Chillin' at CRT on Xpu Ha Beach

Chillin' at CRT on Xpu Ha Beach
How I'd spend every day if I weren't redecorating, cooking, sewing and blogging!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Where's a Woodchuck When You Need One?

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? 

Yes, in case you are wondering I think I'm going nuts.  Which is BAD, woodchucks probably like nuts too.  Last year I started making over our master bedroom and one of the big things on the list is wood flooring.  I was planning to do that sooner or later (hopefully this year.)  But we are currently considering SOONER and while that's awesome, when you get right down to making a decision on the flooring it's not that much fun.  Every article I read on the Internet just creates mores questions and sends me back to the store for more samples and further confusion.

What if I choose the wrong product?  What if it scratches easily or doesn't wear well? This is supposed to be long term, I need to decide correctly because unlike carpet it needs to last more than 5 years. (yes, I hate carpet, nasty stuff)  PLUS I want a product that adds value to our home.

Here's what I have concluded, so far.  If money were no object it would be easy.  If the store wasn't having a installation special for the next 3 weeks that could save me hundreds it would be easier.  Because I'm not sure the product I want falls under the special which could mean another $1000 for installation.  (probably not making that choice) And while I'm sure we are perfectly capable of doing the install ourselves, we really just don't want to take on this project start to finish.  We are already planning to tear out the old carpet and pad and move all the furniture.  Which may be the hard work, come to think of it.

Any suggestions? Real life experience? It will be engineered hardwood,  solid hardwood is just too expensive.  I thought I wanted bamboo, but the bamboo didn't pass the scratch test.

While it needs to be beautiful, I'm thinking durability is a major factor. Hardness rating of 4 or 5.  But it doesn't need to last 100 years and be refinished 7 times, the next homeowner may not even want wood in the master bedroom. So a floating click lock floor that will last 20+ years is probably sufficient, right?

I have to run, time to test more samples.  Which consists of scratching the surface with a sharp object, banging it with a hammer and dropping needle nose pliers tip down on the sample.

I really may need the advice of a woodchuck.  But if you've got any advice I'll take that too!

Just another Manic Monday,


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1 comment:

Maureen said...

Engineered hardwood is the way to go. The best colour choice is medium walnut. You get lots of drama with dark wood but it shows EVERY LITTLE THING! That's the advice I gave my decorating clients. Have fun choosing!