Forum Title: Questions on Hardwood vs. Engineered of Same Species
We are getting ready to replace about 2,000 sq. ft. of carpeting in our house with wood flooring. This is quite a big/expensive decision for us, so we want to make sure we do it right. We are fairly certain that we want to utilize a prefinished product to minimize scratching and we do not like the looks of handscraped. That being said, we have a few questions 1. Given the same species of wood (i.e. Janka rating) does a 3/4 hardwood product resist denting better or worse than that same wood in a 3.5mm veneer engineered product? 2. Some species of wood like Cumaru have a reputation for developing gaps or cupping in 3/4 hardwood even despite proper acclimation prior to installation. Does this problem get completely resolved or just slightly improved when utilized in an engineered product? 3. Some engineered products utilize plywood while others utilize MDF or HDF. What are the pros and cons of each? 4. This will be an above grade install on a subfloor, so nail down installation is okay. Should I nail down whatever we end up choosing or are there any up-sides to the click/floating engineered products? 5. We have a family room in the basement. Should we spring for the extra money for the thick foam padding versus standard felt paper to reduce noise? 6. Can anybody recommend a good choice of wood species and manufacturer products that provides known/reliable good dent/scratch resistance and stability to minimize gaps and buckling? We understand the floor won't look perfect forever, but we want to make sure we buy a good quality product. We are open to domestic or exotic and flexible on price to ensure quality. Thanks!! Esox
Category: Flooring Post By: CHRISTY BALL (Lorain, OH), 03/16/2019

If you are going over a plywood underlayment stick with solid 3/4 the only time I suggest engineered is when a customers wants Hardwood but they have a concrete base

- SALLY NEWMAN (Springfield, OH), 05/19/2019

Janka ratings are useless on an engineered. Technically that only applies to solid but can give you an idea of its ruggedness. If money is no object I would go with WD flooring, http://www.wdflooring.com/ or Carlisle, http://www.wideplankflooring.com/resources/video-gallery. Stick with native species and you'll have less problems.

- DONNA S (Denver, CO), 05/14/2019

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