemid=1 It is a mastic type material. The reviews seem to be good so far. I would only recommend it above grade. Cheaper than building up a floor...
Captain_Morgan02

Mooresville, NC

#12 Mar 15, 2012
Flooring Specialist NC wrote:
<quoted text>Captain, There is a new product out now that allows 3/4 hardwood over concrete. We received samples a couple of months ago at our store. Here is the company's website...http://www.elastilon .com/uk/index.php?option=com_f rontpage&Itemid=1 It is a mastic type material. The reviews seem to be good so far. I would only recommend it above grade. Cheaper than building up a floor...
I will check it out. Thanks for the info.
floorin4decades

Auburn, AL

#13 Mar 17, 2012
Flooring Specialist NC wrote:
<quoted text>
Captain, There is a new product out now that allows 3/4 hardwood over concrete. We received samples a couple of months ago at our store. Here is the company's website...http://www.elastilon .com/uk/index.php?option=com_f rontpage&Itemid=1 It is a mastic type material. The reviews seem to be good so far. I would only recommend it above grade. Cheaper than building up a floor...
While it is true that you can install 3/4 over slab with that product you still cant resand and finish if damaged. A good 3/8 engineered product is the best solution on a slab. It wears at exactly the same rate as 3/4 because the wear layer is the same substance. Also, crossthatched laminated birch with a solid top is denser and stronger by thickness than solid hardwood so a 3/8 engineered board is actually stronger than a 3/8 piece of solid oak. No need to reinvent the wheel. Urerhane glue under a good engineered product is the most effective way to cover a slab. Now, if you are on a subfloor then 3/4 is the better solution because it adds stability to the subfloor and can be refinished. I have been designing,selling,and installing all types of hardwood for well over 20 years. New construction subfloors = unfinished. Remodel subfloors= prefinished solid. Slab = engineered. Simple.
Captain_Morgan02

Indian Trail, NC

#14 Mar 18, 2012
floorin4decades wrote:
<quoted text>While it is true that you can install 3/4 over slab with that product you still cant resand and finish if damaged. A good 3/8 engineered product is the best solution on a slab. It wears at exactly the same rate as 3/4 because the wear layer is the same substance. Also, crossthatched laminated birch with a solid top is denser and stronger by thickness than solid hardwood so a 3/8 engineered board is actually stronger than a 3/8 piece of solid oak. No need to reinvent the wheel. Urerhane glue under a good engineered product is the most effective way to cover a slab. Now, if you are on a subfloor then 3/4 is the better solution because it adds stability to the subfloor and can be refinished. I have been designing,selling,and installing all types of hardwood for well over 20 years. New construction subfloors = unfinished. Remodel subfloors= prefinished solid. Slab = engineered. Simple.
Got me feelin pretty good. I've only been in the flooring business for a couple years and you all but echoed my response.:)

Since: Mar 12

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Mar 18, 2012
I like solid
Peter Cottontail

Wilmington, NC

#16 Mar 20, 2012
Peter Cottontail

Wilmington, NC

#17 Mar 20, 2012
Barb

Knoxville, TN

#18 Jun 28, 2012
Which brand engineered floor is the best?
kurtcooksalot16

Orlando, FL

#21 Nov 8, 2014
Timber flooring seems like it would look nice in my house. We have some red walls and I like brown with red. It reminds me of my favorite season, which is fall. http://www.justoldflooring.com.au/

Since: Feb 15

Indore, India

#26 Feb 9, 2015
The Difference between hardwood flooring and engineered flooring, firstly hardwood flooring is very cheap expensive and easily to install our home. and another is engineer flooring is very costly and many difficulty to install in our room and offices, and hardwood is very strong the other flooring so I am saying hardwood flooring is very best

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