Charlie: James in The Heights. He says, “Tom, we’re buying a town house in The Heights in March. And we have about seven weeks to complete our pre move-in projects. And I’m stuck on what kind of flooring to install in about 700 square feet of upstairs bedrooms. It currently has a carpet plywood decking. And we removed the carpet.” He says. “And we’d like to install either natural or engineered hardwood. Any preference on which would be appreciated.”
Tom: I think today, I’d go with the engineered. You have a better finish on there and you don’t have to finish it in place, so you eliminate a lot of the mess with the sanding and the staining and sealing it. So engineered hardwoods, I think, are the best way to go. And the other good thing is, is they are finished on all the sides, so you have less problems with warping and stuff. Although on a second or third floor in those town homes, you probably wouldn’t have too much of a problem.
Charlie: It just depends how high the water rises.
Tom: That’s true.
Charlie: All right.
Now he was looking at one from that flooring wholesaler, with the yellow sign on it.
Charlie: And he said a brand there, he says it got poor reviews. And that’s an engineered wood. So I guess all engineered wood is not equal, obviously.
Tom: No. And there’s a lot of them. That’s why, you really need to go to someone who’s experienced in all the different flooring. Like Texas Floors here in town.
Charlie: Who would that be? Oh yeah.
Charlie: Yeah. That Texas Floors.
Tom: Because they know what’s good and bad. And there’s so many of them out there right now, it’s hard for a person who buys a one time to know the difference. And you can read on the internet, like you know Charlie, until you’re blue in the face. You’re never going to get something that’s actually real. You get a lot of false … it’s like fake news. You’ve got to find the real news in the fake news.
Charlie: Don’t buy fake floors.