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RE: Approximate cost of hardwood floor? (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: bluekitobsessed on 06.17.2008 at 09:19 am in Kitchens Forum

Tartanhabit, I paid $8200 for 460 sqft of engineered hdwd -- material was $11/sqft (they needed to buy about 510 sqft), labor was $3/sqft, and misc costs of glue, moldings, and such. This was about 2 weeks ago in SoCal. Sounds like you are at the same place I was -- unenthusiastic about tile. Here's a pic (during the installation) of dark maple stained hdwd and natural maple cab, just in case you need any more inspiration:
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Mpwdmom (love your name), here's your crash course: Engineered hdwd is a well made & beautiful product made by most of the brand names (Anderson, Bruce, Mannington, etc) but easily confused with laminate wood-look (eg, Pergo). Eng'd hdwd is prefinished, sort of like kitchen cabs. If you are on a slab foundation you must use engineered hdwd unless you float the floor above the slab (expensive). If you're on a raised foundation with a crawlspace, or second story, you can install traditional hdwd, either prefinished or finished on site. The only drawback to eng'd hdwd is that it can't be refinished multiple times. Choices include wood species (you don't want American cherry or bamboo), color/stain, matte/glossy finish; plank widths; whether the edges of each plank are beveled (more country/rustic, but a bit of a pain to keep clean) or smooth (think urban loft look). Do not use Swiffer to keep clean. Mine is Anderson Dellamano hand-distressed (it's not grungy, it's distressed!) maple with Amaretto stain to match my caramel cabinet glazing. HTH.

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