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#1 posted 09-13-2012 09:59 PM

to compare apples to apples, you can get unfinished 3/4” solid hardwood for around $3/sq ft (usually). If depending on whether your price is per linear ft or board ft, you may not be saving as much as you think.

When you’re talking about engineered flooring, that’s going to be finished, so you’d have to figure out costs to finish your floor (you’ll need to sand it, so sander rental, pads, etc.) plus the finishes. if you stain then seal it’s going to be more. This is before you even get into the cost of your time.

Last, if these are cutoffs, how long are they? A bunch of short segments of flooring is not going to look good across a larger span. I can’t really think of any way that this makes sense to me.

We bought some flooring from lumber liquidators a couple years ago, so I get emails & catalogs from them all the time. They always have some sort of special purchase item that you can get really reasonable – like solid prefinished hardwood for $3/sq ft, etc.

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