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Need help with picking flooring, solid hardwood or engineered, which is better?
June 4, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Our house got damaged during Hurricane Sandy so we have torn it down and we are rebuilding new construction. The new house will be 8ft up on pilings. I am getting mixed opinions from flooring stores and the builder as to what type of wood flooring we should put. The builder is providing Bruce pre-finished solid hardwood 3 1/4 wide plank. However we don't have to pick this type. I have heard that it is better to get natural floors and stain on sight instead of pre-finished. Which is better? Then in going to different flooring stores, they say not to get the solid wood, that the engineered wood is better because of the damp beach location. Solid hard wood can warp, but the engineered wood can only be refinished 3 times and is more expensive. Does anyone have any advice or experience to help up choose. We have time because they are only framing but I need to figure out the flooring so we can pick the cabinets. Thanks