It is ridiculous how much time I spent thinking, worrying, and trying to pick the perfect flooring. As if such a thing exists. And even if it did, it wouldn’t stay perfect for long in this house. But I’m pretty sure all our effort in searching for the perfect floor paid off. We went for dark brown, wide plank, oak, engineered hardwood floors. They are from Build Direct and are the Jasper Engineered Hardwood Floors in Mesa Brown (here). Even though we’ve just started on the install, we already think they are dreamy.
Initially we were debating between unfinished hardwoods finished on site, prefinished hardwoods, or engineered hardwoods. Since I last shared my flooring dilemma, I got more samples. A lot more samples. Side note: Build Direct says you get 5 free samples but I ordered 5 free samples time and time again without a problem, which was so necessary to seeing my options. These are just some of the samples we got.
We ended up narrowing down our choices to engineered hardwoods for several reasons. One reason is because we decided to lay them on top of our existing hardwoods (and plywood subfloor in random spots). The engineered hardwoods we chose allow other hardwoods to be used as the subfloor. Also, they are 9/16″ thick which is better for not adding too much height to the room. But even choosing between the engineered hardwoods was tough. We are such picky floor pickers! We wanted floors with some character but not too much. Matte but not too dull. Character but not too crazy. Engineered floors but a thick enough wear layer so that the floors could be refinished in the future. Not too soft so we wouldn’t dent them up in a half a second. Longer than the average pre-finished length. And on and on and on.
So many of the flooring samples we got were too shiny, too plastic. Check out this comparison with a bright light shining on both floor samples – the one on the left was like so many of the samples we received and the one on the right is the floor we chose.
For my top contenders, I tested the finish by scratching them with a knife and dropping various tools on them because, you know, that kind of thing happens around here a lot. Some had finishes that just chipped right off. Others were too smooth so that any scratch was super obvious. Those were a no go.
On our very last sample order before I thought about giving up, we found our floor which is matte, wide planked (hello faster install), has great variation but isn’t crazy, and a thicker wear layer. Once the sample showed up, it was the clear winner.
So now we’re onto install and we are working our way into the kitchen in hopes of actually having a kitchen again someday.
I’ll do a separate post about install, but so far it has been pretty straightforward. It is so fun to get a sense of how our whole main floor will look once it is finished.
Anyone else go through the endless rounds of samples before making a decision? Or just about give up before finding what you were looking for all along? Eek, can’t wait to get more of the floors done! But oh yeah, that will have to wait until we get back from a long weekend vacation with friends – the suspense…