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I actually think what did my floors in, was the installation of our pool, followed two years later by a new roof. So much sand and grit got tracked in, that I think it just wore away the finish.

They look very tired now. :(
 

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That is EXACTLY what I want - anything to make the clean up easier. :)
You won't believe the difference. Not only does it look clean, it IS clean!
I found a quick pass just to dampen the area, then come back for the final instead of concentrating on one area so it it steam to loosen any dirt.
 

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Uniclic--wood laminate--natural cherry.

We bought extra boxes in case we need to replace planks--we do need to replace a certain section where our veteran, now deceased, peed a small lake during a thunderstorm, and my husband and I were both not at home. Jake was storm phobic with a huge dose of separation anxiety thrown in as he got older.

I like the look--very easy to take care of, doesn't scratch.

My husband thinks that natural wood would have held up better to Jake's bladder problem, but I think it would have caused a stain.
 

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We have engineered bamboo floors in our family room (high traffic area) that has been scratched to the nines in just 1 year! It looks absolutely HORRIBLE. The wood is so soft that I can actually dent it by pressing my nail into it. I'll try and get a picture of their condition tonight to post.

In our front hallway (high traffic area) we have laminate floors which have shown NO signs of wear at all, it looks great and is super easy to clean.

Our kitchen is tile which is Molson's favourite place to sleep because it's nice and cool, also easy to clean.

Our Living/Dining rooms (low-traffic area) are real hardwood from the 1960's and are still in great shape, showing no signs of wear from the dog. They haven't been refinished in probably 15-20 years but they still look far better than the engineered bamboo.

As far as stairs, we have the real hardwood on our stairs and I find it quite slippery. Molson slips on it occasionally when he's chasing after the cat :no: :doh:, but within the next year or two we plan to cover the stairs with carpet to help prevent slips and falls.
 

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Thanks for all the input, I want to put tile, granite, marble,ceramic whichever me and my wife agree on, pattern and texture, in the entry ways and bathrooms, I wanted to tile the kitchen as well but my wife wants hard wood floors in there as well as the living room. But I hope she changes her mind on the kitchen after she reads some posts here. Still havent decided on what to do with our living room and stairs yet but me and my wife will discuss it after she reads this thread. I want hard wood floors in the living room, hallway and landing. all our rooms will still have carpet in it. after reading all the posts though we will figure it out.

Thanks again
 

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We have engineered bamboo floors in our family room (high traffic area) that has been scratched to the nines in just 1 year! It looks absolutely HORRIBLE. The wood is so soft that I can actually dent it by pressing my nail into it. I'll try and get a picture of their condition tonight to post.

In our front hallway (high traffic area) we have laminate floors which have shown NO signs of wear at all, it looks great and is super easy to clean.

Our kitchen is tile which is Molson's favourite place to sleep because it's nice and cool, also easy to clean.

Our Living/Dining rooms (low-traffic area) are real hardwood from the 1960's and are still in great shape, showing no signs of wear from the dog. They haven't been refinished in probably 15-20 years but they still look far better than the engineered bamboo.

As far as stairs, we have the real hardwood on our stairs and I find it quite slippery. Molson slips on it occasionally when he's chasing after the cat :no: :doh:, but within the next year or two we plan to cover the stairs with carpet to help prevent slips and falls.

That would be great if you could post your engineered floor pics. it may make it easier to decide then. I want to do it right the first time and all the inputs possible will help. Thanks
 

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Well, that didn't take me long. You can see the discoloration here - this is where the finish has worn off:



This one shows an area that still looks good:



Hopefully you can see the difference.
 

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Someone else asked this question awhile back, here is a link to my response along with a picture of my wood floors, which are about 25 yrs old:



http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/showthread.php?p=1128822#post1128822


I like wood alot but it can be slippery when the dogs are running, I have rugs down in the hallways and the top and bottom of stairs to slow them down and provide traction. In my kitchen I have ceramic tile which is great with the dogs. Very easy to clean and cool in the summer.
 

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I LOVE the original hardwood floors in my old house. They are oiled, are not at all slippery, feel nice on my bare feet and are very easy to take care of.

My friend has a lovely home and has replaced most of the carpeting with hardwood. We have the same contractor. She had her floors finished with an expensive, very hard finish that took several applications. The floors are high gloss, and are definitely scratched.

My floors are oiled, with no gloss, not at all slippery, with just a nice gleam to them. Except for where I have dragged the furniture across it with no protection, there are no scratches on it. Unfortunately, it is deeply stained from years of icky carpet with stuff spilled on it by renters and not toweled up, paint dripped on it by the former owners, etc. Refinishing it is not an option, due to location of the floor.

I researched this and have spoken with my contractor about it. We both agreed that my best bet would be a hardwood floor finished with tung oil. My reading found it to be very durable, easy to maintain, not at all slippery, safe and beautiful. I can't wait to see what my contractor comes back to me with!

I have tile in the mud room (house entrance), kitchen and dining area. I went with a lovely blue green ceramic tile, with swirls of cream in it. When it was first laid, it reminded me of walking on a globe of the Earth :) I still love it, and it's been great for puppies and litters (I sealed the grout to prevent staining and odors). It is however cold on my feet, very hard and slippery.

When all is said and done, I will have carpeting only in the bedroom and office. I'd replace that too, but I have no idea how to do that, with all the furniture and stuff in those rooms.
 

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If you are looking at resale...dont forget a call to your favorite realtor...
The realtors I spoke with said that in New England - hardwood is always a selling plus and tile should only be in entryways, kitchens, hallways and baths- not in living rooms, bedrooms or dens...

We have a wood floor company coming to look at the floor and see if they can work some magic! <they are in pretty rough shape!>
We will tile the kitchen, hall and bath.The tile guy said with our lifestyle (read: house full of wet dogs and potential future puppies) choose tile with a low absorption rate...and to use a 100% epoxy grout - that epoxy grout doesn't need to be sealed as its absorption rate is very low...he said the grout is not a typical DIY project..something about needing to be careful during cleanup.
 
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