Is hardwood floor or laminate floor better?
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.
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.
hard wood it is way cheeper but way worse
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.
NO, this should not be done . Ceramic flooring needs a solid base
How do you clean a hardwood laminate floating floor without damaging it Are those swiffer wet jets safe?
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… Read More
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… Read More
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
Hardwood, carpet, laminate, ceramic tile, vinyl flooring. the list goes on.
Any kind of upgrade that you do to your house will most likely increase the house's resale value. Hardwood laminate floors are a commodity that a lot of people would pay good money to have.
Most common types flooring: Hardwood Laminate Tile Carpeting Vinyl
Laminate flooring used on floors can be slippery. Better to use hardwood stained to match your laminate elsewhere or replace the carpet runner.
There is no steam cleaner that should be used on hardwood floors. Although products claim to be safe on wood and laminate, they are not.
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!
Laminate floors are very simple usually hardwood looking floating (meaning you don't actually fasten them to the substrate) floors. Any type of true laminate floor does not actually attach itself to the floor, so as long as your floor is flat, you can install a laminate floor that locks to itself rather than locking to it;s substrate. there are some more requirements, but the requirements all depend on your particular installation.
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.
Yes, you can.
Nowadays, "hardwood" is a generic term used for any type of wood flooring. Woods such as pine are considered soft woods but are still used as "hardwood" flooring. In my experience any floor that has finished wood covering the surface is a hardwood floor. The term is used more loosely today. 50 years ago, a "hardwood" floor meant maple, in almost all cases. Today, man-made laminate "wood" might be called a "hardwood" floor, but flooring… Read More
The Bissell steam mop can be used to clean a vinyl floor. In fact it can also be used on marble, ceramic, stone, laminate, linoleum and sealed hardwood floors.
Remove the laminate floor first
Yes, urine stains do come out of hardwood laminate floors. With a good cleaning, you should be able to remove anything out of laminate floors. That's why is there so widely used.
The laminate flooring is made of fiberboard and fake wood finish while hardwood flooring ismade 100% of wood.
It is NOT recommended to use a steam cleaner on laminate flooring. Water and laminate do not mix, neither does water and hardwood. Ask these steam cleaning manufacturers if they will replace your floors when they get damaged! Answer NEVER! Answer No!!!! Please don't do this. You will ruin your floor. Answer no, never. Steam cleaners and steam mops leave to much water on a laminate floor. I did, just once, and the floor now… Read More
Yes, laminate flooring can easily be damaged by water. It is not waterproof. It is made with recycled hardwood so it needs to be cleaned and treated like hardwood. Also, laminate does not do well in moist/humid areas.
It shouldn't be done. Part of the instalation process is testing for humidity and you won't be able to get an accurate reading. It should be places right on top of the concrete floor under the laminate flooring with a layer of padding and vapor barrier plastic in between. I prefer to get them as one piece, less work. Taking out the laminate is also important to identify any uneven spots in the floor and… Read More
Yes. Assuming that it is a floating floor (ie:Pergo), you can install it over any solid surface. You could also install a glue down laminate as long as you used the appropriate sized glue trowel.
Unless the floor is buckling from an expansion problem then the laminate just follows the floor below it. The time to fix it is before the laminate is installed.
You should not buff a laminate floor.
This would depend on your needs. Ceramic is durable, but grout can be somewhat hard to clean, and it is cold to the feet. Laminate has a really warm look, but is moisture sensitive and hard to repair.
Not a good idea. If you are going to the expense of good hardwood flooring, do it right.
Hardwood Floor Installations depends on various factors and the floors type (Solid Hardwood Floors, Engineered Hardwood Floors, Handscraped Hardwood Floors).
Nope, you need to take out the old one, i believe. Edit - No, I disagree with this. This depends on the situation. If you have a hardwood floor installed on top of plywood, it is generally better to remove the hardwood and replace it. But, if there is no subfloor (and this is sometimes the case in the older homes in our area), then sometimes it is actually fine to install on top of… Read More
For high traffic areas, I would suggest laminate floors. Recently, I was told about a rather new laminate product. It is very resilient and thicker than traditional laminates. It does cost more, but I believe it is worth the investment. Things to think about: If you have a hardwood floor, will it be installed in an area where people will be required to remove their shoes? Will it be installed in a residence or commercial… Read More
Laminate floors are made with recyled hardwood, so you should treat them like hardwood floors. Any regular hardwood cleaning product should work. In particular, Bona is a great product, but there are many others. For both laminate and hardwood, I would avoid products with oil or wax in the name or that promote a shiny finish. These products have wax which will wear down the finish and damage your floors in the long run.
yes, inspect the hardwood and make sure it is down well, and be sure to remove any raised transition strips which may be covered.
Bruce hardwood floor cleaner is the best hardwood floor cleaner for day to day use.
This largely depends on the properties desired. Laminate flooring can be very strong against impact but is very weak against water. Real wood floor also take more work to install and upkeep. However, with proper care they can outlive you. Also, since only the surface of laminates have the coloring a scratch cannot easily be repaired. Where as a light sanding and a new coat of urethane and the real wood floor looks brand new.
If the vinyl is down tight , the answer is YES, Laminate con go over it
Laminate flooring, which looks and feels like hardwood but is typically less expensive and more resistant to scratching
This depends on which objectives are most important to you. Generally, more people prefer hardwood flooring since it's a natural produce and improves your home's value. If it's solid hardwood, it will last much longer and can be refinished multiple times. On other hand, laminate flooring is more scratch resistant and costs less.
Orange Glo is a Hardwood Floor Care business designed especially for people who live in a house with wooden floors. Some products are "Hardwood Floor Everyday Cleaner", "Hardwood Floor 4-in-1 Cleaner" and "Hardwood Floor Refinisher".
you should use laminate but make sure you also put down a vapor barrier first you could also use hardwood but it would have to be glued instead of nailed tooooo much trouble
Pergo is a Laminate floor not a composite, but the answer is no the wax will neither harm nor help a laminate floor
Bruce Hardwood Flooring and Laminate Cleaner. Available at Home Depot.
I'm guessing that you mean penny round tile. If so, no should never lay this over a laminate floor. Laminate floors are floating, so they move and your tile/grout will crack. You are also not supposed tile on top of any form of wood (laminate is recycled hardwood), because it expands and contracts so it will also cause the tile and grout to crack. You should remove the laminate. And then install on top of… Read More
While you can use a hardwood floor cleaner on any type of floor, it will only be effective on hardwood. It won't really help on carpet, and in some cases may damage the carpet.