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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.

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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.



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.


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


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.


No because the old floor is also floating.


No. You have to glue your linoleum on the hard surface, but Laminate is a floating floor and always move.


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.


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.


A laminate tile, which is a floating floor, can be installed with no backboard.


A floating floor is not a type of floor at all. It is a method for installing new hardwood flooring. While the hardwood pieces (known as planks) are attached to each other in ways such as gluing or notching together, they do not need to be attached to the sub-flooring underneath. If it is not attached, it is called a "floating floor."


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


It means that the floor is not glued or nailed down to the subflooring surface. anonymous@oola.com


Yes, it must be a glue down wood or a floating wood floor.


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


Because it shouldn't be there ! -Laminate flooring is supposed to be laid on foam mat and left 'floating', NOT glued to the floor.


Hardwood, carpet, laminate, ceramic tile, vinyl flooring. the list goes on.


Yes, but it must be a floating hardwood floor. It can in no way be glued or nailed into place.


A laminate wood floor product is better since it uses less actual wood that an all wood floor does.


Swiftlock flooring is laminate flooring that is installed as a floating floor. The boards simple lock together and as they are floating and allow space along the perimeters it allows for expansion of the Laminate.


Rubber casters are better for a hardwood floor as they will not scratch the wood surface and not leave black marks on your floor.


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.


Yes you can, if you are talking about a floating floor, like pergo.



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