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Old 04-19-2014, 01:45 PM   #1
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We just had our flooring guy, whom we have used before, and is friends of my dad's. he gave us an estimate for a breeze way and down the hall, probably 20ft hallway. He would be ripping up the carpet, and it would have 5 different thesholds to place molding. Also, moulding where it meets the carpet. He mentioned having to trim the existing molding. The placks we picked out were $4.75/sqft. His price was $1800 for the job. Our question is..should we look into another flooring company, or is that about the going price??,, then of course there is the Home depot/Lowes route, but I've heard horror storys about their contractors, but their price for their planks, are $2.49/sqft.
So, should we go with a trusted familar floor guy or look elsewhere???
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You know the per sf price of the flooring but gave us no idea of the sf in your home?Breeze way and 20ft. of hall could be anything.How many sq ft of area to be covered in your home would sure help.
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Why not install it yourself?
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I think it was 150sqft, I check tonight when I go home. Why don't I install myself??,,,cause I want it done right...it would take me too much time
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$12.00 a square foot!
Someone could be installing real hardwood or engineered flooring that would increase not lower the value of the home like laminate will for that price.
Laminate is very DIY friendly with a few simple tools.
I just laid 288 Sq. ft. last weekend by myself in one day. Total cost to customer $300.00.
Time to get some more prices.
Even the price of the floor sounds way off.
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No the easy step brand was $4.75/sqft and the Armstrong was $5.00/sqft
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Sorry The Quick Step was $4.75, don't know where I was getting easy step
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http://www.lowes.com/Search=armstron...nite+flooring#!

Ever once seen an ad in the paper for a house for sale bragging about laminate flooring through out?
Not likely, engineered flooring will increase the value, laminate will lower it. Plus is can not be refinished, gets wet once and it's trash.
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I didn't hear the message on the machine yet, but my wife said he said the molding themselves were $400, this is the thick moldings that will join the kitchen, bedrooms and bathroom floors with the laminate. Also, in the front room molding joining the carpet is about 12 feet alone
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They said it stands up to spills, also said laminate was more durable, especially with the dog. If laminate is $1800, can image what hard wood would be
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They can say all that want to but it's just not true.
Might hold up fine to the dogs toe nails, but any slobber near the water bowl, mistakes on the floor and it's trashed.
I've had to go back and remove 100's of ft. of swollen up, delaminated laminate.
$400.00 for transition strip!
Ha it's your house go for it.
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Barry.... I agree with Joe, but I would just comment on a couple of things for your thought.

1) Flooring, be it laminate or engineered varies significantly in its quality. (Surface finish, number and type of ply, underlayment, thickness, appearance, warranty. Further, install varies with clicklock, TnG glue-up or glue-down, layout of your rooms, transitions...... etc)

I can find you 79cent/sqft laminate or eng wood..... both are crap.

2) In general, laminates are not a preferred flooring in moderate to higher end homes.

3) I do disagree with Joe in regard to saying all lamitinate is krap. It has its place. I put in laminate with my children young, two dogs, and subsequently baseball teams and kegs of beer slopped on it.... it still looks great after 20 years.... although it is still laminate. The maintence is minimal/none with a good laminate.

4) Unless your laminate is the very top of the line, your transitions are extreemly demanding, and your layout is broken up into demanding cuts/fits.... sure sounds to me that you have a very high bid as Joe says.

(My daughter just had bids to install a floating (easy install procedure), and a relatively easy install with 300 sqft square room and another 150 sq ft hallway (7 different transitions) at $950 and 1200.... that was an install only cost..... you figure it back......

And this was in a very high priced area... Tiburon California.

I did it in two days, and I'm slow.

I might add, my daughters mother in law got her designer discounts, on the flooring (good/top quality eng distressed/scraped hardwood) for $4.50/ft,..... and the same stuff is available for $3.50 in SoCal.)

So you figure it out..... There is a lot of negotiating and knowledge when you get into flooring...be carefull .... as Joe advises.

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I too disagree with joe that all engineered flooring is trash,but agree with most of his points.You could get real hardwood flooring for that price.Laminate flooring and engineered flooring vary greatly in quality from one manufacturer to the other and most have higher and lower ends.Some of it serves a purpose at certain price points and uses.
To answer your question I would get another quote.
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I plan on getting a couple of quotes. I went home and measured again. Comes out to 140 sqft max. One 12 foot transition and 5 doorway transitions. The price was for Quickstep medello collection.
We were going with the "Barnboard Oak Planks"
That had an AC rating of "4". And 8mm thickness
What should I be looking for in a rating for a good quality laminate??
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I too disagree with joe that all engineered flooring is trash,.
Joe didn't say that engineered is trash. He said that laminate is trash Two different things.
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