Post # 61
I have to side with the hardwood folks. Almost without exception, I can tell by the feel of them under foot (there’s a certain resonance with laminate). Also, almost all hardwoods can be refinished if scratched (obviously those that are severely damaged/worn cannot) and/or restained. I even have hardwood in my kitchen and no issues with water or the like. Laminate floors are a big drawback when I look at houses to purchase. All I can think of is that I’m going to have to rip them out and put hardwood in.
But if you have a preference for laminate and you don’t plan on moving in the near future, then put what you’d like in YOUR house! 🙂
Post # 62
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
we got ours from lowes, pergo max visconti walnut. it seemed much better than the other options we looked at. Not all colors of the same line are created equal! look at the thicknesss and the locking mechanism. Some seemed really flimsly even though they were the “same” just a different color.
Post # 63
We had laminate in our last house, real wood now. I love the real wood and the option to have it refinished–we went from light to dark. I’m sold for life on real wood!
Post # 64
Edit: we have over 300 Pounds of dogs and have not had a problem with our hardwood. But laminate is way better than carpet. I’d buy a house with laminate and live with it, if it had carpet it’d be ripped up immediately.
Post # 65
- Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman
Our house came with very cheap laminate in the living and dining room and immediately I thought this floor needs to go but surprisingly everyone tells us how much they love our “Wood floors” lol. There is a spot where the roof leaked at one point where the laminate is damaged, and I do want to replace it still eventually, but to be honest it’s so great for pets and kids that we would probably just upgrade to a higher quality nicer looking laminate in the future.
Post # 66
Our house came with laminate on the first floor and it actually looks pretty nice. Many family and friends have complimented it. We plan on replacing it with hardwood at some point but for now it’s just fine.
Post # 67
My parents have laminate and I have some laminate in my house as well…it’s probably not the most expensive laminate in the world and in my opinion it’s just okay because it seems pretty plasticky. Someone else mentioned that dogs could have difficulty getting footing on laminate flooring, so that’s something I would think about before purchasing it, unless you’re getting a more premium laminate that doesn’t have that problem. My lab puppy can’t get footing on the laminate and is constantly sliding into things, and neither can my mom’s golden retreiver and chihuahua. However, I stress that I’m not sure how premium laminate behaves.
I grew up in a house with hardwood and we had hardwood and dogs, and they never did any damage except for the one time my parents had a puppy that they thought was potty trained, but had picked a spot to pee under a table. Because of this, the floors needed to be sanded/restained, but it would’ve completely ruined laminate.
I would recommend not putting laminate in the bathroom, as I would say that it will warp even with the best of glues.
Post # 68
we got ours from Lowes for two reasons. 1. We wanted Pergo and they carry it and 2. my step-dad works there so we got a discount lol. We had the Lowes guy install it and he did a great job!
Post # 69
There are several types of laminate, and some are better than others. We recently put a higher quality laminate down in our kitchen, dining room and foyer. I didn’t want to go with real wood because 1) the laminate would take a better beating with our dogs and 2) I’ve had wood floors before and they were a huge pain for me to keep up/clean/wax/etc. The laminate we used has an actual texture to it – similar to hand-scraped wood. Personally, I’d rather have that over carpet – except in the bedrooms. I like carpet in the bedrooms. 🙂
Post # 70
I had my Pergo floors ripped out and have stained concrete now. I LOVE it and wish I had done it years earlier. The Pergo floors require a sub-floor, so all my baseboards had to be lowered a few inches and I had to completely repaint every freaking room. The wood laminate floors were so loud too! I’ll never do wood laminate again.
My friend did her floors with sealed cork. They look awesome, are durable, waterproof, and quiet.
Post # 71
As far as Lumber Liquidators, that claim was only for laminate made in China. My parents bought laminate from them and it’s gorgeous. I already had an order in with them for laminate when the story came out. My laminate was made in Austria so we are ok. Installing soon.
Post # 72
I like both. I do like laminate because its more scratch resistant, but I actually dont mind scratches in wood floors, so its not a big deal for me.
My mom has laminate floors in her house though and she hates them. She says that even with cleaner made specifically for laminate floors, it still never looks clean.
I actually have wood looking tile floors in my bathroom, and I think they’re nice. Its very dark (I love dark floors,) easy to clean, doesnt scratch, not bothered by water, and they were super cheap. I wouldnt mind having my whole house done in them.
Post # 73
We just moved from a 50’s era house that had original oak hardwood, to a house that’s 75% cheap laminate. I am not a fan of laminate, and my husband and I are saving up to have the majority of the floors in the house redone. The only thing we plan on keeping will be the bathroom tile. I really want to replace everything upstairs with a light hardwood, probably maple. I love the look of light floors, plus if they do get scratched it doesn’t show as much. Our wood floors in our old house were not in pristine condition, and could have used a proper refinishing, but I still loved the look and feel of them. We didn’t have a problem with scratches on them, they just had spots where the last owners had dripped paint and stuff. I also never had a problem keeping them clean. For the basement in our new house we are thinking probably cork. It’s softer, and always feels a little warmer to me than hardwood, so I think it will be better in the basement. Laminate just feels cheap to me, even the higher quality stuff. I’d rather save for a bit longer and get hardwood.
With that being said, I wouldn’t say that laminate would de-value a house to me (obviously, lol). The only situation where I can see the flooring changing my decision is if there were two identical houses, one with hardwood and one with laminate, and they were priced the same, in the same neighborhood. Then I would choose the one with hardwood. Otherwise, I don’t worry too much about cosmetic details, but I’m also not afraid of DIY work, and am fine with living with something I don’t love until I can save up the money to change it out.
Post # 74
If you’re planning on selling your home in the near future, then maybe consider hardwood… But I have laminate and I love it! I can tell it’s not hardwood, but I don’t think it’s obvious to anyone who isn’t actively thinking about it, and even just as its own material, it’s SO easy to take care of and looks nice. We also have stone tile and carpeting in our home, and it’s the easiest of the three materials to clean and care for, and has held up the best.
I will say, under bare feet, it feels different than wood. Hard to describe, but I think it has to do with the temperature of the plastic vs. the wood and the amount of “slip”. I’ll maybe compare it to the way some people talk about diamond vs. moissanite on these boards; if you have your heart set on hardwood, laminate may not be a good substitute, but as its own material it has some really great benefits such as cost, durability, and ease of cleaning.
Post # 75
Having seen what three 60 pound dogs did to professionally installed Pergo high grade laminate – hell to the no on laminate. Having seen how Pergo treated the customers then – all the nasty words I can think of.
Entry has slate. Our kitchen has bamboo solid flooring, since it needed to be entirely replaced. Rest of the house is original walnut that’s extremely dark. Before moving in, since the kitchen was entirely ripped out and there was nothing on the floors, we had epoxy resin used to seal the floors. Not cheap, and no way would I do it myself simply on fumes alone – but the dogs haven’t so much as scratched the floor yet. And ours are bigger than 60 pounds, our small female is 85 pounds. Calm and sedate they are not either. Basement also got epoxy, it’s so nice, I can just dump a bucket of water on the floor to clean it and push the filth to the drain.