Right now I have asbestos "old elementary school" tile throughout my house. I just spent an insane amount of time really deeply scrubbing it and sealing it, and it looks better, but that's only relative -- it now looks like shiney stained old gross tile instead of dull and crusted with ground-in dirt stained old gross tile. UGH. I have just officially reached my limit.
I need help deciding what is best for me, though. I do not want tile of any kind (vinyl or ceramic) or carpet of any kind. I am considering wood, laminate, and would really love cork or bamboo but I'm not sure it would love me back.
Here is what I have to work with.
1. I have dogs and sand (outside), plus non-changable high-traffic paths so it has to wear very well. People keep suggesting laminate (Pergo-type floors) but several years ago I saw one that had been in only about two years that looked like total crap in a high traffic path between the living room and kitchen, so I'm very distrusting of how well laminates wear.
2. I can't spend a ton of money, so I'm hoping it can come in at around $5-6 a sq foot max.
3. I strongly prefer something that's going to be a no-glue, no-nail snap together DIY project that doesn't require me to put down a new subfloor, and that uses pre-finished flooring. No matter what it has to be doable as a DIY project. A BIG DIY project since we're talking about 700 sq foot total, which is my entire house except for my bathroom.
4. This will be on top of that butt-ugly tile which is directly on top of a very very cold concrete slab, so some amount of insulating properties (either directly or with an added underlayment) to keep the floor from being ice cold in winter are a big plus.
Help me choose what would be the smartest thing for my house!
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