I'm planning to install solid prefinished hardwood for around 1600 sq ft (not on concrete). I can't seem to decide on a brand. Some companies say do not go by the brand and just pick a color and warranty you like. Is that true? I know Mirage is too expensive for me. Mohawk, Bruce and Somerset, Great Lakes are some that have been offered to me.
Then I see some links like this made in china? and I hear Bruce does the same for some of their wood as well. Do I need to worry about this? It is a big investment and I don't want to deal with any hassles later on.
I know each brand has good and bad quality wood. If I go with say 25 years or 50 years warranty ones, can I assume they will be good quality? I know lower quality wood will have more knots etc etc. Is there any benchmark that decides which wood is lower quality? how to tell. Any help is appreciated.