(Closed) Hardwood Floors!

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 4
305 posts
Helper bee

 i would suggest getting yourself the cheapest grade carpet (in the areas you want hardwood)from the homebuilder installed. all while getting an estimate from a floor person as to how much hardwoods would cost.  and then either getting it done after closing, or figuring it all out yourself and doing it yourself.  that way you get what you want. 

Post # 5
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

what was in your contract? i mean if they are contracted for natural hardwood then thats what they have to supply

Post # 7
1944 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We built our home as well and if there was something that they only offered and we did not agree we could have it installed/completed ourselves by our own contractors. Meaning you could go to Lowes and have them install the flooring you want during the same time frame they would install the floors. I am being honest here and saying once you are done building you will NOT want to do any additional work. Floors are a bitch. We replaced our carpet within the first year. Get it done right, the way you want it the first time. You don’t like their options, go outside of them. My inlaws are staining their floors in their cabin right now and it is a process not to mention the dust that accumulates. I would seriously think that one through.

Post # 8
1568 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would not get engineered hardwood if this is your forever home. Engineered hardwood can only be refinished so many times, where hardwood you can do so as you please. I took like the franular look of real wood, and I like that it doesn’t have the same man made pattern as laminate or those cremaic looking wood patterns.


Post # 9
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@nickels:  She is right. The engineered isn’t as thick so it can’t be refinished as many times. We bought a house that was covered in carpet. We tore it out and there was beautiful hardwood. Fiance and future Father-In-Law refinished it together. It was intense but I LOVE it! 

Post # 10
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010


First off, I hate the smooth glossy look as well. Not a fan. It’s flooring I don’t need to see my reflection in my floor.

Secondly, my husband has worked in flooring for over 12 years and we are going with engineered laminate. The one we are going with is actually just as thick as hardwood, same width as hardwood and in 6′ planks. And it’s more durable than hardwood. With a dog and a child on the way durability and maintenance is a huge concern. The style we are going with is not shiny and has the grainy look in a non repetitive pattern.

So not all laminate are created equal.

That being said, I think if you signed a contract with solid oak hardwood you should fight for the solid oak hardwood.  The other thing is there IS a price difference between solid and engineered hardwood. Are they crediting you the difference if you opt for their new selection?

Post # 11
368 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I agree with previous poster that engineered hardwood can only be refinished a couple of times, whereas regular hardwood can be refinished more.  That being said, we have regular hardwood floors and our dogs beat them up.  I’m personally a fan of tile, but I know that I’m the minority.  At the end of the day, you are making a significant investment on this house, get what you want and can reasonably afford.  I also agree with previous poster, that once you move into a house, making a flooring change is a HUGE inconvenience, so try and get what you want now if you can afford it. 

Post # 12
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re house hunting now and one of the homes we really like has site-finished hardwoods on the entire main floor.  It has that very smooth look because you don’t have all the seams like the pre-finished hardwoods and I really love it.

Post # 13
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Yeah, I’d be miffed. Is your builder willing to be flexible at all? Honestly, if we were building new, we’d prefer something a bit more green/easily renewable, like bamboo or cork.

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