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

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  • Post # 46
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I prefer hardwood, but we have two dogs and I couldn’t bear the thought of spending that much money and having them destroy it with their claws. We have laminate and tile throughout our main floor and I’m very happy with it. We got actual Pergo laminate which has held up super well. I don’t think I’ve seen a stain or scratch on it (knock on wood!) and we’ve had it over 2 years.

    Once when I was painting the walls in our living room one dog got through the gate and walked right through my paint tray. Even that came off the laminate! lol

    Post # 47
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

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    samibee:  I’m not sure if the previous owners of our house installed them on their own or if they had a professional do it, but it looks professional! I definitely think it’s worth hiring someone for a project like that if you’re not confident in your skills. Peace of mind!

    ETA: I also had no idea that cheaper laminate was so susceptible to water damage. Our laminate extends throughout our entryway/foyer and we’ve been tracking in melting snow all winter. I almost always let it air dry (oops), but it hasn’t shown any signs of wear or damage. We also have it in our downstairs half-bath, so far so good.

    Post # 48
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    samibee:  We are currently having the great flooring debate at my house!<br /><br />

    We have hardwood laminate throughout the foyer, dining room, and kitchen. I absolutely HATE them. There aren’t words strong enough for how much I hate them.

    **In all fairness, I will point out that we’ve been in our home 7 years, and they were installed by the previous owner. Not sure how long they were in before bought, I house was built as a spec house so many things are builder grade. I’d say probably 10 years.**

    I’m sure the age of them has something to do with it, as they probably aren’t the greatest quality and I’m sure it’s much improved over the last 10 years. They’re a light color and they NEVER look clean. I’ve tried every product/technique known to man and they always look streaky (is that even a word? lol). We have two large dogs, while I will admit they don’t scratch them up, there are *plenty* of knicks and dent/gouges from the previous owners. Additionally, many of the “boards” are separating and in our kitchen area, primarily in high-traffic zone, have gaps between them. They also warp very easily from water. Having two dogs means there is always water around.

    I want to rip it all out and do hardwood, DH wants to rip it all out and new hardwood laminate. He insists the dogs will destroy hardwoods – but I don’t want to waste money on lamniate and be as unhappy with them as I am now. I’ve agreed to go look at some, but I’ll only consider the dark color and hand-scraped as I feel like they’ll be more forgiving looks wise.

    Our friends built a new home last year and did hardwood laminate throughout their entire house. Within 6 months they had major warping from the dogs water bowl, despite it being on top of a mat and cleaning up spills right away.

    Post # 49
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    i have hard wood floors and a dog and no problems.

     

    Post # 50
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

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    IzzyBear:  it is sooooo pretty! It took us forever to decide on which kind of go with and my fiance ended up picking this one and i love it! Everyone compliments us when they see it! I can’t wait to finish the rest of the house in it – we only got 2 bedrooms done last fall. Waiting for warm weather so we can get back at it! 

    Post # 51
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    My experience is that only the most expensive laminate survives being cleaned regularly. Even a few drops of liquid can destroy cheaper laminates. Plus, if you’re going to get the most expensive laminate, you may as well just shell out for hardwood. I have pets and we’ve never had any problems… it’s much nicer and more hard wearing IMO!

    Post # 52
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Absoutely.  I’ve seen some that look amazing.  And with the bonus of no maintenence and practically scratch resistant?  Yes please!!  I really love the look of ‘wood’ ceramic tile which I think would be even more durable.

    Post # 53
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    amberback:  we had a hard time picking too! I showed my husband the stock photo online and he didn’t like it, but when we got to the store and saw it in person we both loved it. We still stood there staring at the wall of laminate for like and hour before we decided on it though haha.

    Post # 54
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    starfish0116:  it probably does have everything to do with quality. Low grade laminate is pretty awful! Also, I’d advise against any type of laminte or wood flooring in areas near water (i.e. kitchen and bathrooms). Hardwood will warp because of water as well. The hardwood floor that we replaced was warped and water damaged because the previous owners kept potted plants in some spots. Not saying hardwood isn’t nice, but definitely go look at all your options and research a lot.

    Post # 55
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

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    crazyventures:  +1 on the Lumber Liquidators thing. I was just about to post the same warning. 

     

    Otherwise, OP, if you like it, go for it. If you ever sell, flooring is easy enough to replace if it doesn’t suit the buyer’s taste. 

    Post # 56
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    We have laminate and a big sloppy water drinking dog… he would have ruined my hardwood by now.

     

    it is also so much eaiser to clean.

    Post # 57
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I have a dog that loves to run around, and the laminate is awesome!  We redid our dining room and living room with real hardwood and it’s all scratched after only 6 months.  The laminate lasts and looks great.

    Post # 58
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    Busy bee

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    samibee:  there are a lot of depending factors. If you live in a high end area and are planning to sell, not so good. It works well for us to sell b.c we have a starter home where laminates are very popular. It it very durable for us and our 2 dogs. It is a HORRIBLE choice if u have animals that are not potty trained or if you have other water problems. Our fish tank broke and we had to replace half of it because it worped. But it water has to sit for a littl while to soak in. The pic below is after we replaced it, but half in this pic is brand new and half is 2.5yrs old. So it maintains very well, you cant tell old vs new!

    We love it and it was a great choice for us. Just make sure and get a high quality one that is thicker mm. 

    Post # 59
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We have hardwood but I have no problem with laminate.  SSomething to bear in mind as you said you have dogs: our dog is getting the wrong side of middle age now, and the floor makes things a lot more difficult for her when she’s having a day where her legs are a bit stiff.  Plus we  she comes in from walks with wet feet,  she has been known to go round a corner too quick and slid straight into doors/walls.  Were now having to invest in lots of rugs for her so she doesn’t skid about everywhere and end up hurting herself,an when it’s colder she tends to get a lot more stuff after lying on the cold floor.  (she has dog beds everywhere but still insists on the floor!) 

    On the plus side, it’s super easy to clean, and when it’s hot outside the floor really helps to keep her cooler.  

    Post # 60
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    So for those who have purchased laminate recently, where did you get yours? Did you go through a home improvement store or a private flooring store? How did you decide on a brand? I’ve hard horrible things about places like Lumber Liquidators. On the flip side when I check out home depot and lowes online I read tons of bad reviews. It’s like a no win?

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