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Picklesfrank

05:24AM | 09/12/04
Member Since: 09/11/04
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Hi! I need to replace stained/smelly carpet in a large (for me!) 18 by 40 foot living/ dining room in a 1940s Cape Cod. Do to cost concerns, I will probably be installing the floor myself and I have very limited do-it-yourself skills.

I have been trying to decide between lamintate flooring and hardwood. My main concern is that I have four pets, two of which are rather large dogs (including a great dane/wolfhound mix at 85 pounds). The other dog is still being housetrained. I am very concerned about wear and tear and also liquid/water damage (from toe nails, running, and "mistakes").

Opinions on laminate versus hardwood for pet owners, comments on the ease of installation and brand names/lines to consider would be greatly appreciated.

I have been pricing both hardwood and laminates and have found the chain "Lumber Liquidators" to have the best prices in my area. Any comments?

Also, due to the fact that my home is not brand new...the walls are often not quite square and there are places where the floors are not perfectly level. Tips for installation?

Thanks!

-Picklesfrank

Picklesfrank

05:46AM | 09/12/04
Member Since: 09/11/04
3 lifetime posts
Sorry, not enough coffee this a.m.- "DUE to cost concerns...":-)

-Picklesfrank

tomh

08:22AM | 09/12/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
558 lifetime posts
I installed hardwood floors two years ago and they have acquired a definite patina from the large dogs. The scratches do not penetrate the finish, but definitely make a dent in it. The very hard wood species are more resistant but will still mark. I have also installed the commercial grade Wilson Art laminate (Estate Plus Series from FloorOne.com) over the best acoustic cushion. This has been easy to clean, has great acoustic qualities, and does not have a mark on it.

I like the hardwood, but if scratches bother you, the high pressure laminates are better. Be aware there are big differences in laminate quality. A quality pad can be forgiving of minor surface problems, but you may need to fill or sand significant defects, whether you use wood or laminate. Laminate is easier and faster to install and can be used on concrete slabs and places hardwood is not recommended. Waterproof laminates are available. Wood increases your property values more than laminate, and is refinishable in the event of damage. Do not buy pine, American Cherry or other softer species.

Picklesfrank

05:04PM | 09/16/04
Member Since: 09/11/04
3 lifetime posts
Thanks, "tomh" for you reply. Since I am unsure of how long I'll be in the house, I believe that the laminate might be the best choice for me. I want to make sure that the floors look good in a couple of years. Did you install yours yourself? I've been reading that it is not that difficult.

Thanks,

Pickles Frank
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