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Old 09-04-2007, 04:58 PM   #21
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Thanks everyone. I was almost sure what the consensus was going to be. Really wanted confirmation of how I felt. Spend the money go hardwood forget the laminate which is what I will do. I should have asked if DIY or professional installation was better. I think I will just bite the bullet and get some professional installed flooring.
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Old 09-04-2007, 05:44 PM   #22
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I put Bruce Dundee strip in our family room and our bedroom. It is a 3/4 inch prefinished oak floor. DIY is not hard to do with these floors if you decide to go that way. You will need a electric chop (or miter) saw. I used a hand saw for the family room and the electric miter saw for the bedroom. Guess which one I did first? I would also recommend an air assisted nailer for the work. On the family room I used a nailer that was activated by how hard you hit the nailer. It takes a lot longer to hand drive the nail after you didn't hit the nailer hard enough because you were tired. The pneumatic nailer works fine every time. It took me a weekend to do the bedroom.
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Old 09-04-2007, 06:47 PM   #23
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Thanks everyone. I was almost sure what the consensus was going to be. Really wanted confirmation of how I felt. Spend the money go hardwood forget the laminate which is what I will do. I should have asked if DIY or professional installation was better. I think I will just bite the bullet and get some professional installed flooring.
It can be done DIY, but you'll need to rent a few specialized tools (normally I buy all my tools but not if I only going to use them once every 20 or so years)...I finally decided by the time I bought all the wood, rented all the equipment, etc it was cheaper to have it done by the pro's.

It came out to about $8/sf *installed* for solid oak hardwood floor with 3 coats of poly...I honestly don't think I could have done it cheaper myself and they did it in about 6 hours (with 2 more days of 45minutes to recoat).
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I prefer "engineered" wood flooring over laminates. A laminate is basically a picture of wood glued to MDF. Engineered flooring is a real wood veneer glued to MDF and finished with a tough ceramic coating.
I'm with twaddle on this one. Kids wanted laminate (pergo) in their bedrooms. I just couldn't get past the artificial look of it (OK, I am a snob about some things).

Found an 'engineered' product at IKEA. Pretty cheap, and about 3/16" of birch over the MDF substrate. All pre-finished. Tight fit, it was kind of a pain to install. Looks good, but not as flat or as solid feeling as 3/4 hardwood.

We have 3/4" T&G red oak in several rooms downstairs. Night and day difference, but this engineered stuff was pretty good for an older kids room. Personally, unless you are really good, I would leave the sand/staining of a hardwood floor to the pros. The experience pays off in getting a nice even finish w/o hills/valleys. I don't think they charge all that much compared to the cost renting the sander, and of a substandard finish on all that expensive hardwood.

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Go with the real thing! And I second the opinions for hiring the pros. Get 'er done!
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Old 09-05-2007, 02:27 PM   #26
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My older (circa 1950) home came with hardwood throughout. Resurfaced them about 8 years ago. Still looking great!
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Engineered wood flooring is the best route, imho. Laminates like "pergo" feel like teflon and look fake. Engineered planks are tongue and grooved with a factory finish. Find the color and finish you like and it installs as easy as Pergo, but it is real wood.
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Being frugal, I bought used maple flooring that came out of a school that was built in 1936. It cost $1/sf and the pieces were up to 14' in length. Used a drum sander to level the wood and to strip the old wax build-up. Then used a large floor model pad sander with finer grit. Floor has been down for 15 years without refinishing. Still looks and feels great. I imagine I will probably refinish it in another 10 years. Real wood can be refinished many times.
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