04:30PM | 01/01/04
Member Since: 12/31/03
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We're trying to decide between new carpeting or laminate flooring for our house. We live in a small house with a five year and another child on the way. I'm looking for advice on pros/cons of laminate vs. carpet. Is laminate durable and okay if children spill on it frequently as long as we wipe it up right away?

I'm also wondering how difficult it is to install laminate by ourselves. My husband and I are inexperienced and not handy! How hard is it to accurately measuer and lay properly? Is it worth it to pay a professional to install it for us?

I would appreciate any advice or comments. Thanks in advance!


07:42AM | 01/02/04
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
in general terms...1...laminate will cost about$4.00/ $5.00 a sf materials only flabor add $2.50 a sf.....2 ..carpet will cost about $3.00 a sf installed for you.
laminate will stand up to kids and dogs ,no problem...(better than carpet)
laminate is an easy diy if you have some skills.....
heres what i would do go to your local home depot,ask to see the hampton laminate (made by shaw) its at a reduced price right now of $ might want to buy the video on how to install ($8.00)also home depot has a free class on how to install
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