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08-12-2010 03:25 PM

Hey Everybody!

I’m another wander from lumberjocks, and thought I’d stop in and ask a question or three :) My projects have been put on hold, but we’ve been tossing around our options on this one, and I could use some more opinions. Currently my living room has oak hardwood flooring in it, but it is in pretty bad shape. Previous homeowners have used every kind of nail known to man to get the squeaks out of the floor and have obviously failed. There’s a lot of nails, usually focused mostly in the hallway and in patches throughout the room (that’s about 22×12 ish?) We had Stanley Steamer come in to give us a quote on if it could be done and how much. We were surprised when they said it could be refinished, but the price was about as much as it would cost us to lay an engineered floor or carpet over top. I thought about DIY’ing it, but I also know I don’t have the time to do it myself, and there are places in the process that I could really mess up if not careful.

We’ve thought about just laying an engineered flooring, so that we could also run the same flooring into our kitchen for a bit more cohesion. We were looking at Pergo or Bellawood. Has anybody had any good/bad experiences with either? I’m leaning to the Pergo since I know it comes with the underlayment already attached. All about making my life more easy :) I’m also wondering if it would be in my better interest to just take up the wood floor and start fresh with the sub floor? Negates the time I’d save so it’s something to think on. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks everybody!

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08-12-2010 06:24 PM

Laminate flooring works very good in kitchens and bathrooms. I would also recommend the Pergo or other brand that has the underlayment in (for ease and speed)....although puting down the underlayment is not that hard and just requires good measuement and cutting off the roll. Laminate is not nailed or glued so it is very quick to lay. Also, it is very forgiving…and can be laid over pretty much every surface.

I have done/refurbed several kitchens/bathrooms with laminates and they are still going good…after many years of hard use. I have only had to repair one layup and that was due to a leaking pipe from a shower that was running under the floor (not our fault – the owner was willing to pay for the work…but it being minor…and a customer goodwill scenario…we just did it for costs).

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08-12-2010 06:37 PM

I have installed Pergo in my house and love it. Bellawood is a 3/4 ” thick wood product, not an engineered product. Also, shop some of your independent flooring stores. I got 800 sq ft of Canadian Maple 31/4” prefinished flooring for 0.99 a sq ft. The Pergo is in my kitchen, I installed the Travertine floor from them.

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08-15-2010 05:10 PM

Thanks for the replies! I’ve been looking at the Pergo…Originally had a cheaper version in the master bedroom, and my two dogs had it scratched up inside of two months. They’re midsized, but I can’t imagine what it would do to a fairly high traffic’d living room/ galley kitchen if we put down a lesser quality laminate. One of the big reasons I have for making this such a tough decision since refinishing would stand up to the traffic.

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08-16-2010 10:27 PM

You have to be careful with any of the laminate floors. The top layer is so thin, animal claws have a tendency to tear it up. Originally, Pergo was the best, but shop around, because some of the newer floors seem to be a little better.

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10-15-2010 05:35 AM

if you want to used laminated floor, check carefully the top layer because that’s always the issue of laminated floor. though it’s like that i still appreciate it’s beauty because it captures my attention if a house has this kind of floor.

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10-20-2010 09:35 PM

There are some great laminate products out there (I am partial to Armstrong), but you may want to be a bit cautious and make sure you full understand the difference between an engineered wood floor (which is a layer of “real” hardwood flooring seated on a plywood base) and laminate (which is a picture of hardwood flooring affixed to a press board base and coated with a wear layer.)

I personally, if budget allows, lean towards engineered hardwood as it tends to have a more natural feeling under foot and will allow you to list “hardwood floors” in your home listing when you go to sell your home (as opposed to laminate floors which are not considered hardwood)...that can be an important selling point (or at least it is here in Atlanta.)

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