Laminate vs. Hardwood Flooring

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Joan Lamoureux

Subject: Cost wise

Cost wise , which is cheaper, laminate or hardwood? Year''s back, when we built our house(1981), carpeting cost the same as hardwood flooring.



I agree with the lasst posting. Correct the article or get rid of it. It's useless. The information is incorrect.



Maria seems not to know what engineered hardwood flooring is or what laminate flooring is. I'm not sure why the article hasn't been corrected or removed: it reflects very poorly on her company.

Richard D'Albergo


This article to me tells me to compare laminate flooring to real hard wood floors decide what is more easiest to maintain



This article should also have added the new ceramic tile that looks exactly like wood. Very incomplete article.



In my experience, laminate is susceptable to delaminating if water is not removed quickly. Make sure you buy extra laminate in case part of it needs to be replaced. Manufacturers discontinue types and colors often.
Finally, as a designer, I would recommend against installing flooring diagonally as it really dates a room.



Your info on hardwood flooring and laminate is incorrect



Article never mentions some major benefits of laminate flooring...most notably that it is generally more scratch resistant than hardwood. Also could have mentioned that hardwood comes in varying thicknesses, requiring different methods of installation (3/4" must be nailed, 5/8" glued or stapled, 1/2" glued at the joints or floating to name a few). Furthermore, choice of underlayment is crucial unless you want a noisy floor.



This article is contradicting on the segment of engineered and laminate. It says that it is a veneer of real wood and later says it is not real wood but a high quality image. Laminate is an imaged product and engineered is actual wood veneer and like Steve said it can be sanded/refinished once, maybe twice. Please get facts straight.....people rely on information.



I agree. Engineered wood is not necessarily laminate. There is also real hardwood that is tongue and groove. This is not a very good article and certainly not informative. Who writes these articles?



I agree with both Steve and David. Also, I expected to see info on the care of laminate flooring.

Robert Cruickshank


I agree with Mr. Preston. Your article is incomplete. It also gives wrong information such as saying that hardwood does not come in tongue and groove. You are a company that claims to assist people. This article is a sham

Diane Kniskern


How can I tell what kind of floors I have? I have some dark water spots in the kitchen and don't know how to treat them; also a lighter area by a window.



The sentence "Engineered hardwood floors, sometimes called laminate hardwood floors, are manufactured by laminating several individual layers together" is misleading. Engineered hardwood is NOT the same as a laminate hardwood, most notably because it can be sanded once.

David Preston


This article is incomplete. It lacks comparison pricing for laminates. A table listing the types of hardwood and laminate flooring cost and installed cost would have been an extremely useful addition. This article barely scratches the surface.

Jim Paukert


Angie's List told me weeks ago that this article had been deleted. See comments above. Errors and misleads are rampant.

Carpets for less


One great advantage of laminate flooring over hardwood is that it provides ultraviolent (UV) protection. This gives laminate flooring the ability to block UV rays from the sun which will prevent the flooring from fading. Since hardwood flooring does not provide UV protection, you will have to spend a lot of money on maintenance costs to make sure that the hardwood flooring looks as good as it originally did.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.