FLooring choices

Old 10-06-03, 09:36 AM
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FLooring choices

I have a question on what type of flooring I should consider.

Here is the situation:

Adding an extension to my dining room (on 2nd floor) . The floor is a hardwwod (oak). I have the the following options:

(1) In the extention only, match a new hardwood floor to existing floor (~200 sq ft). This may be diffucult, however the exisitn floor would have to be sanded and bot floors re-poly'd.

(2) Remove old floor (~80 sq ft) and lay down all new hard wood flooring (~280 sq ft)

(3) Remove old floor and lya down a "pergo" type of hardwood floor (~280 sq ft)

What are the advantages or disadvantages to using a "pergo" type floor over a hardwood floor?

Are there any?

Thanks for your help

Old 10-06-03, 02:43 PM
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Is there a floor divider between the rooms? If so this might not be a big deal between floors as the transition peice will give that "separate look". If there is no divider than I would refinish the existing older floor to match the new floor. You do not need to rip it out especially if you only have 280 sf. 280 sf will take no time at all as long as you know how to use the equipment. If you do not ask the people you rent from to show you how or I (or someone else on this forum) will be happy to explain a few techniques to you. You may not have to refinish the new floor is it has fresh poly on it and it is not stained. If it has ambered like many oil products do then you may have to.
There is no advantage to Pergo over hardwood so I would not recommend that plan. To me the number one difference is that hardwood will increase the value of a home. Pergo does nothing to the value. I am not knocking Pergo but in the long run, if you want the "look" of hardwood why not spend a liitle more money and get the real thing? The price difference between Pergo and Hardwood is not that big and take it from me, it is not as easy to install as Home Depot and those TV shows make it seam. Hope this helped a bit. Best of luck to you.

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