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Karen3Dlash

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Posted On: 2016-02-16 13:25:40
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Which is better Flooring: Hardwood or Laminate?

I am going to replace my current flooring with either Hardwood or Laminate (except in the kitchen). There are now so many choices to choose from, engineered etc., I need help. I want the flooring to look great and be long lasting with minimal maintenance.

I also have stairs, would you recommend that I use Hardwood/Laminate on the stairs (or is it too slippery) as I am replacing the lino in the kitchen with cushioned lino (unless I hear otherwise) so could do the stairs with it.

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sarah


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3 years 4 days ago

Laminate is the best Choice, specially if you want to achieve a really Cool look that Wood does not have in it natural colors or forms. Specially if this is in a room that does not get much foot traffic. And just to be clear I am talking about today' s than can look just DIVINE :)

But if you are going to floor a room with lots of foot traffic, then Wood would be better since Wood can scrach and be repaired.
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vicentin


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3 years 5 months ago

well it is not somple problem - some draings might work out on this also - try some design with interest - and application ! so would that be one think there is good laminate and also bad hard wood - so very much depends - so from my previous would recomand - alllll of it chitken included - good laminate - light color - depending alos on what or hos walls look a like - send me an email at studiodueorg@yahoo.com ok and let me know - write me a check also hihihihi ok
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vcarroll


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3 years 5 months ago

I love hardwood floors. Please use hardwood on the stairs because anyone rushing up or down them can easily slip. If you still choose laminate consider laying down a runner.
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Karen3Dlash 3 years 5 months ago

thanks!
So I don't need a runner if I use hardwood, just if I use laminate?


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RDK701


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3 years 6 months ago

Laminate is made cheap which I call cheap and the quick fix, Hard wood is nailed not just laying there on foam vapor barrier and in some cases it is glued to the floor is the way to go if possible. Not everyone can afford hardwood. Laminate has been out a while but is still new but when you see a 100 year old house and the hardwood is still in good shape laminate might not rot like hardwood but will bow and come apart at the seams so in the long run it will have to be replaced. You pay for what you get the old saying goes.
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Regal 3 years 6 months ago

RDK701, well we were going to buy Laminate for our 2nd floor.
But after reading your comments and comments by others here as to how much better Wood
is, we are going to go with Wood. Although I still think that todays Modern Laminates, the
high end ones, look amazing.

So you guys going to cost us like $7,000 more in buying Wood in place of Laminate.
Thanks a lot :)
No seriously, I am sure this will be money well spent.

Karen3Dlash 3 years 6 months ago

Way to go Regal, I believe that is where I'm headed as well. I can't believe how helpful
everyone is!


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Tonythehandyman


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3 years 6 months ago

On the stairs you can use Hardwood or Carpet on the plywood. Laminate is very bad for stairs
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Karen3Dlash 3 years 6 months ago

Why is laminate bad and not hardwood on stairs?

atanasiolobo 3 years 6 months ago

Go for Hardwood for all floors and stairs except for kitchen floor. Use non slip type
tiles in the kitchen. If the kitchen area is small you can use high end tiles which will
add value to the house. Hardwood also adds value. I would not go for any type of laminate
if I were you.

Karen3Dlash 3 years 6 months ago

Thanks, thinking Hardwood it is.
I'm not a tile person, too cold, hard and always look dirty.


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Tonythehandyman


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3 years 6 months ago

It is depend on the use of the space.
The Hardwood flooring is good for Houses, Living Room and Family Room. Needs very intelligent usage. The Laminate can be more practical and take much more abuse. It is good for apartment building and basements flooring
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Regal 3 years 6 months ago

We are deciding between Wood and Laminate for the room on our 2nd floor, which room can
be used as Office or Playroom. What do you think about that?

I would love to choose the Laminate which costs like $2 per Sqft vs Wood that costs like
$6 per Sqft, but only if Laminate that we have chosen which has Wood grains on it, if it
looks like Wood to a laymans eye. Thanks.

Boots61 3 years 6 months ago

I agree hard wood in my opinion without a question of doubt is definitively superior to
laminate especially in houses, but moreover I would suggest if you are considering
laminate you should invest in the better quality because I recently had a flood and the
poor quality of laminate installed subsided my floor.

Karen3Dlash 3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, my son's dishwasher did the leak thing and his laminate has swollen in a few places,
so now he is looking at replacement as well.


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reecon


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3 years 6 months ago

Seems the general rule proves true that you get what you pay for. I think in terms of durability and hence, long term value, hardwood is far superior to laminate. I guess the question is whether it is 3, 4, 5 times better as the cost might indicate.
Laminate is kinder to a DIY (at least until it comes to finishing the trim details and getting a truly professional appearance.
Hopefully you are also excluding bathrooms, laundry and another area that has a water damage risk from the install. Although with a water damage that is found quickly and addressed correctly, hardwood would be my choice as being potentially more likely restorable when exposed to water.
Some of the laminate floors are actually more paper compressed with glue under pressure and a photograph finish than actual engineered wood flooring. So even within the laminate world, there is a wide range of quality (e.g., durability, function).
Not sure vinyl (lino?) is best choice for the stairs. How does metal nosing l
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Regal 3 years 6 months ago

reecon, but I have seen some Laminate recently that look better than any Wood.
They are not like anything at all of the Laminate of past.

FYI, we are thinking of getting this Laminate from Lowes that if I show you, you would
b hard pressed to know that it was not Wood when on the floor installed.

reecon 3 years 6 months ago

Some people tell me I look a little like Superman. In fact from certain angles in a dimly
lit room it is hard to tell us apart, but I certainly can't perform like he can.

Regal 3 years 6 months ago

1st, I must say that that is a real funny (in a cool way) analogy toward making your
point. I guess what you are trying to say is that just because Laminate somewhat looks
like Wood, that does not make them same. This point is well taken, given the fact that
Wood can be 200% to 300% and much more than Laminate.

But from functional point of view: what are the real world differences between Wood and
new Laminate? I mean as a layman I can see no difference one they are installed!

Karen3Dlash 3 years 6 months ago

Absolute excluding bathrooms and my laundry is downstairs for now.


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Patrick


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3 years 6 months ago

Hardwood is best,however people use Laminate to avoid high costs.If it is just to "Flip" then depends on market in your area.Don't overbuild in the wrong area.
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Karen3Dlash 3 years 6 months ago

Not flipping, it should be my last home.

Patrick 3 years 6 months ago

Invest in quality :)

Karen3Dlash 3 years 6 months ago

Thank you!


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zack


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3 years 6 months ago

Hardwood is thicker and secures much better to the subfloor then laminate floors. Long term use i will stick with the hardwood floors. Before you secure the hardwood floors down i suggest you tightly secure the sub-floor down to the joists using screws. Most older homes use nails to secure sub-floor to joists making a squicky noise causing the subfloor to lift up and down. Also make sure you allow about a 1/4" space at the beginning and end of the installation . Expansion and contraction of the flooring. Also make sure you install a underlayment beneath the hardwood floor before installation. I prefer the foam rolls rather then the paper. Laminate floors look just as nice but dont secure tight enough to hold up over time. They dont use nails rather connect to eachother like a puzzle.
I hope i answered you question.

zack.
zackshomeimprovement.com
houseproinspection.com
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Karen3Dlash 3 years 6 months ago

Thanks for the details Zack. I find it easier when I know the pros and cons.


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Regal


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3 years 6 months ago

Karen, WOW!
I have been having the same dilemma as you! That is whether you should install Wood floor or Laminate? Given the fact that todays Laminate look so good. Well in fact there are Laminate which have Wood grain/shape and look just as good as Wood but cost half as much to buy and half as much to install!

From my research it seems that todays high end Laminates are so good, that just makes more sense to go with the Laminate. Although I still cant decide myself. But need to decide in the next few days.
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littlerbulk


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3 years 6 months ago

Hi and welcome
As i am a haulage contractor supplying building aggregates such as stone, sand and gravels, i can`t really answer this you would be better asking a Carpenter person or joiner, now if you wanted stone i could help with that one but would my guess would be hardwood it would out last me and you together.
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