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Old 04-12-2011, 06:08 PM   #1
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hardwood floor installer recommendation

Anybody have any experience with knowledgeable and economical installers? Need to do a job that's about 650 sqf of floating floor engineered hardwood. Wouldn't mind a contact for someone that can get good pricing for underlays or even the hardwood itself as well.

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Hanco on bridgeport has a good variety of hardwood.

I recently heard of a horror story locally about Shaw engineered hardwood, IIRC it was at a restaurant where they have fluctuation of the indoor temp caused the wood to crack. Honestly don't know that much about the story though, mom just brought it up at dinner
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i know a good installer who did my place... i just pmed u his infor ....
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Also looking for a hardwood installer.. You got PM! ..
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hi there
I'm actually helping out at a hardwood supply flooring company,

as far as I know they own government-owned factory overseas so they can get virtually the best price.
what kind or color of flooring are you looking for? i can let you know on the flooring installer deall too ~
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i've done tons of installs, just a few tips...........

- if you plan to live there, spend the extra money and get engineered rather then laminate.
- thicker is supposed to be better (12mm), however i gota say its not as easy to install compared to a 10mm. i did a home that was 10mm and it was a breeze

- the type of hardwood you want is thin and long, comes in one colour, then you dye it the colour of your choice afterwards. everything else is garbage. i've done tons of installs, that type is the best (its been a long night i forgot what the type is called)

- overtime the joints will come apart when the house moves, i find that the flat+wide+short type comes apart the easiest

theres tons of other stuff but floating floor is probably the easiest install you can do. when i enter homes i do see gaps though just because the quality of flooring isn't that good
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Hanco on bridgeport has a good variety of hardwood.

I recently heard of a horror story locally about Shaw engineered hardwood, IIRC it was at a restaurant where they have fluctuation of the indoor temp caused the wood to crack. Honestly don't know that much about the story though, mom just brought it up at dinner
have heard something about leaving extra room when installing hardwood floor since they expend due to temperature change ... maybe it's beacuse of that ?
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if your flooring shrinks/expands after install it's because it wasn't able to aclimatize to the house first....it should be loaded and let sit in the house for a few days before it's installed
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^ that actually made a lot of sense, thanks for the advice .. thinking about installing laminate floor myself in the summer time ...
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