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Old 04-22-2009, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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What is the difference? How do they line up in order of cost, quality, value?
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Old 04-22-2009, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Utah
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Here's my two cents...

Hardwood: Most expensive, nicest looking, most upkeep, warmest, best for resale value.

Wood laminate: Cheaper than hardwood, minimal upkeep, better for high traffic areas or indoor dogs, easier to install.

Laminate: (I'm guessing you mean the ones that look like tile)Cheaper than tile, not as good as tile for resale value, easier on your feet and back if standing for long periods of time in the kitchen with no shoes.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Do not buy laminate. Do not buy Pergo. Oh but the TV ads say Pergo is the best. Yea and I just hit the pick 6 nine consectutive nights in a row.

Here is what makes me crack up. I sell cabinets, have so for 30 years. It never fails that customers walk into my store and first words out of their mouth is I DO NOT WANT ANY OF THAT PARTICLE BOARD CRAP. Yet they have a sample piece of flooring they just bought and brought it in to match cabinet color selections and it is laminate plastic looking junk. Usually Pergo.

Einstien could not explain that one away.

Buy real wood flooring. Look at Bruce Flooring, Armstrong, Mannington and maybe Tarkett are the better brands.
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:09 AM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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There have been amazing improvements over the last few years in laminate flooring - good laminate like Wilsonart (which is expensive) really does look like wood and you can opt for extra cushion under your laminate that will give you solid, quieter floor. However, wood floors will last a lifetime and even a good laiminate floor will last 10 years if you are lucky (despite what the manufactures tell you).

There really isn't much difference in the cost of good quality laminate and wood and the cheap stuff is truly junk....also dogs skid like crazy on laminate.
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Old 04-23-2009, 01:28 PM
 
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But how can you go with real wood if you have dogs? I don't want to hijack the thread, but I too am constantly trying to decide how I want to redo my floors. Dogs with nails are an issue.
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Old 04-23-2009, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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But how can you go with real wood if you have dogs? I don't want to hijack the thread, but I too am constantly trying to decide how I want to redo my floors. Dogs with nails are an issue.
Oak is a hard wood. Dogs nails will not scratch it unless you play ball with them in the house. You can go with a harder wood such as maple which can almost but not quite resist dogs playing ball. Cherry is much too soft to consider. Hickory will be the hardest wood available but too many people do not like the wild display of beautiful colors.
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:27 AM
 
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ok my question is which one of the 3 is the best quality and durability wise plus not so expensive. After all you cant get them changed easily so one has to go for quality stuff.


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Old 04-24-2009, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Utah
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ok my question is which one of the 3 is the best quality and durability wise plus not so expensive. After all you cant get them changed easily so one has to go for quality stuff.
Well, there isn't once choice that incorporates all three of your needs.

I think...

Hardwood is best in quality
Hardwood is best in durability long term because you can sand them and refinish them. But laminate is best if you don't want to deal with the upkeep
laminate is cheapest in price
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Old 04-24-2009, 04:32 PM
 
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But how can you go with real wood if you have dogs? I don't want to hijack the thread, but I too am constantly trying to decide how I want to redo my floors. Dogs with nails are an issue.
We have 80+ year old oak floors and yes they hold up to dogs (and kids and cats and dinner parties.....). We have a low gloss( satin?) finish on the floors and a light stain. My dream is to have dark (ebonized?) glossy floors, but not sure how that look will hold up with our lifestyle.
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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Good quality laminate is about the same price as hardwood.
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