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Old 08-13-2008, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, Austin, Texas
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Forgot to mention the least environmentally damaging options for wood floors are Cork(harvesting does not kill the tree), Bamboo(a grass that matures is 5-7 years), or something with a LEEDs certification.
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Old 08-14-2008, 03:09 AM
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Location: Knoxville, TN
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We had laminate installed in January and I love it.

We used Image Tile and Carpet and I was very pleased.
*The only regret I have is that we chose white quarter round to match our baseboards and it turned out to be too white. Hindsight, I would suggest matching quarter round to floors!
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Old 08-14-2008, 07:37 AM
 
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We had laminate installed in January and I love it.

We used Image Tile and Carpet and I was very pleased.
*The only regret I have is that we chose white quarter round to match our baseboards and it turned out to be too white. Hindsight, I would suggest matching quarter round to floors!

We used white quarter-round as well (it's just pre-primed) and painted it to match our existing baseboards. It looks great. Have you tried painting over it? I don't think it was meant to be left as-is.

Also, yes, pre-engineered floors are "floating," but if you are putting it over a concrete subfloor, it will need to be glued down. You will also need a thicker wood than if it were going over a wood subfloor. We looked at places like Lumber Liquidators, and they had a very poor selection of woods this thickness.
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Old 08-14-2008, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, Austin, Texas
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We used white quarter-round as well (it's just pre-primed) and painted it to match our existing baseboards. It looks great. Have you tried painting over it? I don't think it was meant to be left as-is.

Also, yes, pre-engineered floors are "floating," but if you are putting it over a concrete subfloor, it will need to be glued down. You will also need a thicker wood than if it were going over a wood subfloor. We looked at places like Lumber Liquidators, and they had a very poor selection of woods this thickness.
I don't understand the part about not over concrete subfloors (slabs). I though as long as the manufacturer deemed it a floating floor; that there was a moisture barrier installed; and the subfloor was level you were good to go.
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Old 08-14-2008, 12:08 PM
 
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I don't understand the part about not over concrete subfloors (slabs). I though as long as the manufacturer deemed it a floating floor; that there was a moisture barrier installed; and the subfloor was level you were good to go.

I honestly don't remember the explanation, but we were told the same thing by every place we looked - Lumber Liquidators, Home Depot, Lowe's, and Austin Hardwood flooring. They all explained it, but I can't remember the reason.
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Old 08-14-2008, 12:46 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Don't use Lowes or Home Depot to install your wood floors!

I did, and I later found out they charge almost double of what a smaller flooring company would. They broker it out to various companies too. The one they brokered ours out to did a terrible job.

We used pre-engineered hardwood, and they glued it down. Two years later the wood started coming unglued. Lowes denies all responsibility.
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Old 08-14-2008, 02:09 PM
 
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Don't use Lowes or Home Depot to install your wood floors!

I did, and I later found out they charge almost double of what a smaller flooring company would. They broker it out to various companies too. The one they brokered ours out to did a terrible job.

We used pre-engineered hardwood, and they glued it down. Two years later the wood started coming unglued. Lowes denies all responsibility.
Sounds like they didn't level it properly. I have heard nothing but horror stories about the contractors that Lowe's uses. Not just for flooring but for anything.
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Old 08-14-2008, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Cedar Park
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We have several SF of hardwood (most all of our downstairs). Be careful about what stain you select; the floors we have are a darker color (cherry), very shiny and hard to keep "shiny/clean". You see footprints (oil from bare feet) after a couple of days of cleaning and it drives us nuts. Right after they care cleaned, our floors are very pretty though.
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:55 AM
 
Location: The Republic of Texas
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Larger stores in Austin for flooring:

Floor and Decor
Lumber Liquidators
Lowe's
Home Depot

YIKES!!!!!

Those are the last places to deal with!! Too many middle men, cheap flooring and rarely meet expectations.

Deal with someone, NWFA Certified, not just a member! (National Wood Flooring Association)
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, Austin, Texas
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YIKES!!!!!

Those are the last places to deal with!! Too many middle men, cheap flooring and rarely meet expectations.

Deal with someone, NWFA Certified, not just a member! (National Wood Flooring Association)
I don't trust most of those either.

I was looking for slate awhile back and found what I thought to be some at Home Depot, Lowes, and Floor and Decor that originated in China/India. It turned out to not be slate at all but rather all of them were trying to pass off their mudstone/shale as true metamorphic slate. In other words they will take advantage of consumer ignorance if their competitors are doing the same.

Employee knowledge of the flooring they carry is severely lacking at the big home centers. You can get lucky and find someone who knows their stuff but more often that not you will find someone who only has superficial knowledge.
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