Q: Hardwood floor installers: what hardwood floor species and manufacturer would you put in your home?
I'd love to get the opinion of the pros. What hardwood floor species would you put in your home? What grade would you buy? What manufacturer would you go with? I'd love to hear your thoughts and I think it would be great for other homeowners to hear as well. ...Always interesting to hear what a pro has at home. : ) Thanks.
Hi Dave! The floor I would recommend and would (and plan to) put in my own home would be Owens PlankFloor. Why would I choose this? The are several reasons:
1) It has a 3/16" wear layer. Making it comparable to traditional solid hardwood flooring. Therefore giving it a much longer lifespan.
2) It is much more stable than solid hardwood because of manufacturing. It has a multi ply hardwood core which reduces seasonal gaps and spacing. Their engineered floors can be installed on any level of your home with the proper installation standards. Glue down, staple down, nail down, and floating.
3) They offer a wide variety of species. I would suggest their walnut or if you like more traditional try their rift and quartered red or white oak.
4) Comes is longer lengths up to 7.5'
5) Exceptional mill work. The quality is not sacrificed for the grade of species selected.
6) Can get it unfinished or pre-finished.
I probably could continue. When it comes to quality Owens makes a phenomenal flooring product. I love their walnut flooring. They are reasonably priced and it seems most contractors love installing this floor because of the quality mill work and durability.
Other flooring companies to consider would be Mirage. They produce an fabulous pre-finished product. Their finish is well known as being superb. BR-111 makes a great exotic product. Readily available and reasonably priced as well. You can't go wrong with Mullican flooring either as it is American made and very high quality.
As with any floor product don't just base your decision on the price. There is a reason why one walnut is cheaper than the other by substantial pricing. Check to see the warranties are equal. Get contractor experience with each flooring brand. How is the finish, the milling, the tongue and groove quality? How thick is the wear layer? Is it backed by a well known distributor? I would only select a flooring brand backed by a reputable distributor and warranty.
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As a company that is concentrated on solid wood flooring we prefer to have our own products in
our rooms, but in our show rooms you will find the precious woods on the wall only.We use
big wall panels as samples.The floors are covered with carpets and pandomo, a special product
of Ardex. We want to be able to change samples quickly and we don't want the clients eye on the
ground, but on our different floors and deckings.
At home I installed solid, reddish pyinkado parquet and treated it with natural oils and resins, no wax,no artificial sealing.
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