Need quick reply; Is this Lowe's flooring any good?

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Old 09-20-08, 10:23 AM
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Need quick reply; Is this Lowe's flooring any good?

Bought 560 or so sq. ft. of Lowe's 'special' buy hand scraped engineered hardwood in hickory. Question is that i am not sure of the quality. Here goes the explanation:

When looking at this stuff and you see the where the rings are, there are very small little grooves where it looks like the finish didnt cover totally. Anotherwards maybe this wood could have been 'finished' more.

If you look at most real wood flooring it is nearly perfectly smooth. This stuff has areas where dirt could collect.

Does this make sense?

Basically, it looks as if the wood wasnt finished sufficiently and they just slapped a coat of finish on and called it good.

Is this acceptable? Normal for real hardwood?

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Could you take a picture and post it here?

You have to upload them to a sharing site, like photobucket.com and post the IMG url back here.
 
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Old 09-20-08, 07:18 PM
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standby for pic. Some of the flooring looks rather nice. some not
 
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Old 09-22-08, 01:52 AM
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Here's a pic:




The end of the knife is pointing to where the texture is where the ridges are. Maybe this is just a characteristic of hickory?
 
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Tavern or cabin grade wood tends to show more character than higher grades of wood. You will see more light and dark characteristics, knot holes, pin holes, raised grain, etc. Many prefer the more rustic look of the lower grades of wood because of the natural characteristics.
The raised grain that you point out takes finish differently. Lower quality levels of wood may not be sanded as many times as higher grades and have fewer coats of finish and finish without the additives that better grades have for greater scratch resistance. Lower quality woods tend not have a finish warranty.

As far as quality of wood is concerned, the wood should last as long as select or better grade with proper installation. The finish on lower quality wood flooring, which may not be as good as first quality, will likely not wear as long as better quality. Depending on amount of traffic and care and maintenance, even better quality flooring finishes may fail.
 
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Old 09-23-08, 08:46 PM
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Tavern or cabin grade wood tends to show more character than higher grades of wood. You will see more light and dark characteristics, knot holes, pin holes, raised grain, etc. Many prefer the more rustic look of the lower grades of wood because of the natural characteristics.
The raised grain that you point out takes finish differently. Lower quality levels of wood may not be sanded as many times as higher grades and have fewer coats of finish and finish without the additives that better grades have for greater scratch resistance. Lower quality woods tend not have a finish warranty.

As far as quality of wood is concerned, the wood should last as long as select or better grade with proper installation. The finish on lower quality wood flooring, which may not be as good as first quality, will likely not wear as long as better quality. Depending on amount of traffic and care and maintenance, even better quality flooring finishes may fail.
Thank you twelvepole. That explains it very well. I went to a local flooring company yesterday, brought the piece up there and the guy did an excellent job as well with explaining why it has this characteristic.
 
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