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    Best type of wood flooring for living room?

    Hai misc contractors, Im getting a condo in downtown Toronto and gonna be replacing the carpet with wood. I've been trying to google different types but usually all the links go to some random company's website.

    Anyone who has an idea of whether hardwood, bamboo, etc. is better in terms of maintenance, durability, and resistance to damage, I would appreciate the help.

    BTW, im not installing the flooring myself, but I wanna get as much info as possible so I dont get suckered by a contractor into buying/paying more for something when there are better alternatives available.
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    use the floorboards (if you have them)
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    How much are you willing to spend? Do you have any pets?

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    use the floorboards (if you have them)
    I doubt a condo would have floorboards unless it was a really old building.
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    Originally Posted by cyde View Post
    How much are you willing to spend? Do you have any pets?



    I doubt a condo would have floorboards unless it was a really old building.
    Price is not as much of an issue because I wanna have the flooring that will generate the best future value for the property. Resistance to scratches and moisture, easy maintenance, things like that (I realize that it's impossible to have all of those features as nothing's perfect but whatever kind of wood is known best to fulfill most of those criterias).

    I don't wanna make a bad decision and a few years down the road have to replace the flooring again. The condo is only 5 years old so it doesn't have floorboards.

    EDIT: No pets either and dont plan on getting one
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    Brazilian walnut/cherry is very durable, but a little on the expensive side. Hickory is also durable and a cheaper than the aforementioned. I personally like red oak for the balance of cost/durability.

    Also are you in a dry or humid climate?

    You could also consider a nice laminate floor that looks like real wood; the only noticeable difference is touch. Cheap, very easy to install yourself & almost indestructible under normal living conditions.
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    OP, you can get laminate flooring, 3/4 inch hardwood flooring, or Engineered hardwood flooring that is a little less than 3/4in thick. Research them and see what is best for your area. Real hardwood flooring is not suggested if you have a very humid climate, it could warp and that is not good.

    Laminate is the least expensive but there are some nice laminate floors out there, just have to take a look at what you like. Only thing here is no way to refinish them, if they do get scratched up you have to replace them. Most are harder to scratch than hardwoods. (hardwoods are easier to scratch up usually)

    Engineered hardwood flooring looks like hardwood but it is made in layers so it is better in humid climates. Most of them can be refinished a couple times.

    Google all of these to get some more info, good luck.
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