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Poule Deau Gravy
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Vinyl Vs. Hardwood
Hey guys, I'm a first time home owner and my wife and I are planning on replacing roughly 1150 SF of flooring in our house. If we go hardwood, we're looking at $4.19/sf, but her grandparents have 250-300 sf they would give us for free. The vinyl flooring we are looking at is around $2.99/sf and we'd be buying the full 1150.
The material cost difference is the hardwood being between $100-200 more. This is not accounting for labor as I plan on doing it with a friend.
We plan on being in this house 5 years, so would hardwood be worth it? I've talked to a few people that said that refinishing the hardwood is very expensive and the new vinyl technology makes it preferable to some people. We also have two dogs that stay inside, so I am worried about scratching the wood floors. TIA for any info.
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Janky
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re: Vinyl Vs. Hardwood
This may sound crazy but look at the new luxury vinyl. I have been shopping for floors and every shop is telling me they are doing a ton of the stuff in all price range houses. It is very heavy duty and not what you would think when you here the word vynil.


Poule Deau Gravy
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re: Vinyl Vs. Hardwood
I guess I was actually using the incorrect terminology now that I'm re-reading the flooring I was calling laminate. I was actually looking at the heavy duty vinyl at Home Depot. Will correct it. Thanks!


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FishinTygah84
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we just remodeled. went back and forth like you. ultimately settled on the LVT. Plus, the install was only 1.50 a sq ft.

This floor is waterproof and dang near indestructible.

we went with the Mokou color, wide plank.

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TheNolaClap
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I just finished putting down 1600 sq ft of Coretec Plus HD LVP. Price was good and looks amazing. If going vinyl, definately get planks that have beveled edges. Just makes it look a lot better IMO.


Poule Deau Gravy
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Thanks yall!

Did you install it or have someone do it? I'm trying to figure if it's worth the head ache.


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BallsEleven
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Vinyl plank all the way. Completely water proof. So far mine is also dog and 2-4 year old proof.

I haven't noticed a single scratch on it in 2 years.

Edit: It is also quieter than laminate, especially if you put the padding down first.
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thadcastle
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I loved the tile look a like wood floors I had in my apartment.


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Libertariantiger
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I have tons of experience with the vinyl plank.

It is water resistant. Wood will blister and laminate will swell if it gets wet, even the water resistant laminate if it sits on it like spilling a drink and not knowing or dog urine. Those type of things do no hurt vinyl. But it is not water proof. If you get a busted pipe it will float and mess up the locking system. Still better than alternatives.

I think laminate is more durable to scratches. I dealt with some vinyl with a white core and had tons of scratch problems and complaints from customers, worse than wood even. I moved to a darker core vinyl and the complaints went away. Do not buy a dark color top with a light color core. Had no problems with barn grey and white or a light vinyl with a darker core. Only had problems with the dark colors with white core.

I would use pad. Most in the industry are going with a built in pad. If you go no pad the slab has to be spot on or you may have problems. The padded seemed to fix most, not all, minor slab problems.

The only wood really being sold in the market right now is the very expensive $8+/sqft material to go in high end houses. Laminate has all but been replaced. If your dogs are small it shouldn't be a problem. 100 pound dogs running around inside will damage any floor that is not tile or concret IMO.



lsutiger2010
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I just put down a high quality LVP about 8 months ago and fricking hate it. It's not nearly as durable as they say, joints are constantly pulling apart, and always looks dirty. I can't wait to pull it back up and replace it with wood.



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Go with the wood. You won't' regret it.


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joeleblanc
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Real wood with gym coat is the ticket


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gumbo2176
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Personally, I would not install hardwood flooring with dogs in the house.

My brother-in-law had all his floors refinished a couple years ago, almost 1800 sq. ft. worth of old heart pine flooring.

He has a 70 lb. dog and 2 of his grown sons bring their dogs over when they visit for a total of 5 dogs in the house, and not one of them under 50 lbs. They've scratched the crap out of the floors


Chasin The Tiger
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Going with LVP in my new build. I have had engineered hardwood in a previous house and it scratches very easily.


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CheEngineer
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We also have two dogs that stay inside, so I am worried about scratching the wood floors. TIA for any info.


Guaranteed they will scratch up the Hardwood floor and it will have to be refinished.


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East Coast Band
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If you go LV, pay attention to the thickness of your wear layer.
With pets , I recommend a minimum of 10, but preferably more


CE Tiger
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look up the company Cali Bamboo they have the best LVP in the game


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BeepNode
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re: Vinyl Vs. Hardwood
A few years ago I put in Pergo Max Premier Laminated that is "water resistant". 12mm thick. It's worked fine in my kitchen without any issues. Doesn't scratch. The laminate looks a little more real than LVP imo. No regrets.
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Shoulderchoke
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re: Vinyl Vs. Hardwood
Some one enlighten me please....

Wouldn’t adding hardwood boost the value of your house more than vinyl? My whole life I’ve heard vinyl is cheap, like carpet. When did vinyl all of a sudden stop being cheap and started becoming desirable? Or is it just some marketing ploy?

How long before Formica counters make a comeback?


humblepie
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Technology improved and it looks and feels really good now.

Edit: Also there is a huge difference between rolled vinyl flooring and luxury vinyl plank flooring. The plank is exactly what it sounds like: rigid wood like planks of flooring.
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