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OnionPatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-18-06 11:21 AM
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Carpet or Laminate Wood floors.....Help!
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So we've had this money saved up to do our floors. We've lived here for three years now and are only finally getting to them. If you had told me it would be three years before we had a chance to replace the flooring, I would not have moved in here! They are a horrible, gold, sculpted-shag carpet throughout, installed when the house was built in 1983. :puke: It's fraying on the edges and bleached out near the windows. I am ecstatic that we are finally going to replace the flooring.

Ok, so our house is a split-level with the living-kitchen area on the lower level and the bedrooms-bathrooms on the upper level, both levels roughly the same amount of square feet. The whole house is about 1500 sq. ft. We have enough money to install a laminate wood floor throughout if we do the labor ourselves. Or we can do the upstairs with carpeting, installed, which costs roughly the same. Our budget dictates that we have to do the work ourselves if we go with the wood floors. That's not a huge problem because my husband is a skilled carpenter and I'm a pretty good assistant. :) Still, it will be a lot of work and we're wondering if it may be too much and if we should just do the downstairs and have the bedrooms carpeted.

Resale value is a huge consideration because this home is a good chunk of our retirement fund. We will sell it in 7-12 years and move somewhere with a much lower cost of living. We want to get as much as we can from this home. So, my questions are: will laminate wood throughout the home be a bigger selling point in the future? For those of you who have installed laminate wood floors, if we choose to do the whole house are we in for a huge headache? Also, I'm wondering if real wood floors would be better but we have two big dogs and a child and this is a horse property so it's almost a small farm in a way. I'm worried real wood wouldn't hold up well.

We are going to buy the flooring today or tomorrow. I'm afraid if we put off the decision of what to do upstairs, that we will not be able to find the same wood to match if we do decide in the end to do the upstairs in laminate wood.

Any advice?
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  -Carpet or Laminate Wood floors.....Help! OnionPatch  Nov-18-06 11:21 AM   #0 
  - if you have the option, do the downstairs in wood and carpet the  AZDemDist6   Nov-18-06 11:30 AM   #1 
  - That's why we are buying the floor today  OnionPatch   Nov-18-06 11:40 AM   #2 
     - cool! and thanks! as for "horrible floors" my first house was concrete  AZDemDist6   Nov-18-06 11:49 AM   #3 
        - Lol....when we first moved in here  OnionPatch   Nov-18-06 11:53 AM   #4 
           - that's what I did. it was (like yours) ghastly yellow shag that was  AZDemDist6   Nov-18-06 11:56 AM   #5 
  - I agree with AZ/NM Dem!  Longhorn   Nov-18-06 11:59 AM   #6 
  - And my knees have seen better days  OnionPatch   Nov-18-06 01:31 PM   #8 
     - Hard surfaces are probably better for allergies.  Longhorn   Nov-18-06 02:02 PM   #11 
        - Yikes, why did they need to  OnionPatch   Nov-19-06 09:11 AM   #18 
           - The wood tiles are interlocking so you can't just take up one piece.  Longhorn   Nov-19-06 09:30 AM   #20 
  - I'd go with all laminate floors .....  Husb2Sparkly   Nov-18-06 01:23 PM   #7 
  - Thanks for the warning on the Pergo.  OnionPatch   Nov-18-06 01:45 PM   #9 
     - They make a stair nosing for it  Husb2Sparkly   Nov-18-06 01:56 PM   #10 
        - Ten coats of gloss polyurethane can make  Warpy   Nov-18-06 04:54 PM   #12 
        - I just ripped some carpet up to see  OnionPatch   Nov-18-06 05:33 PM   #13 
           - is it possible you have nice wood throughout? n/t  AZDemDist6   Nov-18-06 05:44 PM   #14 
              - No, not possible.  OnionPatch   Nov-19-06 09:01 AM   #16 
  - I have two dogs and friends that bring their  Nite Owl   Nov-19-06 02:39 AM   #15 
  - Thanks, maybe we'll look at the real wood  OnionPatch   Nov-19-06 09:05 AM   #17 
  - don't forget your baggies full of dirt! n/t  AZDemDist6   Nov-19-06 09:17 AM   #19 
  - LOL  OnionPatch   Nov-19-06 02:13 PM   #23 
  - But all you would have had to do is refinish to get rid of the ring.  Longhorn   Nov-19-06 09:32 AM   #21 
  - That's what I was thinking  OnionPatch   Nov-19-06 02:25 PM   #25 
  - I have wood in the kitchen also  Nite Owl   Nov-19-06 12:21 PM   #22 
     - So how often do you need to refinish the whole thing?  OnionPatch   Nov-19-06 02:29 PM   #26 
     - Complete refinishing, down to the  Nite Owl   Nov-19-06 03:57 PM   #28 
     - Nobody has to move out unless they locate a supply of Fabulon  Warpy   Nov-19-06 10:29 PM   #29 
  - What is "screened"  OnionPatch   Nov-19-06 02:32 PM   #27 
  - Well, hubby woke up with laryngitis today again  OnionPatch   Nov-19-06 02:19 PM   #24 
  - Has anyone has experience with this stuff?  OnionPatch   Nov-23-06 07:35 PM   #30 
     - I don't know anything about it  Nite Owl   Nov-25-06 01:15 AM   #31 
        - Thanks, I checked those out  OnionPatch   Nov-25-06 08:41 PM   #32 
           - don't forget to wear a mask! and take lots of pics n/t  AZDemDist6   Nov-25-06 09:06 PM   #33 
           - Good luck  Nite Owl   Nov-25-06 09:40 PM   #34 
           - I hope all goes well with the lowest level of aches and pains possible!  Longhorn   Nov-25-06 09:43 PM   #35 

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