We are going to replace existing tile and carpet with either laminate or wood flooring. We have a concrete foundation. I am looking at the Harris Tarkett Vanguard Hardwood, but we have a 90 lb. german shepard and I am concerned the floor will be scratched too much. Does anyone have any suggestions? Is laminate a better choice?
Laminate will take the wear and tear more with the dog, although if the dog happens to scratch it up, you cannot sand and refinish like you can with a wood. If you plan on being in the house for quite some time, pick a real hardwood, and refinish when needed. And buy area rugs to help with the scratches.
After seeing a friends home who just installed laminate in their LR I must say I'm conviced I really do want hardwood floors. This is not our dream home. (we're military) but I would rather put a little more money into our floors then have something I'm not happy with. They do have stuff that you can fill in your scratches with on laminates but it just isn't the same. And area rugs as mentioned might help cut down on the dog scratching up the floor. Now here's my question about installing real hardwood floors.. We also have a concrete slab and I have been told that it's better to install laminate for moisture purposes. If we install real hardwood we need to lay down plywood then the hardwood. However the company the puts in the hardwood flooring for the builders we bought from glued the hardwood right on the concret slab. It looks nice but can you really do this and not have a problem or is it better to lay down plywood first?? Thanks for any suggestions! Tamara
before i started to post on the board ,i had never heard of laying plywood down first.some of the pros here will tell you thats the way to do it. (if you want solid wood over a cement slab)one of the main reasons for engineered hardwood is so you can glue direct to a cement slab.i think the reason for the confusion is a west coast/eastcoast thing.....good luck
OK just so I'm understanding this correctly.. Engineered wood is almost like laminate? Or does it have thin single planks like real hardwood? I don't want the flat look like laminate gives you. Although it's nice I really want hardwood. Is this what engineered wood is? And what do they mean by "floating"? I'm assuming they mean that you can put down a moisture barrier? Thanks for all your help! I'm sure I'll have more questions. I have plenty of time since this is going to be started in Nov.
engineered means made in layers (in the same way that plywood is made in layers)this gives the wood strength in all directions.engineered wood can come as a floating floor or as pieces 2-1/4" wide tru about 6" wide.in my area 3/4" solid ia almost never installed over cement. the reason for engineered is so that you can glue direct to a cement floor.a floating floor(layed over foam with a moisture barrier attached) is another way to install over cement. an engineered floor will withstand water damage much better that a solid floor will. from the top down most engineered floors will look the same as a 3/4" solid.a floating floor not as much...hope this helps.....good luck
Just so I know I have this correct.. I have heard someone mention Harris Tarkett Vanguard. I was at HD today but everyone was too busy to help me. It looks really nice. Also Bruce engineered wood looks nice too. Is the vanguard an engineered wood? If so or with any engineered wood we can glue right to the concrete?? And if so are they pre-glued or do you have to buy glue seperately? What is the best glue?
with home depot,dont shop on the weekend if you can help it.or if you do, go early or late.but you will need to find out what the proper install method is for this floor ( i'm not sure) if its a glue down i'm sure home depot will have the correct adhesive,and yes you will be able to glue direct to the concrete...good luck
Through this site I have learned quite a bit about hardwood flooring so I thank everyone for their opinions and help!! I have 2 options and they are either to do it ourselves or to have it done. I was quoted a price that really wasn't bad at all to have it all installed and I'm thinking that's our better option. But if we do it oursleves I've been looking online and currently looking at Ifloors.com at Bruce and I'm curious as to how thick the strips or planks need to be when we glue them to the concrete?? I noticed some are 1/4" and some are 3/4".