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    Laminate hardwood flooring ?

    Has anyone on here had this in their home ? Pro and Con's of it. Which is better and did you do it yourself or hire a pro to do it.

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    Re: Laminate hardwood flooring ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFAN80 View Post
    Has anyone on here had this in their home ? Pro and Con's of it. Which is better and did you do it yourself or hire a pro to do it.

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    We have it in our house and so far like it. We went the laminate route because it was cheaper obviously and it is a house we don't plan on staying in forever. However after having it now for over 3 years I wouldn't hesitate putting in our new house when we decide to actually pull the trigger and build it. We have noticed with our two young kids that it is very durable.

    Biggest drawback is it doesn't handle areas that get real wet often.

    We had a guy install it as I had no interest in doing it myself. It looks like hardwood but when you look closely you can tell it's laminate but all in all it looks nice.



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    Re: Laminate hardwood flooring ?

    I thought about doing it myself, but after talking with the guy we bought the flooring from he said it would take about 3 days I said the hell with that. 3 days for a pro figures a week for me or longer.



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    Re: Laminate hardwood flooring ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFAN80 View Post
    Has anyone on here had this in their home ? Pro and Con's of it. Which is better and did you do it yourself or hire a pro to do it.

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    http://www.cyclonefanatic.com/forum/...-laminate.html

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    Re: Laminate hardwood flooring ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFAN80 View Post
    I thought about doing it myself, but after talking with the guy we bought the flooring from he said it would take about 3 days I said the hell with that. 3 days for a pro figures a week for me or longer.
    3 days for a pro? You must have a ton of footage. Our guys do about 500 sq ft a day with the right layout. If you have a few proper tools and are mechanically inclined, it's probably the easiest flooring to do yourself.

    As far as benefits, laminates tend to be more dent resistant and scuff resistant than real hardwood floors. They can also be installed over other flooring, providing that it is level and you have the height for it (can still open doors, appliances still fit properly).

    The downside, once it's worn out, it's done. The very cheapest laminate floors do not perform as well as the ones just a step or so up.



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    Re: Laminate hardwood flooring ?

    BTW- the post above assumes that you mean laminate flooring, as opposed to engineered hardwood flooring, which is multiple layer construction with a real wood wear surface.



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    Re: Laminate hardwood flooring ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    3 days for a pro? You must have a ton of footage. Our guys do about 500 sq ft a day with the right layout. If you have a few proper tools and are mechanically inclined, it's probably the easiest flooring to do yourself.

    As far as benefits, laminates tend to be more dent resistant and scuff resistant than real hardwood floors. They can also be installed over other flooring, providing that it is level and you have the height for it (can still open doors, appliances still fit properly).

    The downside, once it's worn out, it's done. The very cheapest laminate floors do not perform as well as the ones just a step or so up.
    that may be true, but with real hardwood the scratches and scuffs can be corrected; if the picture on the laminate is damaged, you're SOL



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    Re: Laminate hardwood flooring ?

    We have had Alloc laminate flooring in our kitchen /dining area for 10 years. Love it. VERY tough and you have to look hard to find a scratch. I'm not super handy but after watchig it installed I would not be afraid to install it in a square room. Put a good pad under it and it has a softer feel and will make it quieter.



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    Re: Laminate hardwood flooring ?

    I'm going to replace some laminate in the next few weeks that was water damaged. I have been really pleased with the laminate in my house and even if I build a house I'd probably put it in over hardwood because it's so easy to install and so much cheaper.




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    Re: Laminate hardwood flooring ?

    Check out Pergo flooring. We've had it for over 15 years in our kitchen. Wears extremely well and easy to clean. Pretty easy to install yourself.



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    Re: Laminate hardwood flooring ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFAN80 View Post
    Has anyone on here had this in their home ? Pro and Con's of it. Which is better and did you do it yourself or hire a pro to do it.

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    PROS
    Cheaper
    Looks Nice
    Comes in variety of colors and sizes.
    Easy to install
    Doesnt scratch like real wood if you have pets.

    CONS
    Cheaper
    If you walk on real wood and then laminate you can def tell the difference. you can feel the thinness and lightness of it.



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    Re: Laminate hardwood flooring ?

    Not a bad product to use, but I prefer bamboo flooring for just a little more money. It's also very easy to install, wears great, and looks better.



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    Re: Laminate hardwood flooring ?

    This may not apply for you, but if you are laying laminate on concrete (which is usually always the case down here since mostly everything is concrete slab construction), spend the extra money get a high quality vapor barrier for under the laminate. The cheap vapor barrier makes the laminate very noisy when it is walked on.

    Also if installing on concrete, and the slab has noticeable depressions or bumps, take the time to fill in/smooth down those spots. I didn't do that the first time I installed laminate, and I've got some creaky spots.


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    Re: Laminate hardwood flooring ?

    Quote Originally Posted by jbhtexas View Post
    This may not apply for you, but if you are laying laminate on concrete (which is usually always the case down here since mostly everything is concrete slab construction), spend the extra money get a high quality vapor barrier for under the laminate. The cheap vapor barrier makes the laminate very noisy when it is walked on.

    Also if installing on concrete, and the slab has noticeable depressions or bumps, take the time to fill in/smooth down those spots. I didn't do that the first time I installed laminate, and I've got some creaky spots.
    Echo the part of filling in depressions. My brother put down laminate in his rec room himself. Don't think it took him that long. But he didn't fill depressions and has a couple spots where the floor "pops"

    Another buddy installed it in his house. I don't think it's that big of a deal.

    I just installed snap-in linoleum flooring, very similar. Only about 125 sq/ft, but it pretty much took the whole day. Alot of odd angles and stuff. If you have a pretty straight forward room - should be pretty easy



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    Re: Laminate hardwood flooring ?

    i have it basically on my whole 1st floor minus the bedrooms-came that way when we bought the house. not bad, but if i were building my own i would go with real wood. i'm a little biased as a former carpenter-real wood just looks nicer, plus i have a good friend that lays real wood floors for a living.

    laminate is easy to clean, dent resistant, etc, but you can tell it is not the real thing



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