(Closed) Hardwood, Engineered Hardwood, or Laminate

posted 7 years ago in Home
  • poll: What type is best:
    Real Hardwood Floors : (27 votes)
    41 %
    Engineered Hardwood Floors : (12 votes)
    18 %
    Laminate : (27 votes)
    41 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Okay, I’ll speak first as an interior designer and then as a home owner. As a designer, yes, hardwood adds more value to your home and is gorgeous. As a home owner, we put engineered hardwood into our condo. Our cats scratched it to heck where they would “push off” at their favourite running spots (top and bottom of the stairs). Engineered hardwood can only be sanded and refinished once or twice. In our new house, we put down laminate. I love love love love love it. It’s resilient, the price point is good, and heck, it’s come a long way since it was first made! If you want to have a more pure hardwood look but want the durability of laminate, look at a company called Torly’s. I swear you would NEVER know it’s not real hardwood. Armstrong is also pretty good, but I prefer Torly’s. That stuff is going ALL over my house when we renovate, it’s worth the money!!!

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I opted for laminate. I have lived in houses with all three and laminate is the easiest to take care of. Hardwood, to keep it looking nice requires a lot of upkeep. I have really nice laminate in my condo to the point that people think it is engineered hardwood flooring.

    fyi though, laminate still traps mosture. That is why I opted to have tile for my entrance way, bathroom, kitchen and dinning room. I wouldn’t recommend it for a kitchen or bathroom.

    Post # 5
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    5671 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I have to say hardwood if your budget allows. Especially if you have dogs, they are easy to clean and easy to maintain and add a significant value to your house. Laminate, at least in the market in our area, doesn’t sell as well and can hinder resale. Also if it isn’t put down right it can bubble. We finished ripping up the laminate in our house last night and the hardwood floor guy will be coming on Friday to give us a quote.

    Post # 6
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    3710 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I have both engineered hardwood and laminate in my home and I will say that the laminate can withstand the beating it takes from my daughter and my dog much better than the engineered hardwood can. However, I like the “look” of the engineered hardwood in larger rooms better. I think that laminate works best in smaller rooms (I did wood laminate in my daughter’s room) and hardwood (engineered or not) works best for larger areas….at least for me.

    To protect from moisture, they sell padding that you place underneath the wood or laminate that not only acts as soundproofing but traps moisture away from the flooring as well.

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’d also say real hardwood if you can do it. The previous owner of our condo put down engineered hardwoods, and the top veneer is not very thick (although they look beautiful). When they moved out, just before closing, they scratched the heck out of several boards (very deep gashes). We asked for and received a flooring credit to fix it. It turns out, however, that the gashes are too deep for those boards to be refinished and we’ll have to replace them. This involves tearing up a bunch of neighboring boards around the scratched boards. It’s a hassle and very pricey.

    Post # 8
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    5273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    We decided on laminate, since we have a golden who loves to run in the house. We LOVE them. Like another poster said, laminate has come a long way, and many laminates look really really pretty!

     

    Post # 10
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    85 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Given that you live in Florida, I would recommend engineered hardwood floors.  Regular hardwood floors have real issues with moisture.  Engineered hardwood look and feel exactly like hardwood and if you go with a high quality (thick wood top layer) then you will be able to resand as much as you’ll need in the lifetime you live in the house.  The amount of scratches on the floor will be the same for hardwood and engineered hardwood.  The harder the wood, the more scratch resistant.  I would recommend looking at the wood hardness scale (forget the exact name) to decide what wood to get.  Resale will be very similar for hardwood and engineered hardwood… it’s still wood.

    I wouldn’t recommend laminate.  Mostly because of resale, but also because high quality laminate is almost as costly as hardwood… although it may be cheaper to install.

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I hate my laminate hardwood floors.  My husband and dog were playing chase in the living room (I know they shouldn’t have) and knocked the lamp off the end table and it took out a chunk of the laminate.  The maid also bumped the end table on the other side while working and off went the lamp and now I have a chunk out on that side.  I have since removed the lamps.

    Then I had moisture build up under the floor around a window.  So the boards began warping.  We had to replace those boards.  We have since fixed the moisture problem too.

    To me for as much money as we spent to put down hardwoods in the living room and dining room it makes me sick.  I know that when we go to resale the house we’ll have to do something about the two spots in the living room where the lamps fell.  I now wish we would have done large tile.  Or real hardwood floors because at least if they were real hardwoods then the scratches and such would just add character to the already aged wood.  The dings in the laminate look terrible against perfect laminate.

    Post # 13
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    1079 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    My parents’ dogs and the remodeling contractor have left huge gashes in their real hardwood floors (bamboo and oak). It was also horrible to refinish – we moved out for three days. Have you considered a floating floor? It’s easier and cheaper to install (and replace) but I don’t know if it works where there is moisture. Interestingly a friend who hates carpet and bought a house full of it says they are waiting to replace their carpet until their kids are old enough not to fall all the time (ie after baby learns to walk). I had tile in a rental house – it was great, especially for dogs. My parents put down travertine in the mudroom – pretty and easy to clean. New linoleums can be done as a floating floor and they’re pretty. (in a modern way)

    Post # 15
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    10851 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @caszos: Judging by your wall colour (although hard to tell based on photos some times), I wouldn’t go with something like a cherry. There’s too much red. I would go with something in a mid-brown range, like a walnut. I think would pick up on the fireplace, still blend well with your existing trim, and warm up your wall colour.

    Post # 16
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    91 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    we JUST (as in, finished 3 days ago) putting in engineered wood.  we couldn’t afford hard woods, and the high-end laminate was just as expensive as solid wood (though would be cheaper to install).  ive been told that laminate will gouge easily with animal nails, and is the lowest on ranking with moisture problems (i live in SC, we know moisture!lol).  engineered flooring came in a price that was doable for us.  plus it looks exactly like hardwood.  the top layer IS hard wood. we floated our floors because we have particle board subfloor (you cant nail anything into particle board…so make sure you know what you have underneath that current flooring). engineered floors actually react BETTER to moisture problems that hard wood, due to the way its manufactured.  you can get the thicker planks that allow for more refinishing throughout the years.  most engineered floors have a 30 year warranty, as long as you install them properly.  We are happy with our so far, and we have a 3 dogs running around, no scratches so far!

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