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Old November 17th, 2009, 07:46 AM
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All it took was a few parties for my new carpet to go real bad. After trying to clean/wash the carpet, I can still see a few stains. Ohhffff.
So, we finally decided that hardwood floor is what we want in the family and the living room. Have any of you installed hardwood floor by yourself? Which one is better? Hardwood or the engineered hardwood in the long run?
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All it took was a few parties for my new carpet to go real bad. After trying to clean/wash the carpet, I can still see a few stains. Ohhffff.
So, we finally decided that hardwood floor is what we want in the family and the living room. Have any of you installed hardwood floor by yourself? Which one is better? Hardwood or the engineered hardwood in the long run?
Thanks all for your inputs.
I have had hardwood installed by a professional but have installed laminated floor by myself. Laminated snap-on floor is easy to install if you have the right tools (for cutting, prying, etc.). Gets to be a little tough around doors and closets. Took me a day for complete installation and then the rest of the week to recover from the ache in my legs.

Hardwood, I was advised, needs to be done professionally... both for ease of work and for the final finished look. Took the advice and am happy with the results.

If you are scared of stains and spills from the numerous parties you will have, then it is better to go with laminated floor. With all the new technologies, they look as good as hardwood, are water-proof and last longer.
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Old November 17th, 2009, 10:26 AM
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I have had hardwood installed by a professional but have installed laminated floor by myself. Laminated snap-on floor is easy to install if you have the right tools (for cutting, prying, etc.). Gets to be a little tough around doors and closets. Took me a day for complete installation and then the rest of the week to recover from the ache in my legs.

Hardwood, I was advised, needs to be done professionally... both for ease of work and for the final finished look. Took the advice and am happy with the results.

If you are scared of stains and spills from the numerous parties you will have, then it is better to go with laminated floor. With all the new technologies, they look as good as hardwood, are water-proof and last longer.
Thanks Sane. When you say the laminated floor, are you referring to that floating type of floor? I was advised that they are not really safe for new born kids. Also, aren't they too thin to withstand moisture?

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Old November 17th, 2009, 10:30 AM
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Thanks Sane. When you say the laminated floor, are you referring to that floating type of floor? I was advised that they are not really safe for new born kids. Also, aren't they too thin to withstand moisture?

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Don't know what you mean by floating type of floor? Did you mean glue-less... where the laminated tiles just sit on the floor? I never heard of laminated floors not being safe for new born kids. Can you post a link or something giving more info?

As for thin-ness, the ones I installed were thin but strong enough to put 2 twin-size hardwood beds and a bunch of kids jumping on them.
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Don't know what you mean by floating type of floor? Did you mean glue-less... where the laminated tiles just sit on the floor? I never heard of laminated floors not being safe for new born kids. Can you post a link or something giving more info?

As for thin-ness, the ones I installed were thin but strong enough to put 2 twin-size hardwood beds and a bunch of kids jumping on them.
The Home depot guy told us that the hardwood/engineered are better than the laminated ones (including the baby stuff). but most of our friends are happy with laminated floors. Looks like they give as much value to the home as a hardwood floor for less price.

So after using both hardwood and laminated, what would you recommend?
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The Home depot guy told us that the hardwood/engineered are better than the laminated ones (including the baby stuff). but most of our friends are happy with laminated floors. Looks like they give as much value to the home as a hardwood floor for less price.

So after using both hardwood and laminated, what would you recommend?
Hardwood floors have that warmth... a kind of softness. Laminate floors are kind of dry and utilitarian. I personally will recommend hardwood... but installed by a professional (unless you are very good at carpentry).

The baby stuff amazes me. Maybe the glue used to put laminate floors together (but then, some hardwood floors can be glued too).
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yeah...I compared the prices...$4 for a laminated one and $8 for hardwood....
but the ambiance must be totally different. emmm...need to think again.
Even in hardwood, go for the richer ones. They will be worth every extra penny that you spend. Go for Brazilian Cherry or Tigerwood. Splurge. So what if you are not rich... you only die once.

I am still thinking whether I should buy that blu-ray player or just make do with what I have. Sorry for mixing up threads again
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Thanks Sane. When you say the laminated floor, are you referring to that floating type of floor? I was advised that they are not really safe for new born kids. Also, aren't they too thin to withstand moisture?

Thanks again.


Yes,

Laminate floors are also called "floating floor".

Go for hardwood if money is not a big deal. Hardwood will be double the cost of laminate since laminates are dirt cheap these days.

Also Hardwood floors are pain and lil bit more costly to maintain. Hardwood floors need sanding and polishing every few years to make it look good. Laminate floors you don't need to worry about that at all.

Also check on net. A friend of mine bought truck load of canadian flooring from canada, cost him lot less than here in us. Him and 3 of his friends together, bought a truckload and split the cost. Now all those 4 have SAME floor in their whole house.


Installing....if you are doing yourself, both are easy (if you are technically inclined and have right tools), but finishing is headache. Either way your knees and hips will be in pain for a week.





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seems like the nagging about smoking had some beneficial effect new flooring !!
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Yes,

Laminate floors are also called "floating floor".

Go for hardwood if money is not a big deal. Hardwood will be double the cost of laminate since laminates are dirt cheap these days.

Also Hardwood floors are pain and lil bit more costly to maintain. Hardwood floors need sanding and polishing every few years to make it look good. Laminate floors you don't need to worry about that at all.

Also check on net. A friend of mine bought truck load of canadian flooring from canada, cost him lot less than here in us. Him and 3 of his friends together, bought a truckload and split the cost. Now all those 4 have SAME floor in their whole house.


Installing....if you are doing yourself, both are easy (if you are technically inclined and have right tools), but finishing is headache. Either way your knees and hips will be in pain for a week.
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Thanks Amthaji....my husband seems very confident that he can do it without professional help....well, I will take a picture of the finished floor and will show it here. And yes, we might go for the engineered hard wood.

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seems like the nagging about smoking had some beneficial effect new flooring !!
nagging isnt working....I wanted a Persian rug and he refused
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nagging isnt working....I wanted a Persian rug and he refused
Maybe you can find about some cheap china made copies
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no no no no no!!!! I want a pure rug....I told him just imagine, hardwood floor, Persian rug in front of the fire pace, etc etc. Still he is saying no
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no no no no no!!!! I want a pure rug....I told him just imagine, hardwood floor, Persian rug in front of the fire pace, etc etc. Still he is saying no
Maybe he doesn't want to see a run with smoke burns..get your hardwood floor this time.. the rest will follow.
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no no no no no!!!! I want a pure rug....I told him just imagine, hardwood floor, Persian rug in front of the fire pace, etc etc. Still he is saying no
Or you can get an original Persian (though it may be hard to find one... in these hard times. If you do not find one, then maybe a Indian Parsee bawa might do). Now you have 2 options. One is to make your husband jealous... by giving this Persian more time than your husband. Or, if you do not turn that way, then you can get this Persian to weave you a rug. There, you got a pure persian rug
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Or you can get an original Persian (though it may be hard to find one... in these hard times. If you do not find one, then maybe a Indian Parsee bawa might do). Now you have 2 options. One is to make your husband jealous... by giving this Persian more time than your husband. Or, if you do not turn that way, then you can get this Persian to weave you a rug. There, you got a pure persian rug
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