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Old 07-18-2012, 09:25 AM
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have an opportunity to buy AC flooring "clear" for a very good price (about the same as select). I will need to order it within 2 weeks for the pricing. Thing is, I wasn't even sure if I wanted it on my first floor. I already ordered 1000 sq feet for my second floor master area and hallway.

For those that have this in your house, how does it hold up to first floor foot traffic? It is a little softer than red oak, which we are using in a first floor kids area, but red oak is pretty hard to begin with.

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What wears, the finish or the wood? Some people lay dwon pine.
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If your life style is removing your shoes and no pets then your good. Large or using a few area rugs helps keep the grit away from the finish

Santos Mahogany or Bazillion Cherry is much harder. As hard as the mahogany is my dog has added his claw prints into my wood floors in a few places. I have all tile in the entry side and kitchen areas. Nothing hurts that but don't drop anything.
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I put it in when I redid my place in 06. Still looks great. But, I am only here 5 months a year and it's just my GF, the dog and myself...
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Keep all the floors the same type of wood.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
What wears, the finish or the wood? Some people lay dwon pine.
a soft wood, like souther yellow pine will show dents, gouges from dog claws etc..

we are not the type to remove our shoes (nor are our guests) every time we enter the house.

Afish, that is certainly the look I am after.

I understand there are harder woods, but they are not american Cherry.

I may just wait to see how I like the red oak in the kids playroom and do the remainder of the first floor with that if I like it.
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For the record I'm not a fan of red oak myself. They look good and all just not in my house. My mahogany floors are much darker but I do like the color of afish's floor.
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For the record I'm not a fan of red oak myself. They look good and all just not in my house. My mahogany floors are much darker but I do like the color of afish's floor.
I don't mind red oak in very casual settings, hence the reason for its use in the playroom. Plus it is durable and pretty reasonably priced.

Afish, is the dog full size? I don't see any noticeable markings on the floor from claws.
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Dog is a golden retriever. She does some serious walking, so her nails are kept ground down pretty well.

I would have guessed the cherry is as or near as hard as oak. I put it down, seemed pretty damn hard to me! It amazed me the color(s) it turned when the finisher put the finish on it. It was an interesting project in that it was the first time I ever did random width boards.

Note: unfinished pict was taken before it was sanded, the sun had faded them when they were sitting on the palet for a time before I got it.
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AC is soft, almost as much so as yellow pine. You can get away with it if you use a commercial type finish such as Bonaseal Traffic. Its like armor for your floor.
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I put it in when I redid my place in 06. Still looks great. But, I am only here 5 months a year and it's just my GF, the dog and myself...
And you wear Crocs 24/7.
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I'm trying to decide on a light wood to put in two spec townhomes I am building. Looking for 3500ft2 of something wide and light.

Check out this guy Alex. He buys container full loads and has it milled to his specs www.atozexotichardwoods.com he has almost anything you could imagine and his prices are very competitive.
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Keep in mind AC is very photosensitive, which means the areas exposed to sunlight will darken, some of the exotics are equally as bad if not worse.

Resale down the road is another consideration, AC cannot be lightened, same for the exotics, and the opposite for maple. At least with an oak floor it can be refinished to be lighter or darker.

Another thing to consider when looking at species, especially exotics, is what finishes will bond to the floors, all finishes will not work on every floor.
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I came on this thread this morning to say you guys made me look, without question, there is lots of evidence of the dog nails, but I wouldn't call them scratches. They are only evident if I lay on the floor and look.

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And you wear Crocs 24/7.
Funny you should say that, never could handle the way those things look so I never tried them on. Then one day I tried a pair of their flip-flops, OMG are they comfortable, I have several pair of the flip flops now!
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AC does have issues with color change because of sunlight. That is one reason we went with oak, and I think it is red oak. We put a honey finish on it. We have 3 rat terriers with no issues in claw markings.
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Also consider white oak. Reasonably priced, harder than cherry or red oak. If you can spring for wider, quarter sawn, planks so much the better.

Here's a link to the janka scale. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janka_hardness_test
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