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#331307 - 12/13/10 01:48 AM Hard wood or laminating flooring?
mpyw Offline
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I am about to move in my new house.

The current staircase laminating flood is in bad shape now and need replacement.

Which would be better? Changing to a new laminating wood floor or some hard wood floor or just change to to tiles?

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#331317 - 12/13/10 08:02 AM Re: Hard wood or laminating flooring? [Re: mpyw]
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Carpet.

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#331320 - 12/13/10 09:16 AM Re: Hard wood or laminating flooring? [Re: CatBrat]
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Loc: It's all about the location.
Personally I'd go with hardwood, laminate to me, looks cheap and "plasticy".

mpyw, you should be able to find some really nice exotic hardwood flooring in your part of the world.
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#331321 - 12/13/10 09:37 AM Re: Hard wood or laminating flooring? [Re: Adrian]
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Also, the laminate I've seen tends to show every little bit of dirt and smudges. If it's not kept extremely clean, you can tell.
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#331325 - 12/13/10 10:12 AM Re: Hard wood or laminating flooring? [Re: medic8r]
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I vote hardwood as well. In particular I have had some great success with engineered bamboo flooring - I love the look (lots to choose from) and in 3 years appears to be more durable than the 'natural' hardwood I have in other parts of the house. Also with the bamboo being manufactured hardwood I had no bad or warped pieces to weed out while installing. My 2 cents for the day.
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#331328 - 12/13/10 10:24 AM Re: Hard wood or laminating flooring? [Re: CatBrat]
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Originally Posted By: CatBrat
Carpet.
laugh

If it's on your staircase, what about doing it in oak and staining it? A dark stain looks really nice.
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#331393 - 12/13/10 07:23 PM Re: Hard wood or laminating flooring? [Re: Ya_basta]
mpyw Offline
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No carpet on my staircase :p

I am favoring hardwood as well but the cost might be double as compared to laminated floor

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#331397 - 12/13/10 07:57 PM Re: Hard wood or laminating flooring? [Re: mpyw]
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I would choose hardwood over laminate any day.

My parents just had red oak wood floors installed in their house and they were stained with a light to medium color that really brought out the wood grain. It looks fabulous.
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#331408 - 12/13/10 09:17 PM Re: Hard wood or laminating flooring? [Re: terzaghi]
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Definitely go with hardwood. I just replaced a laminate floor in my dining room with hardwood. As everyone is stating, laminate does not compare to a real hardwood product. The additional cost is well worth it.
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#331412 - 12/13/10 09:32 PM Re: Hard wood or laminating flooring? [Re: Pitbull24]
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I'm going to go against the grain and say laminate, especially if cost is an issue. We have a home daycare, with 8-10 kids in the house every day. I put Pergo in our kitchen 5 years ago and it still looks great. It takes a lot of abuse and cleans up at the end of the day with just a damp Swiffer. Granted, it won't fool anyone into thinking it's real wood, but for the money I can't complain.
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