I am going to be installing new wood flooring soon and have just begun
to look at the different types out there. I would like to hear
opinions and experiences that you all have had. The only thing for
sure is that it has to be real wood, probably red oak.
Check the local flooring and woodworking places. You can get good prices
and better than average quality than you will find at the big box stores.
You can also find many different species of wood at these places also.
If you are in the MA/CT/NY area, this is the place to go:
If you are in eastern Virginia, LaGrange Resources. Visit www.velvitoil.com
for more information.
IMO, it you can lay the floor and finish on site, you will get a better job
than the pre-finished flooring. I've used Mannington because I had to use
an engineered wood floor over a slab. Much as I like it, the CT hardwood
would be better.
We have a lot of tongue in groove pine flooring. We like pine. It's less
expensive, it fits in with the country styleof our home and with use it
develops a "distressed" look (which we want.) Yet it wears very well.
Be sure you let it sit in the house for at least two weeks before starting
Check that the boards you get are as straight as possible.
We fastened our first project with construction cement but used deck screws
on subsequent installations, countersinking the screws in half inch holes
and then putting a piece of dowelling in the hole to simulate a "pegged"
effect. With power tools and a template made from an old board it goes
quickly. I also cut staggered lengths to create a random effect..
We then stained and finished with three coats of clear urethane. It looks
just great. Some people like to sand it. We didn't find it necessary.
The biggest problem was the odd board that just wouldn't go. Sometimes you
can rig a temporary wedge that will force the board in. If it was too bad, I
just scrapped the board and used another. Be happy to e -mail you a digital
picture if you're interested.
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