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Beth66

09:50AM | 11/07/03
Member Since: 11/06/03
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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!

k2

01:56PM | 11/07/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Welcome Beth,

Until one of the flooring gurus writes in, I'll put in my two cents. (I seldom seem to be at a loss for words, even when I don't know what I'm talking about )

First, I think you're right to be thinking about hard surface (instead of hubby's idea of carpet) in the hallway. Gets a lot of traffic and wear patterns will show. And those heavily-tracked areas always seem to get dirty quicker.

About eating area, of course it's a personal decision, but hard surface may be better there too. Not only easier to clean, but easier to move chairs in and out, etc.

Also, to confuse the issue further: have you considered using ceramic tile, esp. by front door and hall? Can get pricey, but it sure can be beautiful; it adds a look of elegance and permanence and should last for a long time--and be dog-resistant. If you haven't looked at tile selections lately, you're in for a treat. (Even more than most flooring surfaces, the subfloor is critical and must be really strong. If you go that route, be sure that you (or the installers) put down "concrete board" first. Some less scrupulous tilers/builders will skip this step--knowing that it'll look great for about a year--the typical warranty length.)

Good luck,
-k2 in CO.

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!

k2

04:51PM | 11/07/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
You're right Beth, down a hallway to bedrooms, carpet is probably a good choice; I was kind of picturing an entryway/hall. Ceramic tile is great for entryways (NO, I am NOT in the tile business--although I sometimes wish I was--for the discounts )

My wife wants me to rip out the 12-year old carpet in the master bedroom and put in hardwood flooring. It will probably be "pre-finished" hardwood so I don't have to make a huge mess with sanding, etc. This will be down-the-road, as I am currently embroiled in a kitchen remodel that's dragged on for months (it IS coming along!) I think hardwood is a good choice for bedrooms; we've had carpet a long time--it's hard to 'see' the dirt (such as under the bed and other areas that don't get vacuumed very often)--it's THERE--but it kind of 'hides'.

Till next time,
-k2.

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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