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Old 07-26-2013, 08:47 AM   #1
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Tear out hardwood or not?


We need to replace the downstairs carpet in this rental property. It currently has hardwood in the entry and kitchen/eating area. We'd love to put vinyl planking in the living room, but are concerned about the transition from the vinyl to the hardwood. It it worth trying to find vinyl that's similar to the hardwood? Or get something completely different looking? Or should we just bite the bullet and pull the hardwood out of the kitchen/dining area too? Photo included for reference

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Real wood flooring adds value, laminate lowers it, I'd leave it.
Consider prefinish engineered flooring instead.
May even be able to add a thin layer of plywood and get them even.

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Consider prefinish engineered flooring instead.
What is prefinished engineered flooring? We don't want to put in laminate because it doesn't withstand spills well. We're considering Allure Ultra.
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We need to replace the downstairs carpet in this rental property.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Get some new carpet.
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If it is rental property then carpet would be fine.
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To Recap..you are considering puliing out that beautiful hardwood and installing Allure in its place??

I don't mean to be rude but please give your head a shake..

Is your thinking clear now?? I can see pulling it out if your planning on a upgrade but not a downgrade. Tumbled Travertine maybe, but not cheap flooring.

I agree with the others. Just replace the carpet.
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haha, thanks creeper. I showed your comment to my husband and he finally agreed to leave the hardwood in. As for replacing the carpet, yes, we are replacing the carpet. But we're certainly not putting new carpet in. What, just to replace it again next time we're between tenants? Was hoping for suggestions of flooring that would blend nicely with the existing hardwood. Something durable and easy to DIY.
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Engineered flooring has nothing to do with laminate, not even close.
Engineered is plywood with a layer of real wood on top. Mist can even be refinished at least once, the thicker it is the more times it can be refinished.
And yes a DIY can install it.

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