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Hardwood Flooring

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Robb, Jan 29, 2012.

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  1. Robb

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    The wife says carpet has to go and wants hardwood floor. I want to use the good stuff. I am told that Bellawood is some of the best. Any tips or opinions?
     
  2. Bentley998

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    Laying it yourself??
    From the point of view of adding value to the house, hardwood, not laminate is the way to go. Any of the prefinished hardwoods do well. I put down "Bruce" prefinished about 20 years ago and it has held up quite well
     
  3. dave-320c

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    Very good for high traffic areas. Also wood is very bright, noise wise, and high maintenance.

    Dave
     
  4. Ross

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    Bently998 pegged it, solid hardwood can be re-finished, i.e. resanded & refinished--laminates not usually, veneer is too thin. Just be sure to keep it (spread out) where you're going to lay it for a couple weeks before you nail it down to get it "climate-tized" (sp). Ross Puls
     
  5. Pull & Mark

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    Robb, use a good vapor barrior and install the floating floor so it can be changed out when it needs to be refinished. I would recommend a engineered type of wood flooring. As long as it is one of the top brand names it should not matter. Good Luck and break em all Jeff
     
  6. surfcitydude

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    I'm a contractor and have laid a lot of wood flooring. Solid wood is the best but can only be laid on 2nd floor or raised foundations. Laminates can be laid (glued down) on sealed concrete slabs. Pre finished is excellent these days, look for the ones with the best warranty of the finish itself. Solid can be refinished if damaged or worn out, but the new modern finishes are so durable, I doubt that you will ever need to refinish it unless you damage it some way. For new, unfinished wood flooring, I recommend Bona brand, "Traffic" floor finish. I used it on a staircase in my house when I built it 10 years ago, and it isn't showing any wear at all. Water based, catalyzed finish, it hasn't even begun to show wear.
     
  7. stokinpls

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    Buy at least the 5/8" thick stuff (Bruce), otherwise, any water problems and you'll end up with a corderoy road to walk on. Good luck.
     
  8. lboh

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    Are you putting it on any steps? If so, find what vendor has the single 11" pieces for steps first. I am having a hell of a time finding pre-finished brazilian cherry in NC for the steps that match the rest that was laid a couple years ago.
     
  9. Robb

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    What we looked at was Bella 3/4" prefinished. I think it said 100 yr warranty but not really sure what that means yet. No steps involved. The underlayment is important due to sound. Finished basement is below.

    Do you pull the baseboard or lay to it? I can't see hpo to take it all off without either breaking it or the wall somewhere. Not sure whether to do utility room in wood. We're up over 1200 sq. ft. now.

    Thanks for the replys as this much money would buy a nice trapgun. I gotta get it right.
     
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    A floating floor needs a gap at the edge and ends. Either take off the baseboards and put them back or lay to the existing baseboards and add a quarter round to hide the gap. I have been told to float the quarter round or baseboard above the new floor but don't know if that is necessary. Surfcitydude might be able to tell us for sure.
     
  11. Robb

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    We'll probably just lay to it then trim it out. I know it will get broke if we take off that much. I hear you about the gap because it will move some. I'd never thought about conditioning the wood before putting down until saleman told me. But I get different ideas on how long. It's 35 degrees outside and that's good for here.
     
  12. Robb

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    The wife says carpet has to go and wants hardwood floor. I want to use the good stuff. I am told that Bellawood is some of the best. Any tips or opinions?
     
  13. Bentley998

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    Laying it yourself??
    From the point of view of adding value to the house, hardwood, not laminate is the way to go. Any of the prefinished hardwoods do well. I put down "Bruce" prefinished about 20 years ago and it has held up quite well
     
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    Very good for high traffic areas. Also wood is very bright, noise wise, and high maintenance.

    Dave
     
  15. Ross

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    Bently998 pegged it, solid hardwood can be re-finished, i.e. resanded & refinished--laminates not usually, veneer is too thin. Just be sure to keep it (spread out) where you're going to lay it for a couple weeks before you nail it down to get it "climate-tized" (sp). Ross Puls
     
  16. Pull & Mark

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    Robb, use a good vapor barrior and install the floating floor so it can be changed out when it needs to be refinished. I would recommend a engineered type of wood flooring. As long as it is one of the top brand names it should not matter. Good Luck and break em all Jeff
     
  17. surfcitydude

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    I'm a contractor and have laid a lot of wood flooring. Solid wood is the best but can only be laid on 2nd floor or raised foundations. Laminates can be laid (glued down) on sealed concrete slabs. Pre finished is excellent these days, look for the ones with the best warranty of the finish itself. Solid can be refinished if damaged or worn out, but the new modern finishes are so durable, I doubt that you will ever need to refinish it unless you damage it some way. For new, unfinished wood flooring, I recommend Bona brand, "Traffic" floor finish. I used it on a staircase in my house when I built it 10 years ago, and it isn't showing any wear at all. Water based, catalyzed finish, it hasn't even begun to show wear.
     
  18. stokinpls

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    Buy at least the 5/8" thick stuff (Bruce), otherwise, any water problems and you'll end up with a corderoy road to walk on. Good luck.
     
  19. lboh

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    Are you putting it on any steps? If so, find what vendor has the single 11" pieces for steps first. I am having a hell of a time finding pre-finished brazilian cherry in NC for the steps that match the rest that was laid a couple years ago.
     
  20. Robb

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    What we looked at was Bella 3/4" prefinished. I think it said 100 yr warranty but not really sure what that means yet. No steps involved. The underlayment is important due to sound. Finished basement is below.

    Do you pull the baseboard or lay to it? I can't see hpo to take it all off without either breaking it or the wall somewhere. Not sure whether to do utility room in wood. We're up over 1200 sq. ft. now.

    Thanks for the replys as this much money would buy a nice trapgun. I gotta get it right.
     
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