wood floor for beach house-engineered or solid?

HenleyMarch 7, 2012

We're choosing between wide plank white oak engineered floors and solid wood white oak planks. We've been advised that the solid wood should be no more than 4" wide and also quarter sawn would be more stable. I would rather have more character in the wood though and not get quarter sawn. Would it be insane to get wide plank-6 or 7 inch-solid white oak and better to go with engineered wood since we're 100 yards from the ocean?

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Positively engineered for many reasons. I would not consider solid for a millisecond with your situation. Stability is key. Moisture is key. Salt is key. You need stability.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 8:53AM
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Sophie Wheeler

I wouldn't even consider wood. With the sand that will be tracked back into the dwelling, the finish will be gone in no time. Either do tile or a wood look tile.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 2:23PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana

I agree...wood look tile will look nice and last forever.

Here is a link that might be useful: Google image search for 'wood look tile'

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 4:03PM
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Definitely engineered for your case. We found that engineered floor works the best with higher humidity region. If you have any quality concern, you may find some engineered floorings with full 3/4' total thick and 3/8" wear layer for future refinish with 2 other layers with same thickness. It could go as wide as 12" with no warp. Even better you can float, nail or glue down the boards as you're pleased.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 7:08PM
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