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A few things to think about

Posted by Jim on March 4th, 2001 04:19 PM
In reply to Hardwood vs laminate floors by Marko on March 4th, 2001 10:50 AM [Go to top of thread]

You need to keep in mind that nothing is scratch proof or damage proof. Hardwood is real wood that scratches, dents and swells. Laminate is a plastic type product that is made up of a wood or fiber core, several layers of craft paper soaked is a resin, a picture, and then an aluminum oxide finish. Laminates are denser and can handle more impact, but they can dent, scratch and swell as well. The swelling in a laminate is pushed to the outside of the room not in between the boards like real wood. Laminate is a copy of hardwood and isn't forever, where as a hardwood should be forever. With laminate you should be able to go over the existing hardwood, with new hardwood you may have to rip up the existing hardwood.
Both floors have a fix for most damage. You should be able to get a close match in woods to continue your existing hardwood, although it won't be exact, it will be real and there won't be an extra expense of ripping out the existing. I am assuming that it may be close in price to have a professional sand and finish the whole area, including your existing hardwood with and the new hardwood, as opposed to doing a new laminate or ripping up the existing hardwood and putting down all new.
There are alot of good floor people out there, its up to you.
Hope this helps.

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