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RE: hardwood vs. engineered wood (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: sb345 on 02.14.2008 at 08:32 pm in Flooring Forum

A good quality engineered with a thick wear layer is at least as good as a good quality solid. However, most of the engineered products out there are thin wear layers or worse yet rotary sliced wear layers. Also the lengths in the vast majority of engineered products imported from Asia are horrible usually 1 or 2 lengths maxing out at anywhere from 36 to 49 inches, any good quality solid will give you 84" or more as a maximum length.

Engineered excels in difficult installations where high or extremely low humidity are a concern or with unstable species like hard maple. A premium quality engineered floor will likely be more expensive than a comparable solid except in really pricey exotic woods like Wenge, Sapele, and Burmese Teak.

As to prefinished engineered vs. solid the finish on both types from most manufacturers will be virtually the same thing a UV cured polyurethane or acrylic with Aluminum Oxide in it. Regardless the manufacturers warranty all prefinished floors will need refinished in 5-10 years depending on your tolerance for scratches, so unless you plan on pulling up your flooring look for something that can be refinished:

- No rotary sliced engineered
- No engineered with wear layers less than 3mm (Thomasville is 2.2mm may be able to be screened lightly once, maybe, deep scratches will not be able to be sanded out)
- No cheap substrates (MDF, HDF, pine, multiply Oak)

What you should look for

- A true random length product
- 4mm or thicker wear layer
- Baltic Birch plywood substrate
- Aluminum Oxide finish

Some Brands you may want to consider if the higher end product appeals to you:

- Owens Plankfloor
- Canterbury Signature Engineered
- Real Wood Floors engineered

All of these are available prefinished or site finished, have 4-5mm wear layers, and are true random length products.

Best of luck in your search

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Flooring: Pinnacle Forest Highlands Collection (pics)

posted by: boxiebabe on 02.26.2009 at 01:47 pm in Kitchens Forum

I am cross-posting this in the flooring forum as well - the more info the better, I feel!

Does anyone have any experience with?:
Pinnacle Forest Highlands Collection

Please tell me all about it.

The color we're considering is:
Manchurian Maple Sienna

Manchurian Maple Sienna (Pinnacle)

Our Kitchen 2/24/09

Our Kitchen 2/24/09

Toe Kick

Toe kick

A few pics of our kitchen above too - I would love to hear feedback on whether or not you think it would "go" with our kitchen. We're dealing with a local flooring and design store and having a local installer. They're charging $7.50 square ft + $3 sq ft to install. From the prices I've seen on some of the internet sites, seems like a fairly good price. What I have found on the internet ranges from $8.29-$11.50, plus delivery. (Sorry I didn't tidy up the kitchen before taking the pics)

Thanks for any advice or opinions.

Boxie

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Pros and Cons? Pinnacle Forest Highlands Collection (pic included

posted by: boxiebabe on 02.26.2009 at 01:45 pm in Flooring Forum

Does anyone have any experience with?:
Pinnacle Forest Highlands Collection

Please tell me all about it.

The color we're considering is:
Manchurian Maple Sienna

Manchurian Maple Sienna (Pinnacle)

Our Kitchen 2/24/09

Our Kitchen 2/24/09

Toe Kick

Toe kick

A few pics of our kitchen above too - I would love to hear feedback on whether or not you think it would "go" with our kitchen. We're dealing with a local flooring and design store and having a local installer. They're charging $7.50 square ft + $3 sq ft to install. From the prices I've seen on some of the internet sites, seems like a fairly good price. What I have found on the internet ranges from $8.29-$11.50, plus delivery. (Sorry I didn't tidy up the kitchen before taking the pics)

Thanks for any advice or opinions.

Boxie

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RE: Pushopen/pedal trash bins (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: buehl on 12.15.2007 at 05:57 pm in Kitchens Forum

They're an after market item that you retrofit. As Cat_Mom said, they're sold by Hfele and are available online from various online stores (e.g., trashcansandmore.com and kitchensource.com)

The silver one is for trash cans mounted on rails or shelves (i.e., suspended from a shelf or rail): 502.15.220
Foot Pedal, Rails/Shelf (TrashcansAndMore)
Foot Pedal, Rails/Shelf (KitchenSource)

The black one is for trash cans mounted on a base drawer/shelf (i.e., sitting in a base): 502.15.113
Foot Pedal, Base (TrashcansAndMore)
Foot Pedal, Base (KitchenSource)

They're designed for frameless cabinets BUT, if you check the link below you will find a series of 4 pictures describing how a GWer made them work for face frame cabinets!

Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: Pull Out Trash Foot Pedal--How to make it work with Face Frame Cabinets (4 pics & description)

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