Post # 31
It depends. We have (fairly cheap) laminate in most of our house (part of downstairs and all upstairs). It was there when we moved in and it was in relatively good shape, so we left it, but what floors we did tear up we replaced with hardwood, which I like much better. It wouldn’t stop me from buying a particular house, especially if it was high quality laminate (which, like I said, ours is not), but I wouldn’t necessarily put it in myself unless cost was really a huge factor. I would still choose even cheap laminate over any kind of carpet, since I have allergies.
Post # 32
Anything other than carpet. Laminate, wood, even tile would be ok.
Post # 33
I can’t speak strictly for laminate but I have solid wood flooring all over my home in the UK save for the kitchen and bathrooms. I can’t bear carpet as it never feels clean (no offence intended). I’m not a germophobe but I like knowing I could eat my dinner off my floor if I needed to, which thankfully I never do! I’d take laminate over carpet any day but you could always accessorize with rugs if it felt too bare.
Post # 34
We have laminate in our entryway and kitchen/dining room area. Personally I’m not a fan of it for visual sake, I’d prefer the original oak floors underneath, but they are easy to keep clean and other people seem to like them so long as they are done correctly. I’m hopefuly to one day rip off the laminate though and redo the wood floors. Or not, idk I’m not that attached to this house so I don’t want to put much work into it…
Post # 35
I’ve had hardwood floors in all of my homes (except one with bamboo) and I love it. So easy to keep clean. But I will take anything (tile, Lino, laminate, even finished concrete) so long as it isn’t carpet. I can’t abide carpet.
The new laminates come in some gorgeous patterns and they are great for scratches which are a hassle with hardwood.
Post # 36
I am looking to buy a house with laminate wood so thanks for this thread! Glad to hear that so many people like it.
Post # 37
If you get high quality laminate, you will love it. If you go with bargain stuff, you’ll hate it.
If you get pad attached good quality stuff and are reasonably handy (can use a table saw) you can do the install in a few weekends. Ripping out the carpets is worth paying for in my book. If you won’t be reusing the current trim; I would hire an expert for that.
We helped a friend diy some about 6 years ago. 2 kids 2 dogs and a cat. It still looks great. He researched pretty thoroughly and then tried to destroy the samples for the top three choices. The survivor got chosen.
I did tile look laminate in my old kitchen. It held up well. But it was a bear to install as I did not get the kind with the pad attached. (Always get the pad attached, even if you are hiring it out. A pro will charge more for the @##$$%& hassle.)
Also, I would research any imported laminate carefully; some off gas dangerously high levels of formaldehyde.
Post # 38
What do you hate about ripping out carpet? Lol!
Post # 39
Oh my husband is the one ripping out the carpet lol. I attempted to help him and the dust from the foam underlayment was disgusting.
Post # 40
- Wedding: May 2016 - Winery
Make sure you research what type of laminate you’re using if you’re going to use it. 60 Minutes recently did a story on Lumber Liquidators and most of the laminate flooring they sold had really high levels of chemicals in them and wasn’t up to health and safety standards.
Post # 41
There’s no way my new laminate depreciates my house more than the 80’s carpet that was in it. That’s crazy. Realtors will tell you that every house needs to have real wood floors and granite countertops. Sure, it’ll make the house easy to sell, but you’ll never get your money back if it’s a normal house worth less than half a mil.
Post # 42
I think the key there is “high quality”. There are different grades and the cheap stuff is CHEAP! Did anyone happen to see 60 Minutes recently where basically most of the stuff by Lumber Liquidators emits high amounds of formaldehyde? Scary!
Post # 43
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
We’re putting it all throughout our house except for in the bathrooms… avoid ‘wet rooms’!! And make sure to clean up spills immediately!
Plus, they’re soo easy to install if you have the tools.
Here’s pictures from the 2 rooms we did so far. (Visconti Walnut from Pergo Max line at lowes)
https://instagram.com/p/uee9lOCSHe/?modal=true (in progress)
and here is an ‘up close’ of the detail https://instagram.com/p/xE9lXKiSLl/?modal=true
Post # 44
we replaced the hardwood (it was damaged by the previous owner) with laminate and we love it! We have a dog and hardwood scratches too easy. We made sure we got a really high quality laminate so it looks and sounds like hardwood. I’ve received nothing but compliments on it.
This picture shows the difference. Note: the decor in the top pics is the previous owner’s stuff lol
Post # 45
we have the same laminate!!! Isn’t it amazing?! Everyone loves the color 🙂