She knew she wanted to get rid of the old linoleum (thank goodness), and she also knew she wanted wood floors which would be continued from the entryway in through the kitchen. But of course, she did not want to spend a lot of money. I had heard good things about the new laminate flooring, so I researched the wood/laminate options and this is what I found:
|Scratch Resistance||good4||very good|
|Ease of Maintenance||good||very good|
|Ease of Repair||good||poor|
|Can floor be refinished?||yes (not acrylic impregnated)||no|
|Install over concrete slab||if glue or float||yes, floating|
|Installation Methods||glue, staple, float||some pre-glued
|Easy To Install (DIY)||glueless floating – yes
staple-down – maybe
glue-down – messy
|Life expectancy of floor (in years)||25+3||< 20|
Resource- Floor Facts.com
Can you tell the difference? Natural Oak Laminate is on the left. Solid Oak Hardwood is on the right.
One important factor they left off of this comparison chart- price. I checked quite a few sources and found the same results- hardwood flooring is two to three times more expensive.
So what did Lorraine decide on? She is planning to sell her home in about five years so she is trying to get the home ready for resale. Plus, a big factor in her decision was pricing. She decided she would go with the laminate flooring, in a medium finish which will work well with her existing furnishings as well as her new cabinets and new counter tops. It will look beautiful! Comments? Questions? Advice?
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