04:24AM | 11/03/04
Member Since: 11/07/02
26 lifetime posts
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!


08:56AM | 11/03/04
Member Since: 07/21/04
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well, real engineered wood like Kahrs will be easy to install, but it may be hard to find one in the budget. It will not wear as good as lam, but at least you can sand and finish later.

Laminate may still wear...even concrete will show wear in time.

The easiest with the highest durability will be a high end laminate. If you see high signs of wear on your lam after a couple years, about the only other option would have been tile.

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10:47AM | 11/03/04
Member Since: 11/07/02
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How would cork compare to the laminate in terms of wear? Would there be specific advantages to getting a laminate over getting cork?


04:52PM | 11/03/04
Member Since: 07/21/04
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Cork is an all natural product, so if your Green, then this is an advantage.

Cork will cost more.

Cork is warmer and a whole lot softer.

Laminate is more durable.

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05:05AM | 11/04/04
Member Since: 10/17/04
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My front hallway leading to the kitchen, den, front room, dining room, laundry room and also my entire living room has pergo laminate flooring. It wears very well considering I have two small children, a cat, and a husband who wears his dirty shoes in the house! There are absolutely NO traffic marks whatsoever. Cork is a great floor, but may not be so good with animals.
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