New house lots of questions


Old 09-11-11, 09:59 AM
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New house lots of questions

I have just bought a house and the main level has three types of floor - hardwood in the entry hall and kitchen/dining, carpet in the living room and family room, and tile in the powder room/bath. The hardwood in the kitchen is not in great shape - it doesn't look like it was finished properly and could use some work; the carpet needs to be replaced as well. I would like to maybe use laminate because I have dogs, but I would like the floor to match, so my questions are:
1. Can I lay laminate over hardwood and then have a "step-down" to the carpet area that would have a threshold of some kind?
2. How hard is laminate to install? Is it really a do-it-yourself project for someone with limited skills and tools?

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Old 09-11-11, 11:57 AM
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Laminate is a floating floor, and yes, you can lay it over the hardwood. I wouldn't, but you can. If the work and finishing of the hardwood is reasonable, I would opt for that. Laminate will never have the character of real wood. After all it is only a picture of wood fastened to a substrate and coated with resins. Where the laminate and carpet meet, yes, you can install a transition strip to make it a little more bearable. Look in the big box stores in their flooring section, and you will see their selection of transitions.
Click lock laminate is easy to install. It is rough on saw blades. You will need a cut off saw and jig saw to give yourself good square and offset cuts.
Old 09-11-11, 01:44 PM
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I would think you could refinish the hardwood for the cost of laminate. You could even DIY it. All you have to do is run a sander and then put on a finish.
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If you really have hardwood, I would refinish it, as Tolyn suggested.

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