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Due the construction of the laminate flooring, it creates a hollow sound when people walk on the it, especially high heels. It is strongly suggested that a person use a more expensive backing when installing the laminate, this will give it a more hardwood sound.

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Yes! Of course you can. Laminate flooring has some great qualities: its cleaning and maintenance and very easy. It can mimic many other pricier floors like marble, hardwood, tile. It can be installed anywhere really-even below grade installation. It's an easy DIY project and its environmentally friendly too.


A bronzed birch laminate flooring will best match bleached oak cabinets. The dark color of the wood flooring would really compliment the pale colored cabinets.


Gingerwood is good, but not as solid as traditional oak flooring. It will be cheaper, however.


no I have seen it done (really), but it's a bad idea.


If your laminate didn't shine out of the box, nothing will really shine it. A clean floor shines more then a dirty one. Use a good laminate cleaner, like Pergo's.


Are you looking for a way to transform your home without spending a fortune? New floors can instantly update your home. Laminate floors are extremely beautiful and desirable in a home. Homeowners are choosing laminate floors for an easy to maintain alternative to hardwood flooring. Laminate floors provide you with easy clean-up and a modern look. If you are looking to replace your current flooring with laminate, you will need to contact a laminate flooring installation specialist. It is possible to install laminate floors yourself, but professional installation will ensure your floors will be secure and stable. Laminate flooring can be purchased at a low price. With a little research, you can find wholesale laminate flooring to suite your budget. There are a variety of colors, styles and finishes to choose from when it comes to laminate. Visit a laminate showroom to see the floors in person. Once you decide on a look, compare prices to find the best deal. Laminate is very versatile. Prices can vary greatly depending on your selection. See if the company you are purchasing laminate flooring from offers installation. Sometimes, the price includes installation. Compare prices. You will need to compare prices before choosing a laminate installer. Installing laminate involves proper placement and spacing. It may seem simple, but it is best left to an experienced laminate installation specialist. You want to choose someone who is trusted and reliable. We have all heard the horror stories about contractors ripping up floors or knocking down walls without finishing the job. You can avoid a real nightmare by going with a reputable company for your laminate installation needs. Have the company view the area before providing you with a quote. You want to get the best estimate possible in order to make a realistic decision. Unexpected costs or hidden fees can really be a burden, especially if you are working within a budget, as most of us are.


laminate is very durable and easy to clean, but its cheap looking and tacky. good if you have kids, bad if you have taste. Laminate flooring can be loud when you walk on it depending on the subfloor and installation method. Otherwise, it can look really nice. I like it because it is easy to clean. Swiffer it and you're done.


It really makes no difference, except that some form of underlayment or backing is necessary to a successful installation. The existence of a backing already applied to the laminate makes no difference as to the quality of the flooring. But floors installed with no backing or foam or felt underlayment are prone to cracking and splitting, and are very noisy underfoot.


The thickness is mainly for refinishing. Thicker wood can be refinished more times than thinner. If you are laying on a cement slab, you want to use a vapor barrier. Some flooring products have a barrier preinstalled on the undersideof the flooring.


You can go to www.lumberliquidators.com to receive not only a huge discount on hardwood floors, but receive great customer service. The employees really know what they are talking about and can answer any and all of your questions. It is worth checking into!


Bamboo can be as durable as hardwood - Hardwood Flooring has many more options on the Janka Hardness chart though. For example Carbonized bamboo (1180 on the Janka chart) doesn't come near Maple ( Janka rating = 1450) and bamboo doesn't come near Ipe, the most durable hardwood in the world. Some bamboo floors are more durable than others (Teragren uses bamboo that has been matured for 5+years making it stronger) also if you decide to install bamboo make sure you keep the adhesive eco friendly as well.... you can really ruin the "going Green" aspect of bamboo flooring with the wrong adhesive!


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I would say dark walnut wood flooring for indoors as it compliments whatever decor is around and gives the room really extravagant lighting suitable for any occasion.


20 to 50 years if you look at the warranty which doesnt really cover much. in the real world it really matters more on care & maint. but plan on about 5 years of good and full service for ever $1 you spend per foot is a good rule of thumb


Engineered oak flooring is wooden floors that have been created especially for flooring. It can vary in costs in many ways. It all really depends on what kind of what flooring you get.


No really, it grows on trees.


Depends on the application really. The prefinished hardwood they are making now is fabulous. I would say, unless you are restoring a historic property, or have a reason to use unfinished, go with the prefinished. You wont have the mess, it will be done quickly, no fumes. No moving everything out at once, you can go one room at a time.Wife of a flooring contractor


wel i know that it has louder louder louder and higher higher higher but i do not know the answer which is a shame because it's really good


Each individual strip of hardwood flooring is nailed to the sub-flooring below it.You're not going to be able to do that with a terrazzo floor.If you attempt to glue plywood down to the floor first, it's going to end up buckling.The temperature and humidity on one side of the plywood will be different then the other because of the cement.If you really want to do this, you're going to have to put a vapor barrier over the cement,build a deck over the vapor barrier, nail plywood to the deck, and then run the hardwood over that.It's a lot of work, a big expense and the floor in that room is going to now be 3" higher then it was.There are several kinds of laminated flooring systems that "float".They just sit on top of the vapor barrier and they're under 1/2" thick.Some of them have real hardwood vineers and look just like traditional hardwood floors.You might want to consider one of those.I cant believe you want to cover terrazzo, can't you just have it restored?


Choosing the right flooring in a home is so important. The type of materials you use should be durable and able to withstand the abuse of heavy foot traffic. But with the number of options available, it can be quite hard to find a floor that works well for you and your family. What's more, you want the floor to also make a statement in your home, ensuring that it increases its value and not diminish it. Before running out and spending money on carpeting or hardwood, you may want to know the pros and cons of each and why you should choose one over the other.Carpeting is one of the least expensive flooring options on the market. Though many people find carpet to be outdated, there are still many benefits to having it. This floor will add insulation to your home, which may help to cut down on energy bills at the end of the month. You can also choose a carpeting style that fits well with your home and looks good against the colors of your walls and accessories. It is also very easy to install, which means that you may be able to lay the carpeting down yourself without having to call an installation expert.Hardwood is currently the most popular flooring options. This material can really create a modern, sleek look to a home and increase its value by thousands of dollars. The only downfall with hardwood is that it can be very expensive, especially if you get the real thing. Laminate flooring resembles hardwood, but is not as expensive. Moreover, you will need to hire a professional installer to put the flooring down since there are special techniques that need to be applied to the material when laying it. For many people, hardwood is just not within their family's budget.It is important to do your homework before you go out shopping and buying. While it can be hard to choose the right flooring, the type you decide on will make a difference in your life, home, and in the home's value. While carpeting is inexpensive and beneficial, it does very little to increase the house value. Hardwood is extremely expensive, but it is what buyers are looking for when purchasing a new home. You should consider all of the pros and cons before you begin buying carpeting or hardwood and laying it within the home.


If you're talking about typical laminate underlayment, which is thin foam padding that is attached to a thin sheet of plastic, then it should just be attached with a light adhesive strip on one side of the underlayment sheets. It could easily be removed by simply pulling it from the floor.If you are talking about something else, then it would really depend on the type of vinyl you are using. If it is a loose-lay vinyl, such as Armstrong's Stratamax, then you would be okay to lay it over top. If, however, it is standard vinyl flooring, and requires an adhesive of some sort, then you would be best to remove the underlayment, smooth out your sub-floor, and install it as normal.


Many people use ceramic tile in the kitchen; however, I believe laminate flooring is the best option unless your kitchen is just a showcase and not often used. Vinyl flooring (aka-linoleum) is a cheap alternative but it looks like a cheap alternative. Each surface has pros and cons so the choice is really about what is right for your home. Vinyl


It really depends on what you are looking for. Vinyl flooring does deteriorate after years of wear and tear but it is cheap. It may not look as nice as ceramic tile or wood flooring.


Each individual strip of hardwood flooring is nailed to the sub-flooring below it.You're not going to be able to do that with a cement floor.If you attempt to glue plywood down to the floor first, it's going to end up buckling.The temperature and humidity on one side of the plywood will be different then the other because of the cement.If you really want to do this, you're going to have to put a vapor barrier over the cement,build a deck over the vapor barrier, nail plywood to the deck, and then run the hardwood over that.It's a lot of work, a big expense and the floor in that room is going to now be 3" higher then it was.There are several kinds of laminated flooring systems that "float".They just sit on top of the vapor barrier and they're under 1/2" thick.Some of them have real hardwood vineers and look just like traditional hardwood floors.You might want to consider one of those.




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