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darsunt 07-07-2007 08:02 PM

Wood floor or carpet?
 
I plan to replace the flooring in my apartment. The question is which material would be better?

I've seen wood floors that look great and seemed to last forever. But I talked to a handyman who told me wood floors could be endless trouble, and replacing them a nightmare. This is why I am hesitating to install wood (my wife would like wood).

Any opinions?

AtlanticWBConst. 07-07-2007 08:36 PM

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Originally Posted by darsunt (Post 52009)
I plan to replace the flooring in my apartment. The question is which material would be better?

I've seen wood floors that look great and seemed to last forever. But I talked to a handyman who told me wood floors could be endless trouble, and replacing them a nightmare. This is why I am hesitating to install wood (my wife would like wood).

Any opinions?

First mistake: Taking professional advice regarding hardwood flooring from a handyman....

My house was built in 1940. I still have the original hardwood floors that look great with VERY minimal upkeep. I would not want anything else on my home's floors, but hardwood.

Look into Prefinished hardwood flooring (no messy sanding & staining...simply install it)

Example: http://www.bellawood.com/

http://www.bellawood.com/images/BW.pdf
(50 year manufacturer warranty & EASY maintenance directions at end of this .pdf)

Gerry Kiernan 07-08-2007 12:59 PM

Wood floors are great, if properly installed. The other big plus is that wood doesn't tend to hold dust the way carpet can. Wood flooring can be refinished if it gets worn. Carpet has to be replaced when worn. The rest is purely up to an individuals preference.

Gerry

ron schenker 07-08-2007 02:17 PM

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Originally Posted by darsunt (Post 52009)
I plan to replace the flooring in my apartment. The question is which material would be better?

I've seen wood floors that look great and seemed to last forever. But I talked to a handyman who told me wood floors could be endless trouble, and replacing them a nightmare. This is why I am hesitating to install wood (my wife would like wood).

Any opinions?

In my area some apartment complexes don't allow wood flooring because of the noise.

darsunt 07-10-2007 11:59 PM

It looks like many positive opinions towards wood, except for the noise. I would guess a hardwood floor would be three or four times as expensive as carpet, however.

RippySkippy 07-11-2007 09:51 AM

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Originally Posted by AtlanticWBConst. (Post 52013)
Look into Prefinished hardwood flooring (no messy sanding & staining...simply install it)

While this is true, there are a couple of design considerations. I think most if not all pre-finished floors have a slight chamfer on each edge, maybe a 1/16" of an inch. When the whole floor is installed, you will have noticeable lines....not that it's bad or not...but something to consider. We installed the floor in the picture for the color and the lines are just another element. Personally I like a flat smooth floor.... we compromised on the flooring choice and well you now who won... the SWHMBO....:thumbup:

Floorwizard 07-11-2007 11:08 PM

What you are talking about is a "square edge" wood.

Yes they are available. I happen to like the eased edges.

masscat1 08-03-2007 07:45 PM

I'm getting rid of all my carpet and installing 3/4" hard pre-finished red oak flooring. It last longer than carpet and is a lot cleaner and easy to maintain. My dining room and foyer was done 2 years ago, and my family love it.

helpless handyman 08-03-2007 10:30 PM

Hard wood floor is the way to go:whistling2: I did my entire house with prefinished 3/4 red oak, upstairs and downstairs.

http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/7...loorxv7.th.jpg

fierysun 08-04-2007 12:12 AM

We have wood floors but they have a plywood substrate with brazilian cherry veneer. The floors came with the house when we bought it. The only problem we've had is it seems really susceptible to scratching. I think it’s because of the fact it’s not solid. It’s only as hard as the plywood beneath it. I’ve also got a couple of gouges where the substrate is showing through the veneer. Even with that said I love the floors. They are really easy to clean.


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