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Dana@Chicago

10:49AM | 10/18/01
Member Since: 04/30/01
3 lifetime posts
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Are there any inherent problems with laying Pergo/laminate flooring over a particle board subfloor?

Dana@Chicago

11:00AM | 10/18/01
Member Since: 04/30/01
3 lifetime posts
I meant to include this in my other question, but I would also appreciate some honest opinions about another situation. Basically, I am trying to decide between laminate and hardwood for a living room and hall. The issue is that I have two dogs...Great Danes. So I am mainly concerned with scratching. Obviously carpet is not a consideration, and tile would not fit with the style of the house. I have spoken to a lot of "experts" on the subject and have gotten the impression that if I go with hard wood, I'll be refinishing it nearly every year. I don't want to have to go through that inconvenience, but I know that it would add more value to the home than laminate. I wouldn't need to refinish laminate though, just possibly replace sections (I'd use the quick-lock kind) when needed. Your opinions regarding this dilemma are GREATLY appreciated!

DH

06:03PM | 10/18/01
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
The choice in flooring is a personal one, I for one would put down Real Hardwood...as far as the dogs, I know some one who had 2 bouvaies(?) at 115# each, yes the floor was dented and scratched, but not thru the finish.
The floor was refinished after 8 years, who ever told you that you will refinish every year? If you keep the dogs nails trimmed, you will minimize the problems. Keep water bowls off the hardwood.
Check into White oak flooring, it is a darker brown with no red to it, and is denser than Red oak. Another thing would be to install quatersawn Red oak, you will not have the wide grain, which the dogs nails will dig into. It will cost more too!

Check to see if hardwood floor installers in your area use swedish finish (bacca/glitsa or senteko). There are also oil finishes that you can use that do not have to be waxed and can easily be touched up.

My advice is to go purchase a few pieces of "pergo" and a few pieces of real hardwood, which looks better to you? Put your hand on it which feels better? Find a "pergo" floor look at it in direct low andge sunlight...do the same with hardwood.

There is something else you need to consider...it is a floor, not a piano, Scratches add character/charm.

piz_bruin

06:36AM | 11/14/01
Member Since: 08/02/01
18 lifetime posts
There are solid hardwoods out there that come prefinished with an aluminum-oxide coating. The finish is supposed to hold up great, I've seen some with 25 and 50 year finish warrantees. Might be worth a look, try www.bruce.com

~ Piz

BWS

03:09PM | 11/17/01
Member Since: 11/16/01
6 lifetime posts
Dana,we have white oak hardwood in our 1820
Federal style home(built in 1985).We have 4 sons,dogs,you name it.The kids used to sit on their "Bigwheel" and throw balls for the dog and hold onto her collar as she chased the ball.Or the time the oldest had his younger brthrs. on a plastic snow dish and was launching them down a VERY FORMAL main
staircase,laughing and giggling all the while.
They have spilled every drink and foodstuff known to man on our beautiful floors.My advice,is WAX.Hard plastic type finishes will not stand up to serious abuse.Wax on the other hand is such that it dosen't really scratch,but kinda just "rubs".
Oh yeah and the wife and I get our laughs when we wax twice a year and watch as the boys slip and slide.We enjoy the character marks and the very occasional maintenance.

stra8tfan

12:14PM | 11/20/01
Member Since: 11/19/01
2 lifetime posts
I have Pergo in about 1900 square feet of my home and I hate it. I'm going round with the contractors and Pergo right now to either get it replaced with new Pergo or the floor of my choice.
I had it installed because it was supposed to be low maintenance and hassle free. Well, it's just the opposite. It is scratched, scuffed, has dents, and if you walk in with any moisture on your shoes it leaves marks. They say to damp mop which I do and it leaves water marks that look terrible. The whole back of my house is windows so everything shows. I wouldn't recommend it. I would go with real hardwood or tile. I don't have small children or big dogs on my floor, just normal foot traffic.Pergo did tell me that the floor shouldn't be scratching so we'll see if they stand behind their warranty.
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