If it is quality engineered hardwood it will be as hard as it will ever
get. They use very hard, durable finishes. I put some in the family
room over a slab. After 10+ years there is only one barely noticeable
The only coating that will help is a couple of inches of concrete, but
the finish does not show as well.
Well, that's sad, because I simply dropped some car keys onto planks of very
high quality 1/2" thick engineered planks with thick american cherry veneer,
and the planks dinged. You would think that someone would come up with a
way to put a hard polymer coating on top of the wood that could protect the
The only way you are going to get a very hard, abrasion resistant finish is
to apply it yourself. NO finishes are made to be applied over the factory
finish. Factory finishes are very specialized (and usually proprietary) a
nd engineered to prevent things from sticking to them or penetrating them.
That rules out a top coat.
American cherry is a poor choice for flooring. There is a reason you see o
ak, hickory, ash, and certainly a plethora of South American hardwoods on f
loors. They are hard woods to begin with (as opposed to the softness of ch
erry) and their grainy surfaces hold finish well. American cherry is soft a
nd tight grained and does not hold heavy, "engineered for flooring" finishe
How soft is cherry compared to most white oaks? IIRC, the Janka scale show
s oak to be anywhere from half again to almost twice as hard. That should
be easy enough to look up, along with any other woods you are interested in
using for flooring.
If it dinged from car keys I'd avoid it. I'd also question the quality
of it. My engineered floors have had many a drop like that an no
marks at all. They use some sort of aluminum oxide finish that is
Sorry, but I don't beleive that. Cherry is one of my favorite
cabinet woods, I've worked many board feet of it, and while it
isn't as hard as maple or oak there's no way it's soft enough
to "ding" from something as light as a set of car keys.
My guess is your "very high quality" vendor is feeding you a
line on both the quality and the material of the planks you're
if you do not like how wood floors wear than you really want a different
wood floors tend to take on character as they age from use
that is why people pay a premium for repurposed barn wood for floors
go with grade a solid oak
it will outlive you
If it's an "engineered wood" floor and needs any kind of special
treatment in order to stand up to normal use, then get a different brand
of engineered wood floor because the one you're looking at is crap.
Those are really nice products and thanks for mentioning that. Are these
designed to only work on a concrete subfloor? I believe in my case all of
my subfloors are plywood, above a crawl space under the home.
Ceramic tile made to look like wood or building patterns that are wood-like
would be great for high traffic areas, and then save real wood flooring for
rooms that need to look more elegant like a living room or formal dining
For what it's worth, I had not seen the woodgrain ceramic until I got a
new job where there was a newly remodelled conference area with a
woodgrain ceramic floor (this is in the world headquarters of the 98th
largest corporation in the world by the way).
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