Brands for solid 3/4 hardwood


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Old 11-13-22, 09:40 PM
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Brands for solid 3/4 hardwood

Looking to get some hardwood floors installed. There's so many brands out there, I'm trying to figure out which one is "premium", which one is "discount" and which one is middle?

I wana spend around $8-11/sqft.

I see a lot of Bellawood from LL in that price range.. Is that considered middle or low end? I read mix info on the web some saying Bellawood is garbage and others saying its really premium.

How about Anderson? How about Shaw?
 
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Old 11-14-22, 12:42 AM
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That's like asking what brand of milk is the best, your going to have to make that decision for yourself based on research for your area. It's been about 3 years since I did my last flooring project, with COVID everything has gone up so what I used to base my assumptions on is out the door today!
 
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Old 11-14-22, 06:22 AM
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In addition to brands of hardwood flooring you should be looking at grade and hardness rating.
 
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Old 11-14-22, 02:22 PM
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My experience with Bella wood is that you get a lot of shorts. It makes it very hard to stagger the joints.
 
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Old 11-14-22, 04:12 PM
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Currently about half the carpet has been changed out for LL 3/4" plank. It's been 3 years and no issues! Next year all the hallways get changed then we will decide if the other bedrooms will get new carpet or wood.

I love doing wood floors!
 
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Old 12-03-22, 03:57 PM
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What species? The Canadian hardwoods are top notch due to cooler climate and long time to grow. Based on commments LL isn't too good. If you want prefinished, Muskoka (now called Vintage) advertises that its flooring edge has the smallest microbevel in the industry,
 
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Old 12-04-22, 03:42 AM
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Based on comments LL isn't too good.
LL had an issue years ago with laminate flooring that exceeded the limits for VOC, personally I thought it was a bit over blown. It had nothing to do with solid flooring.
 
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IMO prefinished is the way to go if it's being put down while you live in the house. That eliminates the dust from sanding and you don't have to wait on the finish to dry. The factory applied finish is more durable than a site applied finish. The only down side is the beveled edge between boards can make it a little harder to keep clean.
 
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Old 12-04-22, 07:49 AM
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The only down side is the beveled edge between boards
I've installed pre finished in several of my homes and never thought that was an issue and in fact we've moved to the wire brush finish and felt the beveled edges just went along with the overall rougher look.

Don't know if I would like a perfectly smooth flooring! But to each their own!

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