06:10PM | 11/03/03
Member Since: 11/02/03
1 lifetime posts
My wife and I want to install wood flooring in our Living Room, Halls, and Stairway.
We have a 55lb. dog that's very active. Doorbell rings and she's a runnin'! Anyway, we don't want to install something that will be easily scratched up.
What would you recommend we install? Wood or Laminate? Which brand would you recommend that could hold up the best?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!


08:27PM | 11/03/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
a laminate floor will scratch less than a hardwood floor (however a hardwood floor can be refinished,not a laminate)...most brands of laminate will work fine,i dont think any one is much better than the others...(stay away from the $.99 stuff) home depot has a 25yr warrenty product for $1.99..called hampton.................good luck


11:41AM | 11/04/03
Member Since: 10/19/03
4 lifetime posts
Had a friend install engineeed hard wood floors and in less than a year his dogs had ruined them and he had to sand and re-finish (which can only be done once with engineered wood floors). Laminate is much more resistant.


11:51AM | 11/04/03
Member Since: 08/27/03
254 lifetime posts
Engineered wood should be able to be refinished a few times. You may be refering to a vaneer wood. The thickness on an engineered such as Kahrs is almost as thick as the 3/4 inch solid.
It really depends on the scratches and the person sanding the floors. Laminate will hold up better, but scratches and dings are "character" for real wood. And real wood WILL last longer than laminate as long as its not thin vaneer. No matter what, your floors will get some wear, even on the highest end laminates over time, so evaluate if you can deal with "character, and buy real wood and area rugs, If your plan is for the short term, and budget is tight, go with laminate and area rugs.


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