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We have had a flood in the house and now at the stage where the floors need replacing.

It is for a utility room, hallway (from front door) and kitchen.

I obviously want something that is easy to clean with having kids and a dog and am undecided whether to have real wood flooring or laminate. (cost isn’t an issue) i just don’t know which is more suitable/hard wearing etc etc.

Any opinions or personal experience would be greatly received
Many thanks

I would divide this. Tile (rough textured so it is not slippery) for the entrance. It would be the most durable with traffic and the wet that will be coming into this area (rain/mud/gritty dirt/snow). I would then do a good hardwood down the hallway (I will assume you remove shoes at entry) and continue on into the kitchen. I have a similar set up with tile in the entry/powder room (directly off entry) and hardwood throughout the whole house. You have to almost respect the floor meaning taking care–this might not be feasible with young active children. If you choose hardwood, you need to realize it will dent and scratch. The darker the colour the more dust and pet hair will show (I have to do my floors every day because of colour and pet hair). If you cannot live seeing wear on the flooring, then do not get hardwood. Laminate is durable, but no good with wet/dampness so not a choice for the entry. Laminate is fine throughout the rest of the home, and is a nice choice. You could get a great vinyl sheeting for the entry instead of tile. They come in a large variety of patterns/styles/colour for every decor and the high quality ones are very durable/easy to clean. Think about your choices. Wood is my personal favourite, but..if you are not willing to live with the nicks and dents and scratches, and of course ensure your furniture feet are all felted then I would consider a laminate instead. You will not have the worry with that, but realize that furniture feet should also be felted with laminate as it will eventually show wear (not as soon as wood) and you cannot refinish the laminate.

5 Responses to “laminate vs. real wood flooring?”

  1. Grandma Linda Says:

    I think laminate would be best for that much traffic in the area. Just my personal opinion
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  2. Sweetie Says:

    If it’s for a utility room, entry way or kitchen, I would go with tile over both laminate and real wood.

    Tile is going to be the easiest to clean and the most durable. Something else you may want to look into is engineered hardwood, it’s kinda a mixture of both.

    But here’s some pros’s and con’s of both flooring’s:

    Moisture: Hardwood is affected by changes in humidity and is not recommended for bathrooms, kitchens, or below grade. Engineered hardwood requires a moisture barrier to be laid down first, but with this layer in place, it is suitable for all rooms, above and below grade. Many laminate floors are water-resistant, but you should check the warranty to be sure what is and is not covered.

    Durability: Hardwood floors do tend to dent and scratch more than laminate floors. They can also fade if they are in areas with a lot of sunlight. On the plus side, traditional hardwood can be refinished. Depending on the type of veneer, engineered hardwood can sometimes be refinished, but usually not more than once. Laminate floors are very resistant to scratches and dents, but can be chipped. Once damaged, they cannot be easily repaired. If there is significant damage, you may find yourself replacing the entire floor. Laminates do not fade in sunlight and are stain-resistant.

    Longevity: A well-maintained hardwood floor can last a lifetime, and floating engineered hardwood floors can last anywhere between 40 and 80 years. On the other hand, a laminate floor is estimated to last up to 20 years.

    Aesthetics: Because laminate is an image of wood, to some people the aesthetic value is less than that of real wood. With real wood, there are tremendous variations in the wood grain, whereas the same pattern is repeated every five boards in a laminate floor.

    Hardwood does costs more to purchase and install, but lasts longer and offers greater resale value to a home. Laminate is cheaper, easier to install and does provide considerable durability, if not the same longevity as hardwood.

    Good Luck
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  3. pissy_old_lady Says:

    I would divide this. Tile (rough textured so it is not slippery) for the entrance. It would be the most durable with traffic and the wet that will be coming into this area (rain/mud/gritty dirt/snow). I would then do a good hardwood down the hallway (I will assume you remove shoes at entry) and continue on into the kitchen. I have a similar set up with tile in the entry/powder room (directly off entry) and hardwood throughout the whole house. You have to almost respect the floor meaning taking care–this might not be feasible with young active children. If you choose hardwood, you need to realize it will dent and scratch. The darker the colour the more dust and pet hair will show (I have to do my floors every day because of colour and pet hair). If you cannot live seeing wear on the flooring, then do not get hardwood. Laminate is durable, but no good with wet/dampness so not a choice for the entry. Laminate is fine throughout the rest of the home, and is a nice choice. You could get a great vinyl sheeting for the entry instead of tile. They come in a large variety of patterns/styles/colour for every decor and the high quality ones are very durable/easy to clean. Think about your choices. Wood is my personal favourite, but..if you are not willing to live with the nicks and dents and scratches, and of course ensure your furniture feet are all felted then I would consider a laminate instead. You will not have the worry with that, but realize that furniture feet should also be felted with laminate as it will eventually show wear (not as soon as wood) and you cannot refinish the laminate.
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  4. chicagirl51 Says:

    Go for porcelain tile. I don’t recommend laminate or wood flooring for a kitchen or utility room. Tile is harder wearing than wood or laminate and would work extremely well for the areas you mentioned. They have ceramic tile that looks like wood available.
    http://www.builddirect.com/Wood-Grain-Porcelain-Tile/Result_N_4294967280+4294966291+4294966400_Ne_27.aspx
    http://www.trendyfloors.com/_e/gdept/01-001/Wood_Look_Ceramic_Tile.htm?gclid=CPWhkIfi_p8CFctI5wodRlhkdA
    I saw some when I went to this outlet:
    http://www.flooranddecoroutlets.com/ceramic.html?ag=General%20Ceramic%20Tiles&?kw=ceramic%20floor%20tile&?mt=Phrase&gclid=CLCWnZzi_p8CFWeM5wodLB4alA
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  5. GuitarGeorge Says:

    Unless you’ve moved your house to higher ground, you’re going to get flooded again. Stay away from wood altogether and use tile. And with that, epoxy grout. It’s more expensive, but it’s impervious to stains and discoloration.
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