Low-cost hardwood flooring… what's the catch?

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Laminate flooring is cheap because it’s largely a synthetic flooring that’s easily mass produced using low cost materials. It’s easy to install because most laminate uses click and lock assembly which means no nails or glue and you can float it over most existing sub floors. And finally it’s easy to clean and care for because of the thick and clear wear layer that covers the surface of the flooring.

So why not just lay laminate floor throughout your home? Well many people do, but in certain situations its worth taking a moment to compare laminate flooring advantages with other flooring types. Laminate is a great mid-priced flooring option but there are times when a more expensive hardwood floor or a cheaper vinyl floor could be a better match for your home.

Laminate Vs Hardwood Flooring

Laminate vs wood flooring can be summed up pretty simply in two words… price and style! We think laminate floors look great, there are some exceptional products available, but...

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Important: Goldent Trim provides the following general questions and answers for your information. All manufactures instructions precede any information in this section.What is engineered wood? What is better, engineered wood or solid wood? What is the difference between floating, glue down, and staple/nail down installation? What does FSC mean? Why are FSC products more expensive? What are the benefits of purchasing an FSC product? What is the difference between a glue together system and a locking or click system for a floating floor? Can you put glue in the tongue and groove on a mechanically locking system? Why do you need to leave a gap around the perimeter of the room and if so, how much? Can I put 2 layers of foam under my flooring to increase the sound reduction? Why do you need transitional mouldings in all doorways and connecting ways? Can I use regular wood glue in the T G? Is it better to glue the T G when I use a glue down installation method? What kind of glue can I use...
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Shares of hardwood floor retailer Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. LL, +0.06% slumped 22% in premarket trade Monday, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had made an incorrect assessment of the cancer risk associated with the company's flooring, and said it is much higher than other products. The CDC said recent testing of the company's wood had used an incorrect value for ceiling height. "As a result, the health risks were calculated using airborne concentration estimates about 3 times lower than they should have been," it said in a statement. After correcting the model, the CDC said the flooring, which is imported from China, can create respiratory issues for people with asthma or related illnesses, and can cause irritation for the eye, nose and throat for anyone...

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What is a screen and recoat?

Screening and buffing are the same thing. They are synonyms for each other, and both mean that you “scuff up” or abrade the floor, and then you apply a coat of polyurethane for protection and sheen. Screening is often called buffing, since the screening is done with a buffer. Screening both smooths the floors a bit, and the abrasive action allows the polyurethane to adhere to the surface better. The screen and recoat process can restore the glow of the floors and give them a refreshed look.

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Some customers call this a “light sanding,” but technically, it’s a screen and recoat since you are not sanding the wood, but rather are just sanding the top layer of polyurethane. Other customer refer to this as “adding a top coat” or a “buff and coat.”

When you screen and recoat hardwood floors, you have the...

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Yes, the prices can vary by state, and it depends what type of wood you have, whether it's stain, natural, etc.

I just wrote a post on this topic. It outlines the general costs for our area of the country (Westchester NY) and it explains the types of factors that could increase the cost.
http://theflooringgirl.com/blog/how-much-does-it-cost-to-sand-refinish-hardwood-floors-westchester.html
Costs for refinishing hardwood in Westchester County

I'm not sure if they will leave the link here or not, but I think you'll find this helpful. If not, maybe google "costs for refinishing hardwood floors in Westchester county" and/or adding The flooring Girl to that search.

It will save you money if you move the furniture yourself. In general, the more you can do at once, the lower the total cost as there are minimums. If you call some contractors, they can price it out for you and let you know where the cut-offs will be if you break into phases.

Angie's...

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Hardwood Flooring Cost


The following is intended to remove much of the mystery out of the cost for hardwood flooring and its installation. The main alternatives are laminates, planks and slats (solid hardwood), engineered wood surfaces and parquet flooring (squares). Although, when one hears of 'hardwood' it most often calls to mind slats which is what is here inferred, or engineered floors at minimum.

Installed Wood Prices

A 12 x 15 room will cost from approximately $1,080 to $1,640, for slats/solid hardwood. And this is assuming little in the way of extra moulds and finishing.

For smaller rooms, 12 x 12 will be about $860 to $1,050 while a 12 x10, about a kitchen for example, will incur a lesser sum. Those approaching this dimension and under will lean toward the disproportionate amounts given the reduced square footage, which translates to less than a days labor (if this is the only room to be done, etc). A minimum labor fee...

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Pet owners who have hardwood floors are constantly faced with the problem of pet odor removal. In particular, pet waste, especially urine, soaks into the hardwood floors, resulting in stains and unpleasant smells. When this happens, most pet owners rush to the market in search of the strongest cleaning material. However, this may not always be the best solution. Hardwood floors need considerable, as well as careful, maintenance. Thus, using harsh cleaning materials can in effect damage the floor. There are, however, specific chemicals made to clean pet waste available at local pet stores, but the longer a mess is left unattended, the worse the stain it will leave and the harder it will be to clean.

Given below are three low-cost pet odor removal options for hardwood floors. These all use basic materials most people will have on hand for the quickest clean-up.

1. Vinegar Solution

The simplest (and one of the most effective) home solutions to pet odor removal...

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Whether you are ordering a new RV or buying a pre-owned unit, you may need to make some flooring decisions to enhance your enjoyment of the RV lifestyle. During the RV manufacturing process, the flooring is usually put down before the walls of the coach are assembled. Since the coach is open on the sides, it is easy for the manufacturer to fit the flooring into the nooks and crannies of the RV. However, this installation technique does not make it easy to replace the flooring when that time comes.

Professional Installation vs. Do it Yourself

When you compare the square footage of your RV to your rooms at home, most people figure that replacing RV flooring themselves will be an easy and low cost job. While the supplies typically cost far less than replacing flooring in a normal home, the work to replace RV flooring can be extremely time consuming and difficult. For example, most carpeting is stapled and glued down, so each staple will need to be pulled out and the...

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