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Beth66

09:50AM | 11/07/03
Member Since: 11/06/03
6 lifetime posts
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Hello -

We are getting ready to install brand new Milliken carpeting in our family room and also a new floor in the kitchen, eating area and hallway. We have a Cape Cod. As you enter the front door you are in the family room - which gets a ton of traffic. We plan to put down a small area of laminate wood flooring (not sure what brand? suggestions?) at the entranceway so people can wipe off their feet if necessary. Walking from the family room there is a doorway that brings you right into our kitchen's eating area and actual kitchen which is 190 square feet. If you turn to the left there is a hallway that is 40 square feet.

Right now there is indoor/outdoor carpeting throughout the entire kitchen/eating area and hallway - which we are getting rid of. My husband wants to carpet the eating area and hallway - but I prefer to use laminate or vinyl throughout the kitchen and eating area. Initially I wanted to put laminate or vinyl down the hallway - but there are two bedrooms down there and a bathroom and I just think it will look to "kitcheny" - plus it would be nice to have a soft surface to walk on.

So most likely we will do the laminate or vinyl JUST in the kitchen and eating area. We have wood cabinets - so are going with a laminate tile (glueless lock) or a vinyl sheet.

We have it narrowed down to 2 products. Congoleum Ultimate (style is Destiny, color is White Putty) or Shaw Laminates "Natural Splendor" in Tigris or Adriatic Sands. We have a 2 dogs but don't anticipate a lot of scratching going on. There is a sliding glass door in the kitchen - but a lot of moisture is not anticipated. And there is the chance of a baby one day in there too.

Anyone have any experience with either of these 2 products in durability and lasting appearance? Also - what brand do you recommend in wood laminate for entranceway? We have heard nothing but good things about the interlocking laminates and also that glued products will be phased out.

Thanks!

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Beth

Beth66

09:50AM | 11/07/03
Member Since: 11/06/03
6 lifetime posts
Forgot to mention we have dogs!

Beth66

02:55PM | 11/07/03
Member Since: 11/06/03
6 lifetime posts
Hi and thanks for the response! We thought about ceramic tile - but the hallway area is where we will come out of our bedroom, and the thought of walking on cold tile in the middle of the night to get to the bathroom is rather unappealing. I know we could have a runner along there - but I guess his thought is why tile then? And I kind of agree. The hallway won't be traveled anymore than other parts of the house - so we aren't as concerned with traffic patterns - as we are what will look the nicest and I must admit the warmth of carpeting in that area of the house is what will probably look best. I can't picture vinyl or laminate tile - and if we were to go with an entirely different surface it would look odd because this is a small area we are talking about. So we would have carpet, then kitchen flooring, then ceramic. Unless we did it all ceramic - and that is not in the budget.

Thks again for your thoughts - they are very helpful and great points to consider!

Beth66

03:37AM | 11/09/03
Member Since: 11/06/03
6 lifetime posts
Hi there -

Thanks for all the info. Based on looks, we opted to go with the Congoleum vinyl in the kitchen. Believe it or not - it looks nicer than the laminate tile.

Beth

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