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post #1 of 4 Old 09-13-2010, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Solid v's Engineered

I am about to trim out my new house with oak and i am faced with a difficuilt question. Should I use solid skirting and achritrave or engineered. everyone I talk to has a different opinion. if you can enlighten me on the pro's and con's it would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-13-2010, 10:34 PM
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If you are talking about flooring, go with solid Oak and not the engineered crap.

For base boards, molding, door trim, etc. it depends. If the decor is paint grade, go with molded MDF or the like. If you want to have something that looks like wood, go with the solid Oak. All of the engineered stuff seems to have a repeating pattern and LOOKS ENGINEERED.

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yea and watch the humidity with mdf or it grows

Old wood workers never die thay just get dry rot
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-14-2010, 09:26 AM
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The biggest advantage of engineered over solid would be its stability and less tendency to warp or twist. Bad part is unless you caulk and paint the mitered corners can be show tearout. Will it be stained/finished or painted? Also, are you by chance somewhere in Europe? Here we typically call "skirting and architrave" baseboards and trim.

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