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bradnailer 03-07-2013 02:00 PM

Laminate Over Hardwood
 
My wife and I have decided rather than refinishing the existing hardwood floors in our house, we are going to install new laminate flooring. The house is 70 years old and has a pier and beam foundation.

Any thoughts or suggestions on whether to use a vapor barrier and any other things to consider?

Thanks!

sam floor 03-07-2013 02:36 PM

You have real hardwood and want to cover it with laminate?:(

DannyT 03-07-2013 02:40 PM

just follow the manufacturers installation instructions

bradnailer 03-07-2013 03:21 PM

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Originally Posted by sam floor (Post 1131805)
You have real hardwood and want to cover it with laminate?:(

Yes, a little sad but yes. By doing laminate, we can do it a room at a time as we have time and it isn't quite as messy. Plus, I'm not great at refinishing floors so laying laminate ourselves is less expensive than having a pro come in and refinish the floors. Finally, there is nothing special about our house. It is just a small 1500 square foot house built in the early 40's.

drtbk4ever 03-07-2013 04:22 PM

I am not a fan of laminate so personally the hardwood floors would have to be in REALLY REALLY bad shape before I would cover them up with anything.

JetSwet 03-07-2013 05:15 PM

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Originally Posted by bradnailer (Post 1131787)
My wife and I have decided rather than refinishing the existing hardwood floors in our house, we are going to install new laminate flooring. The house is 70 years old and has a pier and beam foundation.

Any thoughts or suggestions on whether to use a vapor barrier and any other things to consider?

Thanks!

Yes use vapor barrier, leave 1/4" expantion gap along perimeter, and stagger seams 12" apart.

joecaption 03-07-2013 05:29 PM

That's just a shame to do that.
That's one thing that will lower the value of a home as soon as it's installed.
Did you even get a few prices to see what it would cost to have a pro come in and refinish?

bradnailer 03-07-2013 05:35 PM

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Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1131936)
That's just a shame to do that.
That's one thing that will lower the value of a home as soon as it's installed.
Did you even get a few prices to see what it would cost to have a pro come in and refinish?

Yes, I can buy a very good quality laminate for around $3,000. The quote I got from several pros was around $4,500.

JetSwet 03-07-2013 05:48 PM

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Originally Posted by bradnailer (Post 1131940)

Yes, I can buy a very good quality laminate for around $3,000. The quote I got from several pros was around $4,500.

If that's hard wood finish quote spend the extra 1500. That's a lot of money to spend on laminate

harrymontana 03-11-2013 12:07 PM

why not refinish your original hardwood flooring?
this is not a good investment for your house


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