Shaw Engineered Maple vs. Bruce Solid Maple flooring

tl1969November 19, 2012

I need to order hardwood flooring for my first floor (kitchen and sunroom) and am considering the Engineered Shaw Product called Acadian Heights. It is 6 3/8 inches and is Handscraped Maple in the Blackwoods stain. I am also considering the Bruce Kennedale Solid 5 inch Maple in Cappucino color, although it is 1 dollar more per SF, so my first choice is the Shaw engineered product. Is anyone familiar with either of these two lines because you purchased them for your own home? Both wood floors are a dark brown, as that will go best with my white cabinets. I am hoping that is not a mistake as I have read that they show dust. Thank you in advance for any advice you can provide.

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Why are you comparing apples and oranges? What is your subfloor? If it's slab, then you need to only be looking at engineered. And yes, dark floors show dust horribly. Go rent a black car for a day and see if you can live with all of the spots showing up. You won't be happy unless you like to swiffer daily. If easy care is important to you, then choose a floor in a medium tone close to the color of whatever dirt is in your locale. You can always bring in dark elements in counters, pulls, lighting or other decorative elements that are smaller doses and easier to live with.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 9:36AM
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My subfloor is not slab so I can do either. I had originally thought of doing solid, so I could refinish them, but I have a budget of $5/SF and this Bruce solid is the only one in my budget that is 5 inches wide. Alas, reviews of their solid floors seem quite poor, although I have not read any reviews specifically of their Kennedale line, which the store salesman tells me is very high quality.

I have read that the engineered is better for wider planks. So that is one consideration. I also read that the Shaw finish is very durable and scratch resistant. I am hoping to buy a Roomba and have that sweep up every day, keeping dust to a minimum. The darker wood really sets off my white cabinetry well, somI prefer to go as dark as I can allow. Doesmany one own a Roomba and can speak to how well those work?

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 11:29AM
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Can I ask if you ever went with the acadian heights? I'm considering them, but can't seem to find any reviews.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2015 at 7:09AM
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