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Both floors have their advantages and disadvantages, it depends on the home. Hardwood has 2 main styles, solid or engineered wood. Solid wood floors are the most common and thought of as"traditional" wood flooring. These floors are nailed or stapled into place. The thickness is 3/4" and at times 3/8" giving you choice for a more attractive seam at doorways. These floors can only be installed on solid plywood or OSB. Also they are not able to be placed subgrade. Engineered wood floors are plywood with a thinner piece of solid wood affixed to the face. The surface wood will vary in thickness as will the exact height of the floor. Allowing you options to choose the most desirable. Engineered flooring can be glued, stapled, or floating (most floors have the ability to be installed 1 or 2 of these methods check before buying). If you are looking for an exotic species, they are often used as engineered to keep the cost down. Most can be installed subgrade. Wood in general is available in a wide varies of species including, oak, maple, cherry, pine, beech, walnut, and ash. Some species are much harder then others. This should be a big deciding factor. If damaged it can be sanded and repaired. The finishes tend to shine more then laminate because they are polyurethaned. They are moisture sensitive especially at doors and around toilets and sinks where there is repeated water exposure. Wood flooring prices start around $3 sq ft. Laminate floors are a thin particle board with a veneered picture of wood or tile. Installation is floating, so the boards are not affixed to the floor only to each other. Laminate can be installed subgrade. Laminates are very inexpensive starting at about $.75 a square foot. You can get the look of an expensive exotic wood without anything close to the price tag. If you do not like natural variations in wood, laminate is a good choice. The picture on the boards usually only repeats a few times. Giving a very uniform look to the flooring. Easily installed, only requiring a beginners knowledge of a saw to cut boards at walls. Laminate is more scratch resistant then wood, but unlike wood it cannot be easily repaired. You cannot sand them so your only other option is to pull up the board. Manufactures have instructions to do so, but it rarely looks natural after. Like wood, laminate is moisture sensitive and should not be used in areas exposed to a lot of water. Most laminate has a very matte finish. It cannot be shined because the surface is non porous and polythene and wax will not adhere. A few laminates today come with a shiny finish, but are not able to be "reshined" once that look has worn. If you are looking for a floor that is inexpensive or you don't plan to keep it much more then 10 years, laminate is a good choice. Wood though is a good choice if you are looking for the long term investment. If you like a high shine on your floor, wood is your best choice. Wood does cost more then laminate, but not always by a lot.

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The floors themselves install in a very similar fashion. If you want a floor with a lot of shine, you will want to go with hardwood. If cost is an issue, laminate.



Laminate floor cannot be refinished. It will have to be replaced. Hardwood flooring can be refinished.


No, laminate is floating type of floor installed over an insulation pad. Hardwood floor has to be nailed, stapled or glued to the subfloor. If you do manage to install hardwood on top of laminate sooner or later your Laminate floor will expand due to high temperature or humidity and it will create gaps between hardwood planks.


When shopping for hardwood floors for your home, you’ll have to make a choice between installing a real hardwood floor or a laminate floor. It might seem like a cut and dry decision that choosing real hardwood is the better option, but owning a laminate floor has its merits. When you have to make the choice between a hardwood floor and a laminate floor, the deciding factor is always money. Hardwood floors cost much more than laminate floors, which makes laminate flooring a great option for people who are on a tight budget. In the past, laminate floors often looked cheap and inferior to real hardwood flooring, but with newer manufacturing techniques and increased consumer demand, it is often hard to tell the difference between a laminate floor and the real thing. The next issue that you need to think about when choosing between a laminate floor and hardwood is where you plan to install the floor. Real hardwood floors are not easy to install in every room. This is because real hardwood planks need to be glued to a subsurface or nailed into place. Doing so may be impractical and expensive. For example, if you have to install a hardwood floor over a cement slab, you will need to level the slab, sand it, and then apply glue, all labor intensive jobs that can cost a lot money. You also have to be careful about installing a real hardwood floor in places like the bathroom or kitchen where there the potential for a lot of exposure to moisture, which may cause the floor to warp or buckle. Instead, a laminate floor may be ideal. These floors are installed very easily without the need for glues or nails and can be placed over virtually any subsurface. Finally, you may want to consider the durability and ease of maintenance that a laminate floor has to offer. Laminate floors are resistant to scratching, fading, staining, and impacts that can damage the surface of real hardwood floors. On top of this, they are easy to clean, needing only a light vacuuming and mopping every now and then. Because of this, they are ideal flooring options for people who have kids or pets that may dirty the house a lot. If you’re making the decision between hardwood and laminate flooring, make sure you think about these things before making your purchase. Real hardwood floors are not suitable for every home and for every family. If yours is one of them, laminate flooring is a good choice.


Swiffer Wet Jets are safe for laminate flooring. To clean a hardwood laminate floor without damaging it, you should use a mop and hot water. Wring the mop out so it is not dripping wet.


Yes, you can install a laminate floor system over existing hardwood floors. Just be sure that the existing hardwood is pretty smooth or the hump in the floor will transfer through. You must use a vapor barrier over your existing hardwood to reduce sound as well as moister transfere between two floor systems. Be sure to let your new floor acclimate to your room temp. for at least 48 hrs. this is especially important if you are installing floor in the winter.



Depending on how deep the stains on your hardwood floors. If you have a stain that is recent, you may be able to clean the floor with hardwood strip cleaner, if not then you may have to restrip the floor.


The differences are as follows: 1. Appearance: Hardwood floors have a tremendous variation in its texture and hence provides a new look each time. In case of Laminate flooring the same pattern repeats after a certain time. 2. Durability: The hardwood floors are much more durable than that of laminate floors. But there are few laminate flooring that are durable too depending upon the laminate material used. 3. Repairing and Maintenance: The maintenance of both the flooring is easier but hardwood floor require a little more attention than the laminate floor. But if there is any scratch or crack then repairing laminate floor is difficult than repairing a hardwood floor. 4. Safety: Hardwood is a natural material and hence it is 100% non-toxic and eco-friendly. While laminate flooring is made by mixing various components mixed with melamine resin at high temperatures and hence are toxic and not an eco-friendly one. aaflooringdirect.com


Laminate flooring combines natural looking designs with a tough, durable finish and can be used in almost any area of the home. Laminate floors also offer realistic designs and can replicate the characteristics of the popular handscraped hardwood floors


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NO, this should not be done . Ceramic flooring needs a solid base


Generally, you can't. Laminate is not like hardwood. It is only a picture of wood with a plastic surface. If it didn't shine when you bought it, there is little you can safely do to make it shine later. Never use any kind of wax or hardwood floor shine on a laminate. This will simply leave you with a mess!


The flooring is all up to you. If you prefer a hardwood floor, go with that. If you want a rug floor, that's okay too. You can always do a combo of them, and make some of your floor hardwood, and the rest rug.


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Yes you can lay laminate floor over old hardwood floor, but why would you want to? You can lay laminate over a large variety of surfaces, not carpet, ha ha. Would it not be less expensive, faster, more conservitive, and more beautiful to refinish the existing wood floor? Just a thought.


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