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    Re: Need source of hardwood flooring in WNC

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfpacker View Post
    I prefer to have unfinished flooring installed since we can do it before moving in, but the wife likes the pre-finished as it will take less time and make less dust. I personally don't like the look of pre-finished with the beveled edges, but I could have lived with it had we found a house with it already installed. I know the finish on pre-finished is typically more durable than post finish, but I think it tends to be more "shiny" also, maybe not. Some brands of pre-finished supposedly have smaller bevels and thus don't show the lines as much, but until it's down on the floor, I don't think you can be sure of that.

    I would try and set up some blower fans to exhaust air out of windows during the installation to try and cut down on the dust left in the house. There is a whole house attic fan in the home, but I wouldn't want to fill up the attic with sawdust !!

    I have no experience with them, but there are lots of "dustless" refinishers out there nowadays, might be worth a look

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    Re: Need source of hardwood flooring in WNC

    We close on the new home on Thursday. Friday, I'm having various contractors come by to provide estimates on things, including the hardwood flooring. We've decided to put in 3.25" white oak with a gunstock stain. Anyone know of any issues with white oak or the width. Wider boards cost more and may tend to cup more over time....or so I'm told.

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    Re: Need source of hardwood flooring in WNC

    In the Asheville area, I laid our floor using 3 1/4 " solid white oak, #1 common, oil based poly finish. We keep our house open maybe 2/3 of the year and thus far no cupping in the 4 years it's been down. I saw a house recently in our area with 4" white oak, windows open a lot of the year and cupping was pretty bad, as in WOW a LOT of cupping. Made me think that if I used 4" it would need to be rift cut or quarter sawn white oak. Never checked that pricing but...

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