My right-hand man, who shall remain nameless (Grant), is thinking of
doing his basement rec room in wood. Engineered is what we're told, so
far, what we should use.
Now, I know some of you are humidity and moisture savvy (read Houston).
Any brands, things to look for (or out for)?
I used a Bruce engineered wood floor, adhesive installed on a
monolithic slab about 625 ft sq. about seven years ago, no issues, in
an area with lots of dew point differential.
I think the engineered floors are more temp, humidiy change tolerant.
I also installed about 300 feet of 2-7/8" wide, 3/4" thick solid oak
in my office upstairs. Local salvage company had a shed full of it.
When I finished the job the cost of flooring, nails, renting the
sander, finish materials, was less than $10/sq. yd. After running
those numbers I went back to buy the whole shed full, but it was gone.
I don't have any big humidity issues here in the Arizona desert, but I
did put down Bruce engineered flooring in my dinette area. I did the
floating method to get around a slab crack that kept breaking tiles.
This stuff is 3" wide and random lengths. I put it over a vapor barrier
with a thin foam attached.
It has been great for over two years and wears like iron.
I've used Mannington and Scandian made in Brazil.
Both worked equally well. Both are very good quality. If below grade you
need a poly moisture barrier. I installed both as floating floors and they
went in easily and look great.
I put down a floating Maple engineered wood floor in our master bathroom
about 5 years ago. It is holding up very well. Would I do it again in a
bathroom? No. We don't like having to be very careful about water being
spilled/dripped on the floor after a bath or shower. Anywhere else but the
kitchen, fine. I don't recall the brand however I got it from HD, I
seriously doubt it was a common name brand.
I used bamboo in the kitchen. I thought I'd have trouble with drips
from the ice maker and sink but it was fine. The only thing I
didn't like about it was the semi-gloss finish. It showed spots
pretty badly. No, I wouldn't use it in a bathroom. Tile is too
Bamboo is dirt cheap too. I went with it because it was cheaper,
including installation, than even a medium grade vinyl (that it
replaced). It looks far better. If I'd known how easy to put down
I would have done it myself. It would have taken a while but I
would have done a better job.
BTW, if you go with bamboo the vertical stuff is much nicer, IMO. I
have the horizontal in the great room and dining room of our new
place and don't like it nearly as well as the vertical carbonized
medium we had in our last home. Also, 6' boards look better than
the 3' and are only a little more expensive.
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