I know next to nothing regarding wood flooring.
Saw the term: "laminate flooring".
What is laminate flooring ?
Is it "better" than "solid" wood types of flooring ?
Pros and cons ?
Three major types of flooring in addition tot he tiles and that sort:
Real hardwood is top choice for most of us. Had to be professionally
installed, sanded, finished. Durable, but requires some maintenance. Can
NOT be put over concrete easily.
Engineered wood is real hardwood made like a plywood. Factory finish is
very durable, can be refinished if ever needed. Can be installed on
concrete floors below grade. Looks closest to real wood because it is. Many
varieties of wood and finish available. Can be DIY installed.
Laminate is plastic. Similar to the material that has been used on kitchen
countertops. Cheapest of the group Easily maintained. Does not look as
good as real wood, but better brands come close. Cheap brands look like
fake wood. Can be DIY installed.
Check out www.mannington.com for a couple of wood and laminates.
www.wilsonart.com for a good laminate
: I know next to nothing regarding wood flooring.
: Saw the term: "laminate flooring".
: What is laminate flooring ?
: Is it "better" than "solid" wood types of flooring ?
: Pros and cons ?
: Much thanks,
Edwin's got it pretty screwed up. Laminated flooring is, uhh,
well, laminated flooring <g>. It's NOT plastic flooring.
Check out Lowes.com and Homedepot.com if you want to see some
descripts of their laminate flooring and the different kinds that
exist. IMO, Floating Laminate Flooring is a real godsend.
One definition of many:
Laminate Flooring - a hard surface flooring that incorporates a
melamine wearlayer, a print layer, an inner core material, and a
backing that are fused together to form a rectangular plank or
squares with an interlocking tongue and groove system. Mohawk
offers laminate floors that are beautiful replicas of real
hardwood and ceramic tile patterns.
And check out:
are a couple of good sites about it, and there are many more in
case you like to roll your own searches. Those are just the first
hits at google.com
I have laminate flooring in my kitchen the brand name Quick Step and its a
bitch to keep clean!
Useing a micro fiber pad that attaches to a swivel head mop for lack of a
better word, the pad is attached with velcro.
I mist a recomened cleaner on the floor as directed and struggle with the
mop head flipping back out if control when you draw it back towards you, its
almost impossible to push the mop head foward as the microfiber really grips
the floor.Any spec of water that drops on the floor is noticeable.
I miss my sheet vinyl floor.
they seem to hole easily. but i've experinced old ones that seemed very tough.
waste byproducts were one of the ingredients in the old days perhaps?)
maybe as they age they become harder, and don't hole was easily. (plasticizers
ex[ect) OTOH, they may become more brittle.
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1. You can install yourself with basic carpentry skills
2. The finish it extremely durable (more so than real wood in many cases)
3. It's very easy to clean, but the "just cleaned" look lasts about a day
1. Any water on the surface that sits for more than an hour will make joins
bubble up, and to my knowledge is unfixable.
2. You can't refinish it (some kinds say you can but I question the
integrity of what's left afterwards)
3. Your dog will have a hell of a time walking on it.
We have a 500 sqft great room that we installed TrafficMaster laminate. I've
dropped big chunks of firewood on it, a lit cigarette found it way there for
a few minutes, heavy furniture scraped across it, all with no dents,
scratches or anything.
You can spend anywhere from $1 to $8 for laminate. Depending on the type of
wood used you can get a real hardwood floor installed and finished for $7 to
$10 (rural NY).
In most cases I would recommend a real wood floor over the laminate if you
can afford it. If it's in a house you don't really like anyway, laminate
will probably make you happy. The biggest thing about laminates is that you
can't let them get wet. My dad has a glued-together floor and he says water
isn't a problem. We have snap-lock which has a fiberboard base and let me
tell you, you don't want to wait to clean up water spills.
The biggest advantage I've seen with the laminate is that my wife can move a
300 pound sofa herself to clean under it.
Check the warranty. Mannington guarantees their floors from water damage as
long as you are not talking flood damge. My parents have it in a kitchen
and 2 bathrooms and so far it has been perfect. The snap joints are treated
to be water resistent at the factory. In wet areas, silicone caulk is put
under the edge molding to protect cut edges.
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