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Do laminate floors stand up better to pets? Ask Mary

Q: My dogs have pretty much shredded my hardwood floors. I’ve heard that laminate floors stand up better to pets. Is this true? A: Yes, laminate floors definitely stand up better to pets because they are designed to be both durable and beautiful—something that simply cannot be said of hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are essentially wood planks with a clear coat of lacquer applied to the surface. This lacquer is easily worn and scratched away as pets or people move across the floor. What’s more, some hardwoods are actually soft woods, which can be easily gouged or dented. Laminate flooring, on the other hand, is actually constructed so that the layer of decorative paper (the layer that gives the plank its wood grain appearance) and the resilient top layer are fused together for an abrasion-resistant surface. Plus, the high density core of laminate planks helps it resist dents and gouges. To learn more about the differences between hardwoods and laminates, especially as it applies to pets, watch this video from Jody Smith, Quality Manager at Formica Flooring, or check out this comparison of Hardwoods vs Laminates. About Mary: As a homeowner with teenagers and pets, Mary knows how hard life can be on floors. Luckily, she has access to the experts at Formica Flooring and is eager to pass along their insight, knowledge, and experience to help answer all your flooring...
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Ask Mary: Replace dingy carpet before selling home?

Q: We’re about to put our house on the market. Should we offer an allowance to replace our dingy carpet or install a new floor before we list the house? A: While an allowance lets buyers choose new flooring for themselves, there are benefits to installing a laminate wood floor that might make your home even more attractive to buyers. First of all, it will look better during showings. Buyers may not be able to look past the worn out carpet and see your home as being their new home. Also, an allowance means work. “Move-in ready” is a lot more enticing than “comes with an allowance.” Second, laminate flooring is one of the least expensive flooring options you have, and you might be able to install it yourself, saving you even more money. This might be a better way to go than a more expensive allowance for carpet or hardwoods. Even if you don’t install it yourself, laminate flooring is still quicker and easier to install than hardwoods. There is no glue, no nails, and no moving out of your house like with hardwoods. Who has time for that when you’re cleaning up for an open house? If you replace your carpet with laminate flooring, you’ll not only be presenting your home in the best possible light, but you’ll also give your home an edge. Laminates are designed to be beautiful and durable for years to come, which means buyers know right away that they won’t face the expense of replacing the floors anytime soon. What’s more, some Formica Flooring designs even come with a lifetime warranty. Imagine being able to put that in your listing description! If you’re already willing to provide a carpet allowance, consider investing that money instead in a new laminate floor to give your home the best chance for a speedy sale. Be sure to read this article on Choosing the Right Laminate Flooring Brand first.   About Mary: As a homeowner with teenagers and pets, Mary knows how hard life can be on floors. Luckily, she has access to the experts at Formica Flooring and is eager to pass along their insight, knowledge, and experience to help answer all your flooring...
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Why laminate flooring is better than hardwood

Jody Smith, Quality Manager at Formica Flooring, discusses the advantages of laminate flooring versus hardwood floors in this video:     [youtube]ehKIIPN1kkc[/youtube]
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Hardwood vs Laminate

An old debate now has a clear winner There comes a time in the flooring decision-making process where you realize that it comes down to hardwood vs laminate. You’ve come to your senses regarding that shag carpet. You’ve done tile before and, like most everyone else, wished you’d picked a different color, size, kind, grout, etc. We’ve all been there. And now you’re here, where most people eventually arrive, at the hardwood vs laminate debate. In the past, it used to be no contest: Got lots of money? Spring for the hardwoods. Not so much money? Get the laminate. Now, though, the debate is bit more complicated—mostly because certain laminate flooring options have gotten extremely attractive in a lot of ways. First of all, consider how much of your home’s flooring you are replacing. Are you tying the floor into another space that already has laminate vs hardwood? If you’re tying into an existing floor, you might stick with the same flooring in order for it to match. However, matching an existing hardwood floor is much easier said than done. But if other floors in your home are not an issue, here are the basic arguments when considering hardwood vs laminate flooring. Hardwood vs Laminate Durability. People often make a big fuss about how long hardwoods last. The funny part is that they have to be refinished every five to ten years or so depending on the amount of traffic, or in my case, the destructive tendencies of two young children. A high quality laminate is resistant to wear, fading and staining. So it will look as good as it did the day you installed it after 20 years or more without needing anything but the occasional cleaning. Care. Hardwoods and laminate require around the same amount of routine care. Vacuum, sweep and clean up any spills and you’re done. Although, spill red wine on some hardwoods and you’ll end up with red floors. And anyone with a dog or small children has to just learn to tolerate the scratches that hardwoods tend to get. Environment. Since this is Formica Flooring’s blog, the answer here is pretty clear cut (pun intended). While both hardwoods and laminates use trees, the use of sustainable pine trees from ecological forest thinning operations and the absence of harmful chemicals in Formica Flooring’s manufacturing processes give their laminates a significant advantage in the green...
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