Latest Discussions : Flooring & Stairs


03:51PM | 05/27/07
Member Since: 05/26/07
1 lifetime posts
We are purchasing a new home with (on 1st floor) carpet in the LR, Hardwood in the foyer and Dining and Vinyl in the kitchen, breakfast and mudroom (off LR). When you walk in the door you see 3 different floors and it looks awful. We can make changes, but I don't know where to begin. I have 2 small children. What floor type would be the best for kids and easy on the eyes as well? I think the hardwoods are laminate, not sure...on the upgrade options it just says hardwoods according to the cost the ceramic tile is more expensive than the hardwood (thus I don't think they are 'real' wood. Can anyone give me thoughts on ceramic tile vs. vinyl vs. hardwoods for kids? Thank you and I'm running out of time to make the change!


09:37PM | 05/27/07
Member Since: 10/28/05
311 lifetime posts
The best bang for your buck for durability, wear, ease of cleanup, and overall longevity would be a properly installed ceramic/porcelain tile floor with grout joints sealed periodically or with waterproof epoxy grout.

It's a surface that should last the life of your home, so even though the overall product and installation costs might seem a little high in comparison to other surfaces, it's longevity makes it a true value.

Porcelain Tile:

Epoxy Grout:

Grout Sealer:

Aqua Mix:


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The right way and the wrong way.

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