Dark wood, Dogs, Shaw and Engineered (Advice needed, quickly)

scotkightMarch 26, 2014

My builder offers only a few options for floors.

We narrowed it down to a handscraped 3.25" shaw pebble hill in olde english (hickory) or one similar to Smooth Sailin in Marina (I think it is maple, the names don't match from builder to shaw's website.)

Basic difference is slightly more glossy (40 vs 20) and fully flat on the smooth sailin' and a handscraped finish on the pebble hill. Not to mention the former is 5" vs 3.25".

We are going for a modern/contemporary look with espresso cabinets.

The answer should simply be, the 5" dark boards, but they are perfectly smooth. I have a dog, two cats, not to mention kids and regular life all running through the house. The last thing we want to be doing is constantly worrying about the floors looking dirty or scratched. While shaw says their floors won't scratch.. I don't know what to think.

This is where the pebble hill 3.25 comes in. It also has the right color, low gloss and is hand scraped to help hide any issues. Thing is, it goes a bit too far into "rustic." I know it won't look damaged by dogs and cats and whatnot, but I'm worried the look will be too far away from modern and actually hurt the total package.

Before you suggest it. No, we can't do aftermarket to another brand and the builder doesn't have the 5" pebble hill, I can give a story why but I'm not looking for feedback related to other products right now.

Out of these two, what would you do? I have until friday to change the build sheet, then it is set.

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Juno_barks

I am also looking at engineered flooring for a remodel, and trying for a modern look. While I have no experience with the specific models you describe, I do not like the hand scraped look on the floors. To me, they look artificial, and I think they will make the kitchen look dated another 5 yrs down the road.
Best of luck to you. At least with only 2 choices, you are much closer than I am to making a decision.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 4:05PM
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annkh_nd

I have had dogs and hardwood for 15 years. The floors are scratched, but it's not from the dogs. Like cars that get used, floors will show wear.

I trim my dogs' nails at least once a week, or whenever I hear their nails clickity-clack on the floor.

It definitely sounds like the smooth finish would suit the style of your home much better.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 5:48PM
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scotkight

I have a light oak floor now (12 years), so I get the idea of the floors scratching from lots of sources and dealing with it.

That would be great if I were sticking with light woods. My understanding is on the dark almost black stained woods, the scratching is much more noticeable. Especially the ones from pets that wouldn't have even shown up on the light stain.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 7:26AM
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Sophie Wheeler

Dark and smooth is like a mirror. It magnifies all of the pet hair and dirt and scratches. I would recommend against dark period. Especially if you're gonna go with the so just past trendy dark cabinets. No contrast between cabinets and floors is a fail designwise. Medium tone, with a visible grain, like oak or hickory will be the easiest to live with. Natural cherry or maple cabinets in a slab door would also suit your stated vision better. Espresso is trending down, soon to be out. It lets cheap lines use poor wood and disguise it under a tinted lacquer topcoat.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 7:43AM
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scotkight

Please, no suggestions to go to other colors, these are the two options.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 11:25AM
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live_wire_oak

Can't you accept neither, get a credit, and put down what you want after closing?

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 3:15PM
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xc60

I would go with the handscraped low sheen wood, having had it previously in one of our homes.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 7:34PM
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scotkight

No, I cannot get a credit, would be nice.

xc60, any other feedback on the floors? Maybe a picture or two?

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 9:10PM
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xc60

Here are some pics, the photos don't show the true color of the floors though. They were much darker and had more brown and less red in person. We did chose a almost black wire brushed oak floor in our newest build. Just to try something different, but I would do a dark handscraped low sheen again in a heart beat. :) We do build a new home every three years as an investment, so no real long term experience. But in the three plus years of having each home the floors wore well and did not show scratches with dogs. But low sheen, and handscraped did hide any scratches or dings we did have and looked natural.

Other house:

New build brushed oak floors, low sheen:

This post was edited by xc60 on Fri, Mar 28, 14 at 1:27

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 1:23AM
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scotkight

Thank you! Any chance I could see the larger version of those pictures? They direct to photo bucket, but password protected.

imgur or something like that could be an option for sharing, I don't know much about photo bucket.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 8:56AM
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hpete

What did you end up choosing? I would love to see a picture if you chose the Shaw pebble hickory Olde English. I am trying to decide between that and the Weathered Saddle color. Thanks!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 10:51PM
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scotkight

I went with the olde english. The wood was finally put into the house about a week ago, but is covered up while they finish a bunch of other things. I should be able to take pictures of it soon and give feedback in a few months.

The brief "how it looks" right now is... I love it. Not everyone would, but it is really awesome to my eyes.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2014 at 12:44PM
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snookums2

I think you made a good choice, although the dark will show a lot of hair etc. I have a distressed Shaw product and a young sharp clawed cat flying and skidding around. The floor is fine. I am impressed. I even took a scrap and soaked it in water and it held up fine! lol. The sample seemed to scratch easy enough but not with normal use, which of course would include animals. Those furniture finishes would be a nightmare, imo. I have gotten a few scratches from work being done but doesn't matter with this finish. Shaw's distressing is irregular so looks good, imo. Love this floor!

    Bookmark   October 5, 2014 at 4:37PM
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