laminated floor [life expectancy & quality]


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Old 10-24-05, 09:25 AM
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laminated floor [life expectancy & quality]

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We want to know, from your experince,
1. what is the life length of laminated floor. After How many years we need to replacer it and put a new one.
2. How can we check/know that we r buying a good laminted floor product.

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Old 10-24-05, 09:51 AM
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It is recommended that you purchase a flooring product manufactured by a major manufacturer that offers good, better, best levels of quality, warranty, and price. An engineered wood flooring product is a thin veneer of real wood over several plies of substrate. The thicker the veneer layer and the more plies the better. Some of the less expensive products can not be sanded for refinishing. Plastic laminate is a picture of real wood, tile, slate, or other material over which a wear layer is applied. It can not be sanded and refinished.
 
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Ya, when they say laminated floor, I don't know if they are talking about glueless laminate, or cross-ply engineered wood flooring.
 
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Old 10-24-05, 05:58 PM
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It is recommended that you purchase a flooring product manufactured by a major manufacturer that offers good, better, best levels of quality, warranty, and price. An engineered wood flooring product is a thin veneer of real wood over several plies of substrate. The thicker the veneer layer and the more plies the better. Some of the less expensive products can not be sanded for refinishing. Plastic laminate is a picture of real wood, tile, slate, or other material over which a wear layer is applied. It can not be sanded and refinished.
our question is, if we r going to buy a laminted floor (and not a hard wood floor), what is the life length of such kind of product in usual ?
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Old 10-24-05, 07:33 PM
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The life expectancy of any floor covering is determined by its quality, the quality of the installation, its use and abuse, and proper maintenance. Depending upon manufacturer and quality, plastic laminate can last 10-20 years. It is marketed as an alternative to vinyl floor coverings. Engineered wood products, depending upon manufacturer and quality, and ability to sand and refinish could last many years. Manufacturers of top quality engineered wood floors claim they can be sanded any refinished as many as five times. Depending upon activity level of household and maintenance, refinishing may not have to be done but every few years and could possibly have the life expectancy of solid hardwood. If your concerns are life expectancy, purchase a major manufacturer's product with a good finish warranty, and stay away from names of which you have never heard.
 
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Originally Posted by roies
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We want to know, from your experince,
1. what is the life length of laminated floor. After How many years we need to replacer it and put a new one.
2. How can we check/know that we r buying a good laminted floor product.

Thanks
Roie

1.) From 1 - 10 years. They have not been on the market here in the US for more then 10 years, so I can't say they last 25 years now can I? I have replace many laminate floors with engineered laminated wood floor, but never wood floor with laminate flooring.

2.) Buy HDF instead of MDF core. Do your research! They don't like us to get brand specific here on the message board, but look for HDF core.
 
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1.) From 1 - 10 years. They have not been on the market here in the US for more then 10 years, so I can't say they last 25 years now can I? I have replace many laminate floors with engineered laminated wood floor, but never wood floor with laminate flooring.

2.) Buy HDF instead of MDF core. Do your research! They don't like us to get brand specific here on the message board, but look for HDF core.
What is the different between laminate floors and engineered laminated wood floor?
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Laminate is a plastic layer that is a photograph, bonded to a pressed core board(cardboard) They are glueless not where installation is involved. The installation floats, without being attached to the substrate in any way


Engineered cross-ply laminated wood, is basically plywood with a top thin veneer of the species of wood you want. It is wood, not fake wood look. It can be fastened down with staples, glued down with urethane adhesive. or some can be floated.
 
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Laminate is a plastic layer that is a photograph, bonded to a pressed core board(cardboard) They are glueless not where installation is involved. The installation floats, without being attached to the substrate in any way


Engineered cross-ply laminated wood, is basically plywood with a top thin veneer of the species of wood you want. It is wood, not fake wood look. It can be fastened down with staples, glued down with urethane adhesive. or some can be floated.
is the Engineered cross-ply laminated wood is kind of Formica?
What is the average percentange between the price of each one of those?
 
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a floating laminate floor is the FAKE stuff - a plastic photograph of wood on an MDF or HDF core. can never be refinished. when it's damaged, you throw it away.

engineered wood floors are REAL WOOD - a thin veneer of real wood on top of a plywood substrate. it can be refinished (sanded, stained) like a solid hardwood floor, but only a few times.

search online or at your local flooring stores for pricing. generally, a laminate floor will be less expensive than an engineered wood floor, but there are probably really bad/cheap wood floors that would be less money than the very best quality, most expensive laminate floors.

does Formica make flooring now? i know they make laminate counter tops, but that's a whole different kind of "laminate".
 
 

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