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What is the pros & cons of Laminate hardwood floor compare to engineered one?

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I’ve been living with carpet all my life and would love to have a hardwood floor in my new home. However due to limited budget, I could not afford the real hardwood or engineered. I had the Empire Today guy showed me the laminate option and it looks like the real hardwood. According to him it’s better because I have an active little boy (6 yrs old) and more durable than hardwood. But I also heard that it could decrease the value of the house, is this true?

I agree with Catherine…If you live in a very nice house in an upscale neighborhood, get hardwood. If your house is not as nice as that, it will not decrease the value of your house to use the Pergo type flooring.

I might add that the quality of the laminate flooring should be considered. Get one that has a 25 to 30 year guarantee. They are easy to maintain, and look and function extremely well.

5 Responses to “What is the pros & cons of Laminate hardwood floor compare to engineered one?”

  1. Bluemason Says:

    If you bought your flooring at a price in which you weren’t getting nailed, you might be able to afford engineered bamboo. http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m38.l1311&_nkw=engineered+wood+flooring&_sacat=See-All-Categories It would probably cost about half to buy off ebay and get a floor installer to lay it for you.

    I wouldn’t be installing a Laminate floor especially if I had young children, if your boy spills a drink on the floor and it goes unnoticed for hours, this alone could ruin that section of flooring and will need to be replaced. My sons girl had her washing machine over flow while she was at work and it ruined the Laminate floor in her hallway outside her laundry which cost her $$$$$.

    IMO Laminate floor is really only good for commercial use, where you would remodel an office or alike every few years, not something you’d put into a home to last for years.
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  2. MakeupSecret Says:

    what ever you do… DO NOT put it in your bathroom!!!

    2 years later and we’re taking ours out.. grr
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  3. c_kayak_fun Says:

    Laminate floors were all the rage 10 years ago — now they are the kiss of death for a home sale. With good reason — they look fake and they don’t hold up well. Every person I know who has installed them regrets it. More durable?? Huh — on what planet? From what I’ve seen, they sustain damage from any moisture, spills or even mopping and they scratch and scuff horribly. They warp and separate — such a waste of money and material!

    At least engineered flooring is real wood and can be sealed and even refinished. And if you want the look of wood in a kitchen, bath or family/play room, take a look at the Trafficmaster Allure vinyl "floating" plank floors at Home Depot. I’ve been looking at the product for a while and just installed it in a friend’s bathroom last weekend. Amazing stuff — looks and feels exactly like wood but it is totally waterproof, installs in a snap over any level floor with no tools but a utility knife, scissors and a 3′ steel ruler. Plus a 25 year warranty and at $1.70 a square foot it is half the cost of laminate OR engineered flooring. I know I must sound like a commercial but I think the stuff is really cool — I plan to put it in my own bathroom, entrance hall and stairs later this month.
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  4. Catherine Says:

    Obviously there are some very strong opinions on this question.

    We have had both laminate and hardwood floors; each has their advantages and disadvantages.

    RIght now we installed high quality laminate in our house because we just couldn’t afford hardwood. Because our house is small, it won’t affect the house value very much. If it was an ‘upper end’ house, then laminate might not be the greatest idea to hold on the value, especially for the living and dining room areas. If you can live with what you have for now, and there is anyway that you can, I would wait and save. I would not choose engineered hardwood though – it is costly without the advantage of being able to refinish it in the future. The down-side of hardwood is that it scratches and dents easily – so choose a light or medium finish to hide scratches better. Also don’t get a shiny finish, it will show everything.

    Laminate flooring is more resilient to scratches and dents than hardwood, and the better quality ones do look very good. Like hardwood, most laminate should be kept out of kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms! Neither product likes moisture very much. I am not unhappy with my laminate flooring, but I still would have preferred hardwood
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  5. Kitty Says:

    I agree with Catherine…If you live in a very nice house in an upscale neighborhood, get hardwood. If your house is not as nice as that, it will not decrease the value of your house to use the Pergo type flooring.

    I might add that the quality of the laminate flooring should be considered. Get one that has a 25 to 30 year guarantee. They are easy to maintain, and look and function extremely well.
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