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Will I regret 1/2" or 3/8" engineered hardwood?

11 years ago

I've been looking at engineered flooring for the entire house (75% over crawlspace, 25% over slab) and I need some assistance with the final choices. The DW likes darker floors (eg walnut), but more important priorities are durability and cost. We really like the look of the Shaw Camden Hills in Lasso.

but we're concerned about some of the negative reviews online regarding delamination, etc. Another choice would be the Anderson Dellamano in Hickory Espresso It seems like their construction is about the same, 3 ply + a thinner wear layer, but Anderson supposedly has a better reputation. Some flooring sales people have pushed the even thinner 3/8" Shaw Epic line with the particle board center as a better alternative due the increased hardness and cheaper price. Should I take any of these options off the table? The total cost is important, but we want to do it right the first time. Thanks!

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