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Old 09-03-06, 07:00 PM
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We have a house under construction and will have a concrete slab. Does anyone know the pros and cons of a laminate floor verses an engineered or wood floor? Thanks for any suggestions.
 
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The pros about laminate wood flooring is it's cheaper than hardwood flooring. It is also pretty easy installation for a DIY'er, if it's being installed properly. Since there are so many different styles, types and brands of laminate, there will be different warranty coverage as well. I would preferrably choose a laminate wood that has a longer warranty. That being said...the brand to have been around that long as well.

Depending on how much is going on in your home, consider how much traffic is going around. For instance, do you have a pet? Would you be worried about your dog or cat scratching up the floor? Many members have been concerned with that.

There has been positive and negative opinions about laminate on how it looks as it is not real wood. You may want to look at some samples and see if you like it or not. See how well the laminate you choose if chosen will stand up to scratches, drops, mishaps...

Laminate vs. hardwood...hardwood brings more value to your home. Afterall, laminate wood is a floating floor...and, once again, not real wood.

Don't want to confuse you more or overload you, but here are a few articles I thought you might like to take the time to read:

http://www.doityourself.com/stry/realwoodvslaminate

http://www.doityourself.com/stry/woodsolidengineered

Please check back as the pros may have more to offer.
 
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Great info. Just what we were looking for.
 
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