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Old 08-10-2014, 10:53 PM   #16
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Because it costs more and people like to say they have wood floors.

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Pros and Coms.... Is solid 3/4 better than engineered??????????
I don't understand your Pros and Cons comment?
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I don't understand your Pros and Cons comment?
Actually Razor.... You do understand, and my reference would just be to say your question is correct, one is not better than the other.... just each has its pros/cons.........

would be just the same as discussing ptos/cons of solid verse engineered,
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I actually wasn't kidding....... IMO, I believe market acceptance of a laminate verse "WOOD" is probably hindered by laminate being less expensive.... nobody wants a cheap floor, regardless of it's performance characteristics.....

Admittedly, even the vennered woods do seem to have a better depth appearance to them and a better woody feeling/click to the walk. )Pros)

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My laminate suits me well. Laminates are highly scratch resistant (not proof). And with a 50 pit bull living in the house whose nails require salon attention :-(. It works for me

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Laminate is a picture of wood on usually a particle board backing. It cannot be refinished. If it gets wet the backing normally swells and deteriorates. Laminate can't be fastened down so it is noisy when walked on.
Engineered is a thin layer of real wood on usually a plywood backing. Most can be refinished a couple times. Engineered is far more likely to survive water than laminate. Engineered can be fastened to the subfloor.
Solid wood can be refinished many times and is highly resistant to surface water. Solid is the quietest and should be fastened to the subfloor. Solid can be site finished or bought prefinished.
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I have yet to see a particle board backed laminate. Most is backed with hdf

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I have yet to see a particle board backed laminate. Most is backed with hdf

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I have seen both and high density fiberboard is not much better than particle board.
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I don't want to start a war here but I'm asking a serious question.
We want to take out our living room carpet and put in new flooring. I have seen wood floors that look like crap because of dogs and kids scratching it up. I have been told that laminate will not scratch and has a better price. I have also been told past week or so that wood flooring now has better protection on it and it wont scratch like it use to. What do I need to buy?
I can't speak for wood flooring because when I was considering replacing the carpeting we had dogs and cats that pretty much ruined our carpet. I had seen too many wood floors ruined by animals, so we went with Pergo. We did the entire first floor except the kitchen and laundry room. They both had vinyl flooring that was still in good shape.

That was almost 20 years ago. That was also when Pergo laminate flooring was glued at the joints and required clamping. It was a lot of work but the floor is still in excellent shape. And that's after cats, dogs and three kids, sometimes chasing the dogs around the house put the flooring through the ringer.

The vinyl floor in the kitchen was just replaced with Pergo XP. It's only been a few days but I'm happy with the decision. And it was a LOT easier than the glue-up Pergo. I love laminate flooring because it's almost maintenance free and lasts forever.
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^+1

Quite honestly, my experience has been virtually the same (maybe better) than Julimore.

I installed in my own residence in large game room/wet bar/pooltable that adjoins an outside deck that gets alot of inside outside traffic... and snow tracking in winter out to a hot tub.

Installed in mid 90's... seen alot of dogs/ baseball teams with kegs of beer/ and really pretty heavy wear. LOOKS NEW (It was a glue-up floater).

All with NO maintenance.

Yes.... it does not feel quite like hardwood.... but I have alot of people say the floors look terrific.... and then maybe I sheepishly have to tell them its Pergo..... so why am I sheepish???????( at myself)

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I have seen both and high density fiberboard is not much better than particle board.
Yeah i laminate all of them for a living...and they all suck lol.

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I plan on going with traffic master laminate / engineered wood. For $.99 sqft it's got great reviews, I've seen it in person and it looks like the real thing to me. The next cheapest alternative is prefinished bamboo for like $1.70 + cost of nails and renting / buying the pneumatic nailer. It ends up costing about 2x as much for the same look. I also don't plan on being in this house for to much longer though, so it makes it easier for me to cop out.
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Yes.... it does not feel quite like hardwood.... but I have alot of people say the floors look terrific.... and then maybe I sheepishly have to tell them its Pergo..... so why am I sheepish???????( at myself)
Because those annoying commercials brainwash us into needlessly spending a lot of money on "real".

I love wood, but it has it's limitations. Mother Nature designed it to one day return to dust, and the more use it gets, the faster it will get there. Plastic lasts forever. We just have to get over the critics trying to embarrass us for using it. But after my experience, I can't justify choosing real wood over laminate.

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My wife and I went to Lowes last night to look at flooring. We both liked the Lowes brand, Allen-Roth laminate. Pergo is 2.49 sq. ft. while the Allen-Roth is 1.99 sq. ft. But I'm still looking at all flooring for now. I sometimes research things to death, but that's how I like to do it.
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