Plasticy finish of engineered wood floors

dizbugMarch 18, 2012

Hi everyone,

We were considering hand scraped engineered wood floors for our new home and were quite excited abiut this, until we saw some in person in an actual home yesterday. The surface had a VERY plasticy looking appearance making them look very cheap, and we hated it. So now we are reconsidering, and we have questions.

Does ALL engineered wood flooring have this plasticy appearance, or does it depend? For example, do distressed/hand scraped floors look different than smooth floors? Or does the appearance differ based on the manufacturer? We are willing to do solid hardwood floors if need be, but want to know our options. Thanks!

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There is absolutely no difference in topical appearance between engineered and topically, they are exactly the same. Find another manufacturer. As a matter of fact, they are more engineered in the marketplace then solids.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 9:44PM
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Definitely not. We have Shaw engineered wood (walnut) and it is gorgeous and indistinguishable from regular hardwood (and more expensive)

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 12:43AM
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The Kahrs engineered flooring I'm going to be putting in my new home looks like solid hardwood. No plasticky vibe whatsoever.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 2:55PM
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Nope.'you need to go look and feel different brands, types and finishes to see what you like. As with anything, there are different levels of quality.

In our last home we had very pretty Bruce floors with a shiny finish. You couldn't tell them from solid at all. For this build, we're putting in beautiful UA floors that have a low sheen. They look very authentic.

Engineered floors are real wood floors. There's no reason for them to feel any differently.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 12:56AM
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There is a difference between manufacturers. I visited a friend in the flooring business last week as we are going to install engineered hardwood floors due to concrete base and he showed me some that looked like the plastic finish you described and the exceptionally nice ones. It has something to do with the processing in making the floor. If I didn't have concrete as a base I would definitely go hardwood all the way. Remember to be aware of toxicity levels of formaldehyde and the glue they use. I found one company that has the least toxic levels and they sell glue that is also nontoxic.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 5:14PM
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