Lock and Fold / Glue down
Hi. I am seriously considering a Bruce floor - 5 inch American Originals Hickory in Sunset Sand. It would be throughout the entire house - kitchen included - with the exception of the bathrooms and utility room. I want a VERY distressed floor so this seems to fit the bill. Anyhow, I brought home two sample boards. One is the Lock and Fold, the other the glue down. Altho both labeled as "sunset sand" they seem to be slightly different in color but that could be from aging. My questions:
The L&F is priced less than the glue down every place I price it although I am told that you can glue down the L&F - that it is essentially the same product. Does anyone know if this is true? If so, why pay more for the glue down even if you plan on gluing?
Regarding glue down verses L&F - I have read pro and con on both. We have four - yes four - dogs, myself, and spouse living here. All of us - mostly the dogs - are well behaved but being realistic, I am choosing mega distressed flooring for a reason. Anyhow, would we be ill advised to do the L&F with our household? The ease of installation claims are tempting. I have read, however, of odd sounding and odd feeling floors with the L&F. Is this true even with a top quality underlayment? We are in Central Florida in a single story concrete slab. We will either DIY or hire my nephew who has installed floors for a living (altho no L&F).
I dont want to do this twice so am seeking wisdom if anyone has some to share.
Product recommendations (floors, glues, underlayments, etc) are also welcome since we have not pulled the trigger yet.