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Old 11-04-2013, 05:15 PM
 
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I am looking to do my den & living in Natural Hardwood Maple floors.
About 450 SF total.

I have NO clue on which manufacture to select/research.
Any ideas?
Thanks!
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Old 11-04-2013, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Start at HD or Lowes, and have a look at what they carry. Bruce is a major source of hardwood floors. I don't know what other brands are carried at those places. But start there. This is doing research before making a major purchase.

Then consult 2 or 3 local flooring stores who (hopefully) employ their own people as installers. Have them give you input about what they can do for you, and give you bids. You need to hear what is involved in your particular job from more than one source. Be sure to ask loads of questions. It is best if they will visit your home to see what sort of job you require. Ask them which brand they think is best.
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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The world is your oyster!- But ya gotta narrow it down a bit.

Prefinished or site finished?

If prefinished, 3/4", 3/8", or other?

Regular 2-1/4" planking, or wider?

DIY or have installed?

Where (what metroplitis)?
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Old 11-08-2013, 01:22 PM
 
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Mirage was our choice. The LR and BR's have been hardwood now for 20 years and still look beautiful, no splintering and the polyglycoat has held up very well, it was highly rated back then and still is, I believe it is still made in Canada, and they put anywhere from 8 to 12 coats of poly on each slat. I'm sure there are other great manufacturers but this was our pick after researching the quality back then. A quick look at the internet looks like the quality remains.
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