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IS it better to install laminate than wood floors for a property?

Asked by Plaboda, San Diego, CA Tue Aug 6, 2013

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Hardwoood. Installing anything else creates what we have here. a conversation about the floor. Laminate will result in many people discussing the flooring. Hardwood will simply be a positive check mark during a showing.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 18, 2014
Great answer.
Flag Tue Feb 24, 2015
I agree, although hardwood flooring is a little bit more expensive, people tend to like it more. It really depends on your personal preference though. Hardwood is also a little bit harder to install. You'll probably have to get someone to put it in for you. http://www.55floorz.com.au
Flag Tue Nov 25, 2014
Hi Plaboda,

Hardwood floors are preferred in general by buyers over laminate.

Kind regards,

Arpad
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 17, 2014
That is interesting that hardwood floors are considered over laminate flooring. I am trying to figure out what kind of flooring I want for my kitchen when it is done being remodeled. I have been leaning toward hardwood because I have never had it in my house before. This is great news if I ever decide to sell my home!

Zach | http://www.luxepittsburgh.com/products-kitchen.html
Flag Thu Oct 30, 2014
Wood is the best for appearance and resale value. But wood laminate is a lot less expensive and still can look very nice and be very durable. I have had wood laminate for 12+ years now in a rental property and it still looks great!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 26, 2014
Personally, I hate laminate and a lot of buyers I work with hate it, too. Some are better than others because they look more like real wood, however, they always sound like laminate when you walk on them. On the other hand, it depends on the value of your home as to which one you install. You certainly don't want to over improve your home for the neighborhood. A real estate agent can help you decide by showing you what homes in your neighborhood have sold for recently and can show you photos to compare your home to. We can also show you what's active on the market and take you on a tour through these homes so you can see what your competition would be should you decide to sell.

Donna McClelland
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri May 30, 2014
Match the level of finish to the value of the home. Laminate is great; I have it in my home. However, in more expensive homes, wood looks nicer and does add some value over laminate. Wood can also be refinished over the years and be made to look new again.

J.R. Thrasher
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
As we have said before it is your choice if what you loved most for your home .. what will be so you will comfortable ...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 30, 2015
I have had both Laminate and Hardwood flooring. Of course we all want hardwood but it is not always the best if you have small children or pets, especially dogs. My step daughter just paid over $7000 to have her hardwood floors refinished due to the hard traffic resulting from small children and large dogs. I talked to several experienced home renovators before we installed our laminate flooring. They all told me to go with good quality laminate because of our dogs. We installed Pergo about 10 years ago and it looks brand new. I have three small dogs running around all over it. Do your research but know that either choice has its own pros and cons.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 23, 2015
No. Laminates suck and are not DURABLE at all. A little bit of water and they're destroyed. They can't be refinished and cost $$$ to replace a damage laminate.

Not only that, these laminates are toxic. They contains Formaldehyde. Doesn't matter if they labeled as safe, any amount over a long period of time is DANGEROUS.

The recommended exposure to the toxic chemical is 1hr. Who stays indoors for only 1hr?

If you're living in it, pay for real wood. There's a reason why Laminates are CHEAPER. And the horrible marketing that went into this product has brained washed way to many people.

Do some research. Your health, your child's health, and your HOME deserves better than glued saw dusts with lipstick over it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 22, 2015
Definitely spend the $ and put wood floors..
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 17, 2015
It could be. People say they love wood floors, but they forget the care and effort it requires to keep wood floors in good condition. Vinyl doesn't take as much work, and these days it can be made to look like nearly anything. If you get the right vinyl, it will sell your home just as well.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 17, 2015
Hi there, If the property is expensive and higher-end, installing hardwood floors may be a good idea. If the property is cheaper, laminated floors will probably be fine. It depends on who are the buyers for your property.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 28, 2015
If laminate is something that you want and you're going to be in the house for a while, you should get something that you truly want. If you are just planning on selling it, you should install hardwood flooring. The majority of people are going to prefer hardwood. It will be considerably easier to sell, and it could raise the value of the property a bit. With all of that being said, you shouldn't forget that it's your house. If you're going to live there for a while, you should have whatever you like.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 23, 2015
It is really a personal choice. There is a cost perspective as well as how long you expect the use.

I have seen great products for each. I have also had clients pass on a house because the flooring was laminate - if your home is higher end with lower end flooring this could be a turn off.

Best of luck!

David Rudd
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 22, 2015
I prefer engineered hard wood over laminate flooring. It is beautiful, durable, and has a much more "expensive" look than laminate even though it's not much more expensive to install. You can buy some very beautiful engineered hardwoods for as low as $2/square foot (not including installation). These can be sanded and refinished 1 -2 times over the life of the floor, which cannot be done with a laminate floor. If you are looking to sell your house, it will also add some value and appeal for potential buyers.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 18, 2015
I prefer engineered hard wood over laminate flooring. It is beautiful, durable, and has a much more "expensive" look than laminate even though it's not much more expensive to install. You can buy some very beautiful engineered hardwoods for as low as $2/square foot (not including installation). These can be sanded and refinished 1 -2 times over the life of the floor, which cannot be done with a laminate floor. If you are looking to sell your house, it will also add some value and appeal for potential buyers.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 18, 2015
There are pros and cons about this laminate or wood floors http://freshome.com/2010/11/01/the-pros-and-cons-of-hardwood…
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 17, 2015
First you want to look at how much value will be added to your home when considering laminate vs. hard wood. The material costs are very different and you want to make sure that you will get your money back when you go to sell. My only hesitation with laminate is that it does not hold up with water. If there is any moisture on the surface, it will get into the laminate and start expanding and be ruined. Please avoid putting it in an area where there is water. ie the front door or your kitchen/ baths.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 26, 2015
It really depends on what you're wanting in style and in the quality. There are some quality laminate floors out there, but it's hard for it to match up to the quality of hardwood flooring. If you are looking to add value to your home, a hardwood floor will do so easier than laminate. http://www.kenmarkfloors.net/about
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 26, 2015
Hi,

Wood floors are more popular with buyers I am working with.

Kind regards,

Arpad
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 12, 2015
There are so many high quality laminate products out there that look/feel just like hardwood at a fraction of the price. I would look for those and go with laminate. Sure, wood sounds better to some buyers, but if the end result is a high quality laminate product that serves the same purpose it shouldn't matter much in the end.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 11, 2015
Hardwood floors are more desirable by buyers.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 3, 2014
I personally prefer hardwood floors. They might take a little more maintenance but they look much better. If you do choose to install hardwood floors make sure you put pads on the feet of all your furniture. Scratches can be a big pain! http://www.toliverscarpetonetempe.com/hardwood-tempe-az
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 3, 2014
It all depends on the buyer. Some people think that it's really important to have wood flooring in the kitchen and other areas of their home. In their opinion, it ups the value of the home. My mom hates wood flooring so she would never buy a house that had it. It all depends on who is looking at the house. http://naplesflooringgallery.com/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 30, 2014
proper wood flooring is definitely preferred by buyers. I guess it depends on what the current flooring is like; no point putting in cheaper laminate that a buyer will not add much value to as they intend to rip it out and replace with real wood.

If the current flooring looks really bad it may be a cost-effective way to make the house more presentable and could coup a better ROI for you than putting in real wood. I never seen a buyer be put off by laminate even if they prefer real wood but I have seen plenty turned off by dirty or very dated carpeting.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 27, 2014
To answer your question: I have never had a client say, "oh please can you try to find a property with laminate flooring for us?"
But I have had many say, " I love hardwood floors and it's one of the top things on our wish list."
I would advise hardwood all the way.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 27, 2014
With my experience in home staging and working with clients, those who have animals prefer laminate where as those who do not have animals prefer wood floors. Either are excellent choices for homeowners who suffer from allergies.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 15, 2014
That is site specific. Based upon appropriate usage in the area in question. This is best answered by your flooring expert.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 14, 2014
Laminate floors can be very durable if taken care of properly. Not only that, but they are so much easier to instal and are cheaper. If you look around enough you can find some options that will look just as nice as wood floors. I love the laminate in my kitchen.

http://www.montgomeryflooring.net/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 14, 2014
There are some wonderful high grade laminates on the market that make it hard to tell they aren't hardwood.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 18, 2014
Well...let me put it to you this way. I have never had a buyer request "laminate flooring".
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 18, 2014
If you are considering selling the property, I would check out the most commonly used floors per your comps. Laminate is decent, but have you considered Engineered Hardwood or Hardwood?

Regards,
Chad Roberts
Broker/Salesperson
Realty One Group
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 17, 2014
It depends on who and how it is installed.
I have seen some really good laminate and really bad hard wood.
In general, I would add hardwood over laminate if you are planning to live there a while.
If you are remodeling for sale, then price around the laminate and the under pads.
Hard wood is more expensive
Laminate is cheaper
Hard wood last longer sometimes
Laminate is easier to install.
Hard wood you can refinish it up to three times
Laminate needs to be replaced, not refinish.

I have installed both...
My personal property - hardwood that added a lot more value when I sold it.
Laminate for rentals - looks great
I would also look at bamboo or tile for remodeling.

Nancy S Bergman
Realtor - Cal BRE #01893550
Keller Williams- Carmel Valley/ Del Mar
12780 High Bluff Dr #130
San Diego, CA 92130
Cell (858) 617-9449
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 17, 2014
If its for an owner occupied property, install laminate. It looks better, feels better and you will get your value added when you sell it.
Nancy S Bergman
Realtor - Cal BRE #01893550
Keller Williams- Carmel Valley/ Del Mar
12780 High Bluff Dr #130
San Diego, CA 92130
Cell (858) 617-9449
Email - nbergman1@live.com
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 26, 2014
On many homes laminate will work just fine. If you are talking about more expensive upper end homes, I would suggest using real hardwood.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 19, 2014
That depends on how well you are willing to take care of it. Traditional wood floor tend to be more work. Though they also look better longer if you are taking care of them.
Michael Foster http://www.chinookupholstery.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 19, 2014
It may be better to install laminate for two reasons: cost (lower cost than real wood), and the underlaying surface.

Many wood floor installers are refusing to install over concrete, which is common in newer homes built on a concrete slab in CA. Personally I don't know why this causes issues as I have bamboo flooring over my concrete floors and never had any problems, but there have been enough problems that installers are not as willing to work with it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 30, 2014
Nowadays both Laminate and Hardwood have so many options in terms of color, texture, style and really there are limitless possibilities if you are choosing between the two. I would follow up this question with a series of questions. Are you going to be living in the house? If so do you have any children or pets. Will you be renting this home out. Will you be installing the floors yourself or will you be hiring someone. All of these questions will help me answer your question.

Laminate is more durable and less costly than traditional wood floors and many investors (that choose to rent their properties out) choose this because it is harder to damage than most other flooring, ie tile or carpet. They even make a tile that looks like hard wood floors, that is a little more costly but really is another great option if you like the look of hardwood floors.

I would think that if you want to try an stay most cost effective I would call or go to a home depot, lowes type of store and talk to a floor specialist there.

http://www.homedepot.com/c/SV_HS_Laminate_Flooring

http://www.lowes.com/Flooring/Laminate-Flooring-Accessories/…

I wish you the Best of Luck with your choice!

Kelly Twohey
Palisade Realty
9847 Campo Rd.,
Spring Valley, CA 91977
Cell: 619.890.2980
E-Fax: 888.215.5434
E-mail: ktwoheypalisaderealty@gmail.com
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 21, 2014
Laminate floors are more cost effective if the seller needs to stretch his fix up cost resources.

Best Wishes,

David R. Indermill

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 20, 2014
Everyone is different.

Benefits of laminate: Less expensive, more scratch resistant, easy to care for
Drawbacks: doesn't look as 'rich' as wood, depending on price of home some buyers will not consider laminate flooring.

Best of Luck!

David Rudd
Kindred Real Estate
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 25, 2013
Hi Plaboda,

"Better" is all relative. I believe it comes down to what makes you the most happy and offers the best return on investment. Since I have always loved the look and feel of wood floors, I am definitely biased, but with good reason. In my years of real estate, I have not personally come across anyone who would, all things being equal, choose laminate over wood. Of course, when costs are factored in, that is when laminate becomes a lot more appealing. The bottom line is to weigh the costs of buying the raw materials, installation, and then any upkeep, as well as how it will affect the value of the home and then you should get to your answer.

Sincerely,

Chad Basinger, REALTOR®, CPA, CFP®
858-997-3704
chad@chadbasinger.com
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 22, 2013
Wood laminate is inexpensive and durable and it is not necessary to pay the extra few hundreds to thousands more to do real wood
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 7, 2013
Lot's of good answers here for lot's of good reasons. If the home is a mid range investment property (rental) l would recommend laminate all day long. If it's a fix and flip in a mid level property laminate would still be a great choice.

That stated if it's a buy and hole or a turn and burn for a high end property I would go the distance and do a nicely finished hardwood floor. I've done them both ways over the years and anyway you choose to go is much better than carpeting.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 7, 2013
Hi

A large part of the difference is from the labor required for installation - true hardwood flooring requires about twice the amount of work to install. Hardwood is better when installed correctly, and also has the benefit of being refinishable, since wood is much thicker and can be sanded and refinished.

Laminates are typically thinner and make it much easier for many installation issues, like installed height and transitions to other rooms. If you are replacing a vinyl or tile floor, hardwood will be thicker than what you are replacing and you will have transition issues to other rooms requiring subflooring modifications to do it right. I've installed both, and they both can produce great results.

If you are planning on living in the house for 50 years, go with the hardwood. You can probably get 15-20 years out of a laminate before you'll need to refinish it if you take care of it - at which point you can just replace it or very carefully hand sand and refinish. If cost is a concern, definitely go with a good laminate.

I hope this answers your question. Feel free to get in touch with me if you have more questions.

J. Reeves
CEO and Founder
Reef Point Realty & Construction
http://reefpointrealty.com
858-521-9350
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
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It honestly comes down to the use of the property and your price point. As others have shared, if you have a busy household with pets, and chilren, I would stick with laminate. If the owners live in the home and it's primarily adults..I would choose hardwood.

Both have their pluses!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
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Flag Tue Aug 6, 2013
My answer would be dependent upon whether you are renting or selling, and what the price point is. If it's a rental or low end sale, I'd go laminate. If it's a higher priced sale I'd go real wood. Real hardwood isn't THAT much more expensive, and it looks and feels a lot better.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
Are you asking for your own purposes or with an eye to resale?

Real wood's more attractive than laminate, hands down though you'll want to talk to your agent to see if it's worth the added expense. Laminate wears better but many buyers look at it askance, wondering why the owner didn't go for the real wood. But, again, it depends on whether it will make enough of a difference in sales price to justify the cost.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
IIt's for our own home.THere is about 3K diffence in price.. Thanks
Flag Tue Aug 6, 2013
Hi,

Laminate floors tend to wear better with kids and dogs and are easier to clean as you can use a wider variety of cleaning products.

Select based on your lifestyle and know you cannot refinish laminate where you can refinish wood.

Best of luck,

Mark & Kari Shea
Shea Real Estate
National Association of Realtors
CA DRE License 01713506
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
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Flag Tue Aug 6, 2013
It really depends on how the property will be used, who will be living in it, what rooms the flooring will be in and other factors specific to the property. Care is different for these two types of flooring. Much of the decision really comes down to personal preferences.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 6, 2013
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Flag Tue Aug 6, 2013
Hello Plaboda,
..it depends on your property purposes and your priorities.
..pretty tile or hard woods provide timeless beauty and increase resale desirability.
..vinyl or laminates provide better price points and are easier to care for, especially in rentals.
...we know new construction, resale, fix/flips, remodel, rehab, restoration, renovation for decades.
..if you have any more questions, just contact Maureen at 760 622 6855 or maureen@landangel.com.
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