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Kids are sick and.... :puke: :puke: :puke: all over the carpets. They are already 10 years old so its time for an "upgrade"....

My mom has Prego.....I dont like it...

I was thinking about doing bamboo but dont know much about it.....what are pros and cons....

Hardwood would be nice but I think that would cost me...a buck...that I dont have.

Whats the best and cheapest.....something that will last for a long time!!!!

Also I never installed any hardwood flooring....DIY or just pay to get it done?

How much would I be looking at for labor on 2 med sized bedrooms and a hallway? and of course for material...

DId some research...but most sound like they want to sell rather then explain the differences so I figured I would as some of you guys.

thanks

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FWIW... my step-father in law is a hardwood floor installer (has his own business). You can't go wrong with Hardwood floor or Bamboo. Bamboo is a tad cheaper and I believe lighter in color. Really it's just a matter of preference... although he says that hardwood is actually cheap now. The prices fluctuate so if you want to do it, buy it now. We're installing hardwood floors in our home soon too!! :lol:
 

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I've got friends who install as well. Hardwood is awesome, but my friend that used to work down in FL installing Bamboo came back to live here and that's all that he installs. So apparently either he really believes in the product or the install may be easier than real hardwood.

I'm not sure so don't quote me on this, but I don't think you could sand and refinish Bamboo. Obviously that's one of the benefits of REAL hardwood, after a few years you can refinish it and get the original look back. One of my rental properties had nasty carpet when I bought it and when I tore it out I found hardwood under it. The hardwood was about 40yrs old. We sanded and refinished it and it looks amazing, and now I get way more rent for it because it's so desiralbe.

Personally I'd go with the real deal.

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the cheapest way is to use the pre-finished solid hardwood parquet flooring which you glue down with adhesive. $1.19 sq.ft at home depot/lowes. i did my floors 9 years ago and they are ready for refinishing now. i have 5 kids and decided to go ahead and extend the flooring into the hallway outside the kids bathroom after one easter when my daughter ate too much candy :puke: the advantage of the prefinished flooring is that there is no dust with the initial install and you can pretty much walk on it immediately. you have to like the look of parquet however , so this idea might not pop your toast.
 

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there are several options....
Bamboo is much stronger thaqn hardwood. However, it can only be refinished ONCE, if that.
the new prefinished flooring, however, whether parquet or strip, has some pretty impressive specs. For one, the stain is impregnated into the wood via pressure, etc. Rather than just the top surface being stained, it goe s a good dels deeper into the wood. Second, the urethane top coat is finished near perfect. Third and most important - a 20 year warranty (generally) on the finish. Try and get that from someone who refinishes.
 

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I've done some of this lately:

you can't put a solid hardwood floor on top of Concrete. For concrete subsurface, you'll have go with "engineered wood" which is 5-7 layers of wood glued together in cross patterns. 10 times as strong as real hardwood. (or something like that.) Engineered floors are usually have a 15-20 year warranty. and shouldn't need refinishing for that long, though I've been told it can be done once or maybe twice.

engineered floors come in a huge range of colors and stains, you can spend a year just picking the "tone" and grain pattern you like.

you can walk on them the day they are installed.

have a hydrostatic test done to ensure that moisture isn't percolating up from your concrete sub floor. If it is, you need to treat the concrete to keep the water from getting to the wood. not terribly expensive, but it should be done. you can do a crude test of this by duct taping a 1X1 piece of clear plastic to the floor and leaving it for a couple of days. If you get condensation, you need to treat your concrete.

the most amazing part is if something actually happens to some of the wood, they can rip out individual parts and reinstall. Don't ask me how I know this. :roll:

that said, for most hardwood floors you're going to need area rugs for the kids to destroy anyway. :p
 

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I just installed 1000 square feet of Bamboo at the end of last summer. It's the bomb. The dogs nails (80 lb lab) do scratch it like any hardwood floor, but overall it's very hard and looks amazing. You can refinish it several times, not just once, at least that's true for the stuff I have. I am thrilled with the results and I installed it myself. I used a Bosch air powered flooring stapler and it worked awesome. I still have it... maybe you could borrow it if need be. We have natrual color (very light) vertical cut. There are two colors and cuts for bamboo... you can see pictures of them all over the internet. We got ours at ifloor.com for an amazing price. Free shipping to the yellow freight terminal near my house We went and picked it up in my neighbors F-350 Dually Powerstroke.
 

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I don't know much about bamboo, but I love the hardwood that my wife and I have installed in our home. We installed about 900 sq/ft of it when we first moved into our house.

I second the suggestion to go with a prefinished product. Not only do escape the dust and vapors from sanding, staining and sealing, but you also get a product that has several urathane finish coats for durability. Most prefinished products can be refinished and in my opinion is somewhat easier to repair since you will most likely have some left over product. You do not have to worry about trying to match the wood species and stain color.

As far as DIY, it really depends on how handy you are and your confidence to tackle the project. There are plenty of resources about hardwood installation that can be found at the library and on the internet. By doing a little research on the subject, you should be able to determine if you want to tackle the project yourself. Outside of the basic tools found in most homowners toolboxes, you will need a pneumatic floor nailer and table saw (for cross and rip cutting the planks). These tools and any other specialty tools for hardwood installation can be rented at you local hardware store or rental center. Some other finish carpentry may be required after the floor installation, such as baseboard trim work.
 

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When I went to taiwan all the floors were bamboo, it looks amazing. And when we went to the home and garden show we talked to some people and they said that the bamboo flooring is really durable. It looks really nice! Our kitchen and sunroom is all pergo, the 2nd floor is all original hardwood and i think our family room and stairs is going to be bamboo. heheh whatever you choose it'll definitely be better than carpet :lol:
 

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I looked at bamboo but ended up doing our house in kahrs wood floor. We went with brazillian cherry. It turned out great. We did about 1500 sq feet and it cost us about $18K installed. Kind of pricey, but we refinanced and pulled some equity out of our house to pay for it.

Bamboo wasn't that much cheaper, and we were warned that it may not appeal to as many people as hardwood, so it may not be as good for resale value. Bamboo is kind of a new thing, that could go out of style and date your house like whitewashed cabinets for example.

 
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