Carpet or Laminate Wood flooring?

My client want to replace the carpet in her house. Which flooring material gives most return on investment? Carpet or Laminate Wood ? Assume that she spends same amount of money.
  • November 20 2009 - San Ramon
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I always put hardwood first.  There are so many people now suffering from allergies that it is a real selling point.  For someone who likes carpet, they can always put down nice rugs, but for someone who likes hardwood, there isn't much they can do if you put down carpet.
  • June 16 2010
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I would go with hardwood first, there are lots of good deals out there and if you research it and learn, and if you are handy enough you can install it yourself.  With that said, hardwood in my mind should be confined to certain rooms, I.E. Living Room, Dining Room, Family Room, sometimes bedrooms.  Carpet should be in basements and bedrooms.  Tile should be in the Kitchen, Foyer, Bathrooms, Entry.
  • May 06 2010
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After my cat repeatedly sprained his ankle jumping down from a chair onto laminate flooring in a rented condo, I decided I would never buy any home with it and put in new, stain-hiding berber when I did buy a unit in the same condominium. Laminate is hardwood's ugly cousin.
  • April 29 2010
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Laminate flooring such as Pergo (et. Al) tends to be a "hit or miss" improvement depending on the tastes of your prospective buyer. 

What type of buyer are you trying to attract? Would the floor plan of the house be conducive to mixed flooring options? If we're to assume the price on each is comparable, why not mix & match to suit the homes style, decor and function... 

Living rooms, dining rooms (even some kitchen's) or hallways all tend to be high traffic, high mess, or high function areas. 

For families with children, pets, or a messy spouse - laminate wood offers aesthetic charm and easy clean up! 

Bedrooms, great rooms, family rooms, and den's usually have a more relaxed & casual appeal which may be more conducive to carpeting. 

Depending on your seller's target demographic there is undoubtedly a combination that will improve the overall interior impression of your listing... Resulting in a satisfactory transaction for both of you!! 

Hope this helps! Happy Selling... :) 

  • April 28 2010
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I would first consider hardwood. If you look around you can find some good deals that are about the same cost as laminate and the owner would likely be able to do the project themselves with the help of the internet and a hardwood floor nailer from a local equipment rental store.

  • April 28 2010
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Laminate is different from hard wood. You do not want to leave water too long on a laminate floor, or the finish will buckle.


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  • February 11 2010
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If the home is in mid prices you may consider Laminate flooring, it is easy to clean, durable and looks very warm. Just be careful that some laminate floorings look very cheap. Using carpet in bedrooms is a good idea, too.

  • February 03 2010
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Laminate Flooring will give her more bang for her buck.  It holds up better and can with stand all types of traffic from adults in stocking feet to toddlers with snack pack of cheerios to your yellow lab chasing the ball down the end of the hallway.

Its easy to clean and care for and won't stain like some carpets.

  • February 03 2010
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I would say dollar for dollar, it is a wash.  I would go with carpet in bedrooms and laminate wood flooring everyelse.
  • February 03 2010
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It depends on the price point of the home.  In a $200k home in NC I'd say go for it.  In the more expensive homes buyers won't go for the Engineered wood.
  • February 02 2010
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If you mean by "laminate wood flooring", engineered wood flooring and not laminate flooring, then I would say go with the wood flooring. If you're comparing plastic laminate flooring to carpet, go carpet. Laminate flooring has a high clicking sound with hard heels and is not pleasing to a lot of people. With engineered wood flooring, you can glue it down to the underlayment which will produce a more solid wood floor sound when walked on with hard shoes.
  • December 25 2009
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I would use a laminate floor because it is much easier to clean and maintain.  One can always soften the look with some area rugs.  As a painting contractor, I recently used a new product by 3M which you walk on to take the dirt off the bottom of your shoes before entering.  You can see basketball players step on something similiar.  The amount of dirt it collects is amazing.  I love my wood floor when my young grand kids come over to eat : )
  • December 24 2009
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If same and a average amount of money is to be spent then i would personally go for a Laminate wood flooring, as it is much more durable, resistant to stains and easy to clean and maintain.

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  • December 17 2009
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If same and a average amount of money is to be spent then i would personally go for a Laminate wood flooring, as it is much more durable, resistant to stains and easy to clean and maintain.

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  • December 17 2009
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