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More flooring questions--solid hardwood or wood laminate?(3 posts)

More flooring questions--solid hardwood or wood laminate?ColnagoFE
Sep 16, 2002 8:22 AM
OK...did some window shopping this weekend and the Pergo/plastic wood flooring is out. It just looks to fake to me--especially since we already have 3/4 Oak in the main floor I think it'd stick out like a sore thumb. Still probably gonna use it in the basement though. Anyway for the upper floor it's down to "engineered wood flooring" which is basically plywood with a hardwood laminate and prefinished vs 3/4 inch oak which would need to be finished and we'd need to be out of the house for a week while the finish dries. Anyone have experience with either/both of these options? Not sure of the final cost--probably would be having someone install it--so budget may make the final decision, but I definately want something fairly durable and that will increase the value of the house. Thoughts?
Go prefinished Laminate.Len J
Sep 16, 2002 8:47 AM
No Expansion, contraction problems and finished in controller conditions usually results in a better finish (Unless you find an installer who is an artist). Installation is less messy and is quicker, so the labor cost is lower, flooring cost itself is cheaper for unfinished 3/4 in than laminate. Installed cost comparisons vary by area depending on competition but usually are close to a wash or cheaper for laminates.

The one negative you will hear on prefinished is its ability to be sanded down & refinished. This is not totally true. The thickness of the top layer determines how many times it can be refinished.

Len
Doesn't your 3/4 inch oak come with a finish?RoyGBiv
Sep 16, 2002 9:40 AM
In a previous life, I installed 3/4 inch 'tavern stock' oak in the kitchen. The strips had a kind of honey brown semi-gloss finish. It was hard work, having to flail away at the hardwood floor nailing tool. But the job was eminently do-it-yourself, and the results were pleasing.