Floor Remodel Vent (and opinions needed)

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
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  • Post # 2
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    Helper bee

    I have vinyl wood look planks in my house. They look just like wood and are water resistant. I had prob about 1000 sqft installed for a bit over $4000. These aren’t great pix but it’s what I have on my phone. The one with my cat is a close up. It is ridgey like real wood

    Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    We have Engineered Bamboo flooring and LOVE it! It is very strong and looks beautiful. 

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I voted for engineered hardwood, but it’s really a tie between solid and engineered.  I’d consider the stained concrete if you didn’t think it was sure to crack. 

    As far as solid vs engineered, I think it depends on your overall house.  Is it newer?  Is it older (maybe 40s and earlier)?  How long do you plan to have it?  What materials are the cabinets, counters, windows, etc., made out of?  If it’s a newer house with vinyl windows and modern cabinets and counters, I’d say you can probably go with engineered.  If it’s an older house with wood windows, and more “classic” style finishes in the kitchen, I’d say go with the real wood to stay true to the integrity of the house and ensure it can look nice for a longer period of time.

    If it’s a newer house, I think you can also get away with all carpet, but just be aware of how that might affect the resale value.  If it’s an older craftsman-style house, I’d advise against carpet.

    Just my 2 cents.  But really, I think either solid or engineered would be a good choice.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    My DH does hardwoods for a living.  I’ll try to remember to ask him tonight what he would do.  I know he’s done a few jobs on slabs before and they have turned out great.  I, myself, am not a fan of either carpet or the tile that is supposed to look like hardwood.

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    Bumble Beekeeper

    KristaMay:  I agree with CHristine2809:  except I myself wouldn’t put carpet, either, but that’s me, and it depends how long you plan to live there.  Also, I would look around-we went to a small local business and got SHW for less than Engineered.

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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Laminate is actually more durable than hardwood or engineered hardwood. Also, Pergo has a lifetime guarantee against scratches and stuff. Unless you plan to get the engineered wood with the refinishable top layer, I’d get the solid wood. Although, I’d honestly go with laminate because hardwood scratches so easily. I’ve had personal experience with all 3 types.

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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

     

    KristaMay:  yeah, it can’t be refinished but it (Pergo brand) comes with a lifetime guarantee so if it gets scratched or chipped you don’t have to worry. I’m not sure how the guarantee comes into play if you’re talking about it becoming dull or something. Although, as far as I know, that’s not an issue with laminate. I would imagine laminate would raise the resell value of a house, but I’m not an expert lol. If it were me, I would rather buy a house that had good quality laminate over hardwood simply for the durability of laminate. I was actually told by a flooring guy that engineered hardwood was the hardwood manufacturer’s response to laminate (like their competition).

    Post # 12
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    KristaMay:  You suuuure know a lot about floors! Lol! I’m like you, I research the heck out of stuff. Anyway, our house came with partial EHW and I don’t like them. Maybe they’re the cheapest out there, I don’t know. We get compliments on them all the time! They’re very pretty, but I don’t find them to be durable at.all. If it were me I’d get real hardwood. Though I’ve seen that hardwood looking tile and man oh man would the clean up be sooo easy!! Noooo carpet. It truly holds in all the dirt. I know because I sweep the hardwood we do have once a day and it gets filthy! Of course, I have dogs, but still…

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I don’t have actual real estate data or anything, but personally having laminate in a house lowers its perceived value for me.  I’m looking solely at older homes though, and it’s just weird to me when people replace real hardwoods with laminate in houses like that. 

    But, it depends so much on the quality.  Some laminates are super ugly.  Some are okay.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  Lavender28.
    Post # 15
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    KristaMay:  Have you done a thorough search for your original choice in hardwood? When we did our reno , the company we ordered from went out of business, then someone else told us the same story you got. We searched around and found it at a place called End of the Roll. I don’t know if they are in the US, but if not there must be something like them. They carry end runs, discontinued flooring etc.

    I would even contact the manufacturer directly- not the business or the warehouse (they are likely a wholesaler)- and ask them if they know anyone who still has stock.

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