Is this really true about hardwood flooring? Sheen or no sheen?

downsouthMay 31, 2010

We will be moving to our retirement home in a few months and want to install engineered hardwood flooring in our great room, foyer and dining room...all open to each other. We have had engineered flooring for 14 years and we love it. My question is one of the hardwood stores told us that a floor without a shine cleans a lot better than a hardwood floor with a sheen/glossy look? Is this true? Is the sheen only a matter of preference?

We have made a decision that we want a harder wood and 5" boards. Everything I see about Brazilian Cherry I just love, but I wonder if I would get tired of the "redness" that this wood seems to have. Any thoughts? Pictures?

Thanks, Dee

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Sheen will not matter with how they clean normally, but will matter with how quickly they look dirty. Matte finish is more forgiving. High shine is being sold less and less as it shows every in-perfection or abrasion to the finish. Brazillian cherry is a product that most people love and do not get tired of the red. Brazilian cherry does change color quickly with age and sunlight. Beautiful wood.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2010 at 11:34PM
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Does Brazilian Cherry come in a matte finish? Is one brand better than another with engineered flooring?


    Bookmark   May 31, 2010 at 11:58PM
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I can not agree with "Echoflooring" more on all his comments besides the part about popularity of the higher sheen level floorings. It seems more acceptable to me now than a few years ago. I post along a link of Brazilian Cherry engineered flooring.

Here is a link that might be useful: Teka Twin Brazilian Cherry IdealLoc

    Bookmark   June 1, 2010 at 12:00AM
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The shinier (and darker) a floor is, the more it acts as a mirror to show the dust and dirt from everyday living. THe most practical floor in the terms of needing less maintainence is a medium toned floor with a significant grain pattern in a satin or matte finish--thus the popularity of oak flooring. THe floor that will be the highest maintainence will be a dark floor with little graining pattern in a gloss finish---which describes 90% of all Brazillian Cherry floors that are available on the market. If you have daily maid service, you may not care about the maintainence issues, but if you plan to maintain your home yourself, then I'd personally avoid anything that would increase the labor in a home deemed a "retirement home".

    Bookmark   June 1, 2010 at 9:33AM
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... The most practical floor in the terms of needing less maintenance is a medium toned floor with a significant grain pattern in a satin or matte finish--thus the popularity of oak flooring. ....

I'm the one in a panic over which finish for my hardwoods (a thread from yesterday). Then I read the above in this thread and feel a little better. It's discussions like this that made me not want a glossy finish to start with, but then I talked with my builder's wife who said that they prefer to use semi-gloss for its durability.

Anyway, 2 coats of satin are already done (on white oak). Final coat will come after painters finish up in the house. Not having ANY experience at all with hardwoods, I just don't know what to expect. Will I be happy with the way satin holds up (we're not too hard on floors--no kids but will have 2 cats)? Should I switch to semi-gloss for last coat (and/or ask for an extra). Aaaarrrgh. Just this one last agony, and we'll be about ready to move in.


    Bookmark   July 22, 2010 at 11:07AM
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Low-gloss is a more forgiving finish in terms of not showing wear. The shinier the finish, the sooner you will notice dulling or scratching in high-wear areas. I would personally not go glossier than satin, and I would actually prefer matte myself.

Satin on white oak should hold up pretty well. White oak, assuming it's not stained a dark color, is a very forgiving wood IMO. The grain pattern and medium color tones hide a multitude of sins.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2010 at 8:46PM
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I want the engineered hardwood that is not smooth and feels like real wood. Something my dogs can walk on without slipping. Where can I find it and what is it called? No one seems to have a clue. I have seen it on the floor in Walmart...Anyone?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 3:10PM
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The floor you have seen in Walmart may not be real wood at all. There are several vinyl or vinyl-type flooring products that imitate the look of real wood by using high resolution image technology. Laminate flooring uses such technology to produce the 'papers' that have the design printed on them. I have seen some flooring by Tarkett and other manufacturers at flooring conventions that I had to get on my knees to examine to determine whether they were the 'real' thing or not.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 4:05PM
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Are you referring to a hand-scraped texture? During my shopping for laminate, I've come across several that have a texture that's supposed to better imitate real wood and that's what they were all labeled. I've also read that some of the luxury vinyl floors have the same texture and appearance as real wood, but haven't seen one myself. I'm not sure what Wal-Mart is installing these days.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 7:14PM
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walmarts use a solid vinyl plank flooring that is quite nice but not wood at all.

Be aware that Brazillian Cherry while hard will change colors dramatically after you install them. As mentioned the dark color and satin finish will show off ever little speck of dirt or smudge. Finish choice is also a function of how much light that room will get. If your sitting in the LR and looking down the length of your house you will notice things a lot more.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 8:03PM
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Wal mart uses Karndean, but it is not maintenance free and I do not recommend it.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 8:45PM
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