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@Vicatz: Have you looked into engineered wood products such as Luxe Vinyl?

   
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Looking for manufacturer or brand of “quality” engineered hardwood flooring about 7 inch wide plank, white oak or french oak- any recommendation?

Would be installed over first floor on top of crawlspace in home

I’m assuming subfloor is plywood- glue vs nail down installation?

   
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@Gaby: According to Consumer Reports testings, Luxe Vinyl and Laminate flooring are rater higher than engineered wood flooring. CR's highest rated engineered wood tested is Home Legend" Strand Woven Mojave HL667 (Home Depot). Vinyl highest recommended ratings include 7 brands with 3 Armstrong, 1Congoleum, 1 Tarkett and 1 Shaw brands. Best buys were listed as Armstrong Vivero D10 Homespun Harmony Rugged Brown U1042 and Tarkett NAFCO PermaStone Collection Natural Slate Sand Stone NS-660. As for Laminate 7 were listed as recommended including 3 Pergo, 1 Lumber liquidators, 1 Home Legend, 1 Shaw and 1 Armstrong brands. Two best buy Laminates are Lumber Liquidators Dream Home Boardwalk Oak 10043317, Home Legend Textured Oak Paloma HL1226 (Home Depot) and Pergo Outlast+Vintage Pewter Oak LF000848.

You'll need to research various brands as well as different offerings within those brands. You'll need to know the rooms you want the flooring installed and various characteristics such as amount of daylight on the floor of those rooms, amount of traffic, pets, wear and tear factor such as entertainment, children, etc.

I've linked an article from Consumer Reports to help you get started. Once you narrow it down, I suggest you visit a local flooring store in your area. Be prepared with a list of questions for each brand and choices shown to you. One question would be "requirements" for installation. Another would be sub-flooring plywood or if concrete foundation. Also consider joints between rooms. Don't forget to write down the answers given. Also ask for literature on interested selections.

Then go home and after review and thinking on it, decide whether you wish to purchase what you saw or do more research and shopping at another flooring store.

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