This was a fairly simple choice. There are many elements of modern country in this house. A ‘weather beaten country oak’ seems like the befitting name of flooring.
The key to any floating floor is good padding. For this project we used QuietWalk Padding made from recycled clothing. The material was very difficult to cut with a box cutter or blade. However a heavy duty sewing scissors cut through it like butter. Vapor barrier is attached to the underside of very thick felt like blankets. This padding really dampens the hallow sound that goes with laminate installation.
Lumber Liquidators is our choice of supplier. Their have a huge modern current selection of today’s flooring. Our choice of Weather Beaten Country Oak laminate Made in the USA displays saw teeth grains with modern rustic looks. The first cut of a log at a saw mill is with huge saw blades that normally leaves heavy marks. This laminate takes on those saw marks visually and texturally. It feels rough, non slippery under your feet but still very smooth to caress the feet. Woven complex oak strands makes this flooring a stunner.
Seamless installation is always challenging. Making every room marry into the next room is always a very tedious task. However with patience and meticulous attention to details the daunting task of seamless floor was achieved. End caps were placed along sliding and exterior doors. Transition strips were used to marry tile surrounding fireplace.
Countless hours on my knees paid off for a seamless floor. Next, carpet upstairs and kitchen installation. I can see the light shining at the end of this project.