I'm buying new floors for a house I'm buying next week. I'm going to
install them myself because it'll save me $2000-2500. I called around and
found 2 great prices on hardwood floors. I'm having trouble making a
decision with my current options and need some help from anyone that might
know the best deal.
Cabin Grade Oak Floors @ $4800 (sales tax added). This option includes
tavern grade wood without filled knots, but comes with a 5 year finish
warranty. It expected that 15% of the wood won't be usable.
Tavern Grade Oak Floors @ $3914 (no tax, but $250 shipping) This option is
the same as above, but comes without a warranty. The same 15% waste can be
assumed. Since it's a closeout and from out of state, I may have to order
extra to make sure I have enough and the floors may look rough in spots.
First grade white oak (the others are red) with a 25 year warranty for
$4234. The color of the stain is not as golden as the others and this has
squared edges and ends. The problem is if the floors aren't level under
the carpet, there may be exposed edges of the floor if they rise up.
Think...walking along and feeling the corner of a board in sock feet.
This would be slightly better quality overall than what I could buy from
Lowes for $7128....but the Lowes wood has a microbevel.
The question I have is about Option 3...it's a much better deal than the
others based on grade (warranty is more of a indicator of the grade of the
wood and lack of mineral staining since the finish is typically the same
process). Has anyone here installed squared edge prefinished floors?
BTW, this was 3/4" solid obtained thru distressed products outlet
similar to many of the online places except was local.
I'd never consider buying something like this I couldn't see unless it
was guaranteed firsts and had right-of-refusal in purchase agreement if
not as promised/satisfied.
Depending on the manufacturer and the reason for the
disposal/classification, the finish may be very poor as well may be the
dimensional tolerances besides the actual material defects of the knots,
etc., that lower grade.
Both were issues w/ what I bought but I knew it by looking before
purchase and bought it as if it were unfinished flooring knowing it
would need finishing.
Unless you're talking the last product above, I'd think 100-ft overage
isn't nearly enough unless you've got sizable areas such as closets or
others to hide poor material into.
On Oct 7, 10:08 am, scarpozzi_at_gmail_dot email@example.com (scarpozzi)
If the floor isn't level, I'd start by addressing that. Regardless
of the kind of wood flooring you choose, it's not designed to hide
problems with the existing surface.
I'd also suggest reconsidering your approach to the whole project. I
don't know how much you paid for your house or what it looks like, but
putting cabin grade product in to save a few bucks may not be a good
idea. Also, when you are dealing with material that has a lot of
defects, the skill and experience of the installer is an important
factor in figuring out how to minimize the amount of defects that are
used, hiding them, etc. Finally, if you;re dealing with some
internet or other company of dubious credibility, it's not unusual for
it to wind up with you having a truck load of real crap show up and
difficulty in getting it returned, your money back, etc.
Are you REALLY installing hardwood floors then covering them with carpet? Or
are you talking about the transition from carpet to wood? If the latter,
there are solutions to that problem.
And how much floor, in square feet, are you considering?
Further, we note you're posting via the we-don't-like-them company. Bad
scarpozzi had written this in response to
Hey Bub, I didn't get to check the thread yesterday. You gave me a good
chuckle this morning. :P
I'm slightly nervous about the condition of the subfloor, but it'll only
cost time and $1000 to get new tongue & groove plywood. Considering this
would need to be done on any wood floor I put down, I may go ahead and
order the square-edge floors and just plan all that into my cost. This
house has 6 decent-sized closets I can hide bad boards in, but my real
buffer is that there's a laundry room that can etiher lay new floors in or
keep as vinyl.
Thanks for all your advice guys.
The Stucco site is not a help forum, it's an
*advertising* forum that invades real forums
(like "alt.home.repair", part of "usenet")
parasitically in order to generate free
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advances its search engine placement, thereby
increasing its own revenue through its click-
through advertising commissions.
So the first thing you should do is write them
an email and tell them to quit spamming.
Then try to find your way here through proper
channels. Please do a google search on "Usenet"
and post the regular way.
I think his reference to carpet was that the floor is covered with
carpet now and he means he's concerned that the existing floor
(plywood?) under the carpet may not be level. Which is why I said
if the floor isn't level to begin with, he needs to address that
before doing anything, as no hardwood flooring is going to go down
Solid 3/4 wood? T&G, nail through the tongue into the subfloor?
If so, no, I've never done it and I'd never even try it. No way are the
boards going to lay down nice and flat without height variation board to
board. Which means they need to be sanded. Which means bye-bye finish.
I *have* laid 3/4" T&G unfinished flooring. Sanded and finished it too, no
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