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Old 01-17-2012, 03:56 PM  
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Any flooring experts out there?

Having a hard time trying to figure out what kind of flooring to go with. I want something durable that doesn't scratch easily and is affordable given I need about 1200-1300 sqft. Been looking at engineered, bamboo, laminate, etc.

Looking at the click together stuff to keep it simple.

Found some engineered floor at Menards for a good price but I haven't been able to find any reviews for their stuff online. Anyone here ever purchase flooring from Menards? Here is a link to the stuff I was looking at http://www.menards.com/main/p-1724753-c-12448.htm
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:15 PM   #2
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Bamboo scratches easier than advertised. It looks awesome, and the scratches don't turn white and look bad like some other woods, but it scratches.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:26 PM   #3
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Having a hard time trying to figure out what kind of flooring to go with. I want something durable that doesn't scratch easily and is affordable given I need about 1200-1300 sqft. Been looking at engineered, bamboo, laminate, etc.

Looking at the click together stuff to keep it simple.

Found some engineered floor at Menards for a good price but I haven't been able to find any reviews for their stuff online. Anyone here ever purchase flooring from Menards? Here is a link to the stuff I was looking at http://www.menards.com/main/p-1724753-c-12448.htm
Def go with some kind of middle priced laminate, stuff is awesome, easy to install, clean and doesn't scratch at all, I have a large dog that runs,rolls and walks around on the floor all the time still looks new after a year!!
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:32 PM   #4
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Bamboo scratches easier than advertised. It looks awesome, and the scratches don't turn white and look bad like some other woods, but it scratches.
That's what I have heard. Love the look of it though.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:48 PM   #5
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We just put this down in our kitchen and we love it. It looks like real wood and was very easy to put down as it locks together.

http://www.menards.com/main/flooring...72-c-12442.htm
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The other problem with bamboo is that you can't float it. You have to either under nail it or use liquid rubber. I put mine in with the liquid rubber which is really messy and really expensive. I would suggest a nailer.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:51 PM   #7
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I would go with laminates 8mm or thicker. Eight MM and thicker are a lot easier to work with and install.

Also, it depends on what bamboo you go with. Most bamboos are the same hardness as red oak. Anything that is "stranded" is over 100% harder than oak.

I don't want to disclose any information because of who I work for, but I would be glad to offer any more insight or suggestions.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:53 PM   #8
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The other problem with bamboo is that you can't float it. You have to either under nail it or use liquid rubber. I put mine in with the liquid rubber which is really messy and really expensive. I would suggest a nailer.
Incorrect. There is a company which sells solid, free floating bamboo. The benefit of having a solid wood floor (durability, structure and potential refinishing) but it free floats.

Again, I don't want to come off as spamming, but I feel the need to be informative.

Mr. Shitgoose, if you have any more questions for me you can PM if you'd like.
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