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Old February 25th, 2008, 02:08 PM   #1
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  • entry foyer, entry closet, hallway and bath both currently narrow plank hardwoods in need of refinishing.
  • additionally kitchen with island has really crummy vinyl/linoleum that needs to come up. House dates from approximately 1996, and is a "Silverman production house" (for those that know, local pulte wannabe)
  • small section step down from existing kitchen on way to laundry room is carpet, would like it to match the kitchen.
I measured gross square footage (didn't deduct for cabinets/island/stairs, and squared off measurements rounding up significantly) - I came up with ~350 sq ft. of area total.

Looking for options/ballparks and/or references for someone that will do a professional job in a timely fashion:

option a)
tear out vinyl/linoleum/carpet and replace with hardwood, refinish existing hardwoods and match finish on new hardwood to match

option b)
tear out all of the above and replace with a name brand, reputable laminate. the wife likes pergo, but it wasn't until last night when I got her on the laptop reading reviews that she discovered that not only will pergo scratch, but it is also susceptible to chipping
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Lamiate = teh suck... go for an engineered veneer flooring (some will also call it laminate)
I put down ~ 280sq feet of Bruce engineered floor this weekend. Nice and easy, just used alot of flooring staples lol.
The engineered is actual wood not MDF with a sticker on top (pergo) If this finish gets messed i can sand and refinish. It was the cheaper stuff so color consistency is not there between the boxs like some of the more pricey, but it went in spare bedrooms so i wasn't too concerned.
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My house has hardwood floors.
A friend has Pergo.

His always looks like shit.

Hardwood floors would be my only choice (with the exception being a basement)
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Old February 25th, 2008, 03:24 PM   #4
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Lamiate = teh suck... go for an engineered veneer flooring (some will also call it laminate)
I put down ~ 280sq feet of Bruce engineered floor this weekend. Nice and easy, just used alot of flooring staples lol.
The engineered is actual wood not MDF with a sticker on top (pergo) If this finish gets messed i can sand and refinish. It was the cheaper stuff so color consistency is not there between the boxs like some of the more pricey, but it went in spare bedrooms so i wasn't too concerned.
I think I have her convinced to not go with the thin laminates like pergo due to the chipping/scratching issue, and the horror stories a quick google search brings up.

Bruce Engineered would be the brand name? Big box carrier of it? *edit never mind, my lazy ass googled it. http://www.bruce.com/resflram/na/bru...icle24590.html

after 8+ years in the house I also just discovered that she really doesn't like narrow plank hardwoods, and instead prefers wide plank

*sigh*

I have this bad feeling that my toy budget/nest egg is going to go towards completly gutting the flooring in said areas and replacing with all new hardwoods...

Stan only does carpet right? Anyone else in the floor covering trades have a ballpark for me to budget at? Interested in making arrangements to write up a formal bid?

I honestly would prefer to just wait a couple of years until the kids are done chucking hotwheels at each other/me, and/or spilling crap everywhere and replace all the flooring in the house at once, but apparently this past weekend's cleaning efforts brought the issue to a head again...
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Consider bamboo flooring, as well. It's ~25% harder than oak, and is considered a "green" (Earth-friendly) wood because of how fast it grows. We were planning on bamboo flooring from Teragren, but ended up buying a bunch of used oak flooring (pulled from an American Eagle store) from a guy here on greatlakes4x4.com. I'll be installing & refinishing that myself.

We want a "lifetime" floor, so laminates were quickly dropped from the running for us.

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I put bamboo in my bedroom and upstairs landing... love it, was rough on the saw blades though.
After 3 years the only "Wear" that we've had are from our dogs jumping off the bed onto the floor, there are some slight gouges from their nails. But i've got a high bed, and my dogs are 85 and 95 pounds.
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