Laminate Floor

kellykathNovember 20, 2012

Long story short . . . I have a very small 1100 sq. ft. 93 yr old beach rental. The tenants who lived there previously were there 21 years and I now have some work on the house to do. Pulled the carpet up and had hardwood floors too damaged to repair - am considering putting in a laminate wood floor that looks good, sounds good and feels good. Has anyone put one in recently that has a hand scraped hickory look that looks authentic and did not break the bank? Even tho it's a rental, it needs to look good as I plan to rent mostly in the summer months with repeat renters and enjoy the remaining time ourselves. It's important to have it looking sharp and I don't know much about laminates but keep hearing they are more tolerant with regard to moisture etc. I have real hardwood in my own home but for the rental, I have some other unexpected upgrades so I just can't do everything exactly the way I want. I would love to see pictures from people who love their laminates. Carpet is not an option - and I will most likely add some complimentary tile in the kitchen and bathroom/s. Please help. Thank you so much!

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Sophie Wheeler

"but keep hearing they are more tolerant with regard to moisture etc"

You have been misinformed. While the top layer of laminate may wear slightly better than wood in the presence of pets, the achilles heel of all laminate is moisture. Once it's damaged by moisture, it's ruined completely. Unlike wood. Most wood that gets wet will swell up, but given some time, will settle down and be fine. If not, it can be sanded and refinished.

The best choice for flooring in any beach situation remains porcelain tile. Look at the new ones that look like wood if you want a wood look. And be sure to reinforce the floor's stiffness before installing to keep it from cracking.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 1:36PM
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I agree with Hollysprings with respect to moisture properties of laminate and that full tile would be good for a beach house.

But I look at laminate as inexpensive and easily replaceable. Although not handscraped, I recently put down 1200 sq ft of Quick Step Toasted Hickory Rustique. My main reason was I was going over a slab and my dogs beat up hardwood. So far it is holding up very well under them tearing around.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 8:20AM
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