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wood floor for beach house-engineered or solid?

Posted by Henley (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 7, 12 at 18:58

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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RE: wood floor for beach house-engineered or solid?

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.


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RE: wood floor for beach house-engineered or solid?

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.


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RE: wood floor for beach house-engineered or solid?

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'


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RE: wood floor for beach house-engineered or solid?

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.


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