Advice on 1st time installation

Old 10-12-04, 07:37 PM
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My brother and I are getting ready to install 700sf of Engineered BR111 santos mahogany wood floor. The manufacturer installation instructions suggest glue or floating type. We're thinking of doing float installation. Can someone please give us any pointers using this method. Is float install ok for 3" width board? Any opion on the BR111 engineered product ? (we're on a tight budget and this seemed like the best for the money). We also appreciated if someone could point us to similiar product and comparable price.

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Engineered wood floor installation

Manufacturers of laminate flooring products have very specific instructions for their individual products. Some manufacturers have better instructions than others. Read and follow directions carefully in order not to void warranties. There are websites online that offer tips for installing floating floors. Many are opting for floating floor installation due to ease of installation.

If you are wanting a floor that can be sanded and refinished in the future, then you need to make sure that this product can be. Many engineered wood products can not be. Most of us are on tight budgets and want the biggest bang for the buck. If you plan on staying in this home, then a little more paid up front may give you a better product if this product is one that can not be refinished.

Too, mahogany is a very soft wood. Soft woods are prone to dings and dents. It is rated 800 on the hardness scale, whereas red oak is 1260 and maple 1450. Like American Cherry, another soft wood, mahogany tends to fair better as furniture if you have an active household.

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