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 Post subject: Need advice on wood floor selection in humid Florida-thanks!
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:02 am 
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Which would be best for a floating floor in Florida where it is humid?
Installing over concrete in Ranch style house on main floor has no basement
15 minutes from beach will try & leave those shoes in garage
No pets
No children just grandchildren a few times a year

Schon Quick Click 7/16" x 4 3/4" Engineered Red Oak $6.38 S/F Installed

Schon Tounge & Groove 1/2" x 5" Engineered Red Oak $7.09 S/F Installed

Bellawood Tounge & Groove 1/2" x 5" Engineered Red Oak $8.80 S/F Installed

Bellawood Tounge & Groove Hardwood (not engineered) 3/4' X5" $10.46 S/F
Need to use Elastilon

The first 2 have a 30 year finish guarantee and the last 2 have a 100 year finish guarantee. These all would come from Lumber Liquidators. The floor is going on concrete and would have a moisture/noise barrier etc which is included. The Hardwood non-engineered would need Elastilon which I've never heard of.

The 2 engineered non click would require glue where the pieces meet.

Thanks in advance for any & all help. Dorothy


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 Post subject: Re: Need advice on wood floor selection in humid Florida-thanks!
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:00 pm 
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I would rule out the solid. other than that I would also recommend you to go to some other local flooring stores. I think you would be well served to get some competitive bids. Im not going to bash em, all you have to do is a google search on "LL complaints" and make your own call.

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 Post subject: Re: Need advice on wood floor selection in humid Florida-thanks!
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:22 pm 
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KevinD wrote:
I would rule out the solid. other than that I would also recommend you to go to some other local flooring stores. I think you would be well served to get some competitive bids. Im not going to bash em, all you have to do is a google search on "LL complaints" and make your own call.



I just found that thread and it is kind of scary.

Do you have a recommendation on the product I should use in an engineered wood floor ? Is it better to do the tounge & groove where they float it and glue where they connect versus the click? Some threads say the click floors are noisier?

Thanks again for your reply. Dorothy


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 Post subject: Re: Need advice on wood floor selection in humid Florida-thanks!
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:48 pm 
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floating wood floors do make some noise with hard soled shoes. the pad makes a difference in that good pad less sound, cheap pad more sound. I like to directly glue down to the concrete where there are no moisture issues with the slab. If moisture is of concern a floater is a good option. ON the wooden click floors I think it depends on what the core is made of will make a big difference in sound. Wood cores will be squeekier than mdf core imo but the mdf core doesnt do so well when introduced to moisture so each has its own issue.

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 Post subject: Re: Need advice on wood floor selection in humid Florida-thanks!
PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:20 pm 
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I sure wish we heard from someone that's installed a LL 3/4" solid with that Elastilon. It has to be a nightmare.

Sorry Dorothy, didn't mean to get you worried. I agree with Kevin. Though LL claims they have improved things I have doubts. Howard? You usually have very good updated info, or have they closed up in Vegas? What hasn't.

I'd have to favor a Kahrs product, if you desire something on the trouble free side with great customer support. However expect to pay much higher prices than the first two mentioned. Then no floor is that good without a good installer. That's where a full service local dealer comes in, or one that stands behind everything.


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I just got some awesome engineered samples from WDflooring outa Wisconson. They come with Rubio Monocoat on them. Lots of colors and a very thick wear layer. If your going to invest money in a wood floor and are limited budget wise I suggest doing a smaller amount at a time and get a quality floor instead of going full bore and buying cheap stuff.

I would glue a wood floor down before floating one.

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 Post subject: Re: Need advice on wood floor selection in humid Florida-thanks!
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I listened to the experts and now have another installer recomnending the following (Majestic Engineered Wood Flooring) if the moisture test works out favorably. Does anyone have experience good or bad with Majestic? He made a comment that he can float it or direct glue it. If he direct glues it the floor won't sound as hollow. Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks

MAJESTIC 5" BEVEL EDGE

1/2" x 5" x 48" Random Length

Sliced Veneer

Aluminum Oxide Finish

29.05 sf/carton, 44 cartons/pallet

Glue/Staple/Float

25 Year Residential Warranty

5 Year Light Commercial Warranty

Lifetime Structural Warranty

RED OAK MAJ119 1/2" X 5"


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 Post subject: Re: Need advice on wood floor selection in humid Florida-thanks!
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What country is it made in?

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 Post subject: Re: Need advice on wood floor selection in humid Florida-thanks!
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floormeintucson asked what country it is made in ---->CHINA Aren't most?

Has anyone had experience with Majestic good or bad?

If Majestic is problematic, can anyone recommend a engineered 1/2' x 5" natural oak, that is good & that I am least likely to have problems with?

Thanks Dorothy


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 Post subject: Re: Need advice on wood floor selection in humid Florida-thanks!
PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:27 pm 
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Theres a ton of American made hardwood flooring out there. Anderson comes to mind, so does WD flooring. It is unessarily difficult to find a specific list of American hardwood floor manufacturers out there, I tried that several weeks ago. You will still find imported manufacturers when you click on the species on this page.

http://hardwoodfloorsmag.com/resourcebook/default.aspx

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