Engineered hardwood vs laminate

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

We are currently trying to pick out a new floor for my daughter's room(on the small side) so we don't want to spend a ton of $ on it Eventually the whole upstairs will be hardwood(or engineered hardwood) but we need to do her room now because we just got new furniture for it and don't want to have to move the furniture out again to do the floor. Wondering which is better for her room engineered or laminate? also which is the best manufacturer?

thanks for all ideas and comments

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

If the rest of the upstairs is going to be hardwood or engineered hardwood, then I wouldn't use laminate for the one room--better to use real wood, either hardwood or engineered hardwood so it looks more similar to the rest of the flooring when you finish the project.

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Ya, that's what I was thinking

Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

Hi Jen
Laminate takes a beating and if she is rough on floors it shouldn't be totally off the table.
Laminates ( my opinion of course ) did't used to look so hot --- repetitive design and sounded sort of 'flat' when walked on. Have come a LONG way now with lots of advances and a good quality laminate will look great and perform well for you even in baths where hardwood has challenges. I used engineered hardwood - walnut - upstairs and it cost several thousand for the loft which I think is 24 x 24. The rest of the house is oak (? 1.5 inches) thick planks sanded and finished on site. Engineered iwood s thinner and looks more uniform --like laminate ---rather than looking like its sister traditional finished or unfinished thick hardwood planking. Reason I mention all is because if upstairs is bedrooms and halls and bath,, you may want to treat all in high quality laminate and can do the downstairs in hardwoods. The switch would save you a huge amt of $$ ( enough to put a dent in 1st year college tuition ( grin) or to get that new bedroom or new appliances etc etc for you! Price out the entire upstairs in hardwoods before you make decision. A new bedroom - how exciting. We just helped with a newborn nursery (Zutano Owls) and a "new big girl bedroom" for the three yr old. ( hedgehogs and a garden scene with flowers peeking thru real wood fencing!)

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

awww, do you have pics of those bedrooms? they sound really cute!
We are on a slab so unless hubby wants to install the radiant heating mats I won't be doing hardwood downstairs(only the family room and a bath down there anyway)

Hubby nixed the laminate idea anyway, so guess we're doing the engineered hardwood. Going to hopefully pick it up tonight
going with this one
http://www.homedepot.com/Flooring-Hardwood-Flooring-Engineered-Click-Hardwood/h_d1/N-5yc1vZb9as/R-202103104/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&storeId=10051


another thing I was finding was lots of the inexpensive floors were made in china....wasn't going to do that, so real happy to see Millstead is made in the USA, in TN to be exact

Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

Great color. We got the hardened surface treatment too - but walnut still not as hard as we would like.
Got ours from a 'green' contractor - that almost guarantees no China! ;0). The wood darkens quickly and so when you install the other don't worry if not a match for same order of same color etc. it will soon be the same after a few months. Helping with new baby currently and only took IPAD and can't upload. I will try to remember when I get back to NC.
We went on ETSY and got a tall 5 foot + ? - not sure of height tree decal with birds to sit behind the fencing too.. It came together quickly. I painted the fencing prior to nailing up.

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Sounds adorable!


I also like the cork flooring(had it in the kitchen at the church we used to attend, sooooo comfortable) but hubby doesn't :(

Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

My hubby HATES cork. I tried to lure him with the ole "your sound euipment will sound so much better" but it didn't work.

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Yeah when they really hate something there is no convincing them


Floor is done, but had to go with the non-American made floor :(
Hubby wanted the hardness #4 or higher and the USA ones were 3 unless we special ordered it, we would have had to wait but we needed to get it done oh well...the underpad is made in the USA
This is handscaped Maple Sedona
Now to bring in the furniture tonight

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Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

Very nice hope you are happy with the color and look.y

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Furniture is in

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Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

Bet she is in love with the room. You will be so glad no carpeting to vacuum

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Yep, she (and her brother) love it! now he wants his room redone

Rosamond, CA(Zone 8b)

I love the floor.

San Marcos, TX(Zone 8b)

My wife and I use red oak. You can pick out the bundles yourself. We get the ones with lots of swirls and patterns in the wood rather than the clean straight line look. 3/4 inch red oak is very inexpensive, hard and lasts a long time. Most of the houses built in the 1930-40's in my neighborhood have it and it is in great condition.

Rosamond, CA(Zone 8b)

pictures please

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