(Closed) What do you think about laminate wood floors?

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll: Laminate wood

    Yes

    No

    Maybe

  • Post # 17
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    With 2 kids and a dog and cat it is super easy to clean. 

    Post # 18
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    Sugar bee

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    samibee:  My realtor listed mine as hardwood. He had no idea it was laminate. I eventually noticed and had him correct it. They look really REALLY good.

    Post # 21
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    Worker bee

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    samibee:  I don’t quite understand how laminate flooring depreciates a home.  Laminate flooring aren’t made like they used to and they look as nice as hardwood floors; I guess it’s a matter of preference too.  My Fiance and I have been renovating his parents home since last summer – one room at time and we’ve just finished installing the laminate floor ourselves (well, Fiance did most of the work.)  They look great and unless you’re a floor expert you can’t really tell that it’s laminate!  We absolutely love it and we’re even thinking about going with laminate in the basement of our home.           

    Post # 22
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    Worker bee

    I have them throughout my entire second floor and really like them. My only regret is that we got a high-shine version so it shows dirt easily. I have two huskies, which means I am constantly mopping up their visible drool puddles. >:(

    You could also go the route of ceramic wood plank tiles and you wouldn’t have to worry about warping or possible water damage. If we ever move into another house where we are pulling out carpet, I might try this option.

    Post # 23
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    both laminate and hardwood are better than carpet. Your preference between the two seems to depend on whether you’re more concerned about scratches or water damage. I certainly don’t think that laminate would depreciate a home’s value.

    Post # 24
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    Busy bee

    I voted maybe. They can look good or bad and I prefer hardwood.  However, I did put 400 sf in my old home to replace the carpet downstairs and it was a major improvement.  They looked great.  I say… go for it 🙂

    Post # 25
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I have them in my apartment. I have grown to hate them.

    PROS: look nice, easy to clean, scratch resistant (to an extent)

    CONS: not water resistant, chip/scrape easily

    The water thing is what bothers me the most. It’s so annoying to have to immediately wipe up any water spots from the pets’ water dishes, rain/snow boots, doing dishes, etc. I never realized how often water gets onto the floor until we moved here and I became paranoid about it. The laminate tiles do bubble extremely easily and I’m not sure how effective “special glue” is against this. So far our now 20lb puppy has not scratched the floor with his nails but the floor is knicked and scratched in a few places from relatively lightweight furniture (i.e. no appliances or solid wood pieces) being moved when we first moved in. I wouldn’t install this type of floor myself after this experience and would be reluctant to move into another apartment that had them. 

    Post # 26
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    Bumble bee

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    samibee:  We put it in our home. We also have two dogs and it’s been holding up great! We got hand scraped laminate wood so it looks and feels more realistic. When we were first talking about it the realtor thought it was a great idea, because the property will rise in value in our area regardless. My mother who is also a realtor in Cali saw no problem with the laminate as long as it didn’t look cheap. 

    Post # 27
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

    It won’t depreciate your home value, if you’re upgrading from carpet. I wouldn’t worry about that. Just don’t buy from Lumber Liquidators, there was just an expose on 60 minutes that showed their imported wood contains higher than safe levels of formaldehyde.

    I have them in my apt now and had them in my condo before. Any flooring is going to get damaged over time. It’s just normal wear and tear. You have to maintain/ replace any floor covering over time.

    Post # 28
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    We rented a house for 7 months that just had laminate wood floor installed before we moved in. When we moved out, it was all scratched up… I’m not sure if there’s an easy way to fix the scratches, but refinished real wood floors don’t scratch up as easy as those did (at least that’s what I’ve heard). However, I would choose laminate wood flooring if the house didn’t come with real wood floors, because the real wood just wouldn’t fit in our budget.

    Post # 29
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015 - Haddonfield, NJ

    I’m an interior architect, and I can say as long as they are high quality and look good, you’re fine. People only prefer hardwood because it sounds good, but laminate ages nicely and holds up well. 

    Post # 30
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    Bumble bee

    I have a home with all hardwood. I have considered multiple times ripping it up and getting laminate. The hardwood scratches and dents so easily. I insist my guests take off their shoes because high heels will leave little divots in the wood.

    We are still going back and forth between refinishing the existing floors or replacing them. 

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