Hard Surface Flooring — Molyneaux Tile Carpet Wood

Hard Surface Flooring - Molyneaux Tile Carpet Wood

Hard Surface Flooring A video interview by Molyneaux Tile Carpet Wood, Pittsburgh

PAULINE: Hi, I’m Pauline Connelly, and I’m here at Molyneaux Tile Carpet Wood, and I’m talking to Wayne Fennis of Ohio Valley Flooring. And Wayne, if I’m trying to choose a wood look, I want a hard surface and I’m trying to choose a wood look, I wonder a lot whether I should go with hardwood, engineered wood, or laminate, and I’m confused about the pros and cons of each product. Can you help me decide?

WAYNE: Hopefully I can. I think, first of all, you need to decide you know which area or room in the house you’re going to be doing. So, if we’re going to be looking at the basement or above-grade applications. If it would be have to be a basement application, I think we definitely want to stick with either laminate or an engineered piece of wood.

PAULINE: That’s great.

WAYNE: But anything on-grade or above-grade, you’re free to use any of the three products that we’re going to talk about here today‑

PAULINE: Okay.

WAYNE: Whether it be solid, engineered wood, or a piece of laminate floor.

PAULINE: Okay, so if I’m deciding what’s the advantages of let’s say solid wood versus engineered wood.

WAYNE: Okay, here in our part of the country, I think our mind, because of our parents’ delusion, before them their grandparents’, we’re trained in this position to think that three-quarter-inch solid piece of hardwood is the only way to go, which we go that way all the time.

PAULINE: Yeah.

WAYNE: That’s not the case anymore. With all these products being prefinished at the factory, an engineered product, if we can get it over the delusion in our minds that three-quarter-inch is better, engineered products bring us a lot of future benefits.

PAULINE: Okay.

WAYNE: Regardless of what part of the home that we’re looking at, and the major reason is stability. It will not grow and swell, shrink and swell like a piece of three-quarter-inch solid.

PAULINE: Okay.

WAYNE: Though we try to think that everyone maintains a relative humidity inside their homes, sometimes with our trains of seasons and with the high humidity that we’re prone to have, we can get some troubles, especially if we go with the wider widths when we get anything over three-and-quarter inches wide. I really think engineered brings solid value to us from a stability and price point.

PAULINE: Okay.

WAYNE: And the looks. When both are down on the floor, no one is going to be able to tell whether it’s three-quarters solid or the three-eight engineered product.

PAULINE: Well, both of them are made entirely of wood, am I not correct?

WAYNE: Correct, without a doubt.

PAULINE: Yeah.

WAYNE: The engineered product, you have the face, which is normally about an eight to three-sixteenth of an inch thick of that particular species that you’re wanting to purchase.

PAULINE: Yeah.

WAYNE: And then, there’s like oak filler in the back for stability, but we are selling more and more engineered product, but we do still sell the majority of the three-quarter-inch solid.

PAULINE: One thing that I’ve heard, I dont know if this is true, is that it’s harder to refinish engineered floors. Is that correct? If you want to refinish it, or with proper care, you do not need to refinish it.

WAYNE: If you would need to refinish it, we can pretty much just go with a rescreening of the product. This product, I think from [unintelligible] can be rescreened three times and normally‑

PAULINE: That’s quite a few times.

WAYNE: Yes, it is, and unless you’re really, really abusing your floor [unintelligible] these all have 25-year warranties. You’re not – With the new linoleum finish, which is like aluminum oxide that keeps the foot off the face, you’re really not going to have to be concerned with that, but if you are, it can be done.

PAULINE: Okay. When you said it’s rescreened versus refinish, what do you mean by that?

WAYNE: What they’ll do, they’ll come in with a sanding‑

WAYNE: On the floor.

WAYNE: And then, they’ll just drift off just the face. And then, we’ll just come in and refinish it..

WAYNE: It isn’t a process where they’re bringing a planer and actually taking like an eight of an inch off.

PAULINE: Okay.

WAYNE: They’re just getting off those surface scratches that the homeowner is probably concerned and bring it back to its brand-new appearance.

PAULINE: Well now that you’ve mentioned scratches, I’ve heard, and I dont know if I’m right, but that wood is a little bit more prone to scratch than laminate. Is that correct?

WAYNE: Yeah, without a doubt. You know, wood is 100 percent natural product, and it will scratch, it will dent, and if you’re concerned with those type of issues‑

PAULINE: Yeah.

WAYNE: If you have pets, if you‑

PAULINE: Active children.

WAYNE: Active children, just an active household, laminate is definitely a product you have to consider. Our products from QuickStep, really where this technology is going, it’s almost lifelike what they’re able to do with their patterns, with their looks compared to the natural product would. This is a product of elegance, and as you can see, it’s micro-beveled on all four sides. It has extremely life-looking characteristics with that holes, the embossing level is quite good. It has an extremely without a doubt the best core in the industry. It’s [unintelligible] are just beautiful. This would resist scratching [unintelligible] decision whether you want the real wood or you want to apply this laminate probably easier to maintain.

PAULINE: Okay, that’s what I’m going to ask, too. If I were to choose, especially with a family that has a lot of pets and kids, one of the big issues is maintenance. What’s easier to take care of? And would you say that the laminate floor is a little bit easier to take care of than the other?

WAYNE: Yeah, I say without a doubt in the sense that it’s not going to show the marking or the traffic that natural wood product would show‑

PAULINE: Okay.

WAYNE: Just overtime. It will keep its existing look forever in the sense of normal household wear and tear.

PAULINE: Okay. Thank you.

WAYNE: You’re welcome.


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