Home decorating question-floors

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Home decorating question-floors
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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 7:53am
We are planning to rreplace our carpet in living and family rooms with wood (pergo) and the vinyl in the kitchen/dining room with tile.

For anyone else who has done so, pros and cons.

Also we have a set amount to spend (a small inheiritance from Grandmother) so figure we will get the best bang for the buck spending the money on the best quality materials and then doing the work ourselve. Has anyone done so and have horror stories or tips.

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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 8:08am
Dh installed laminate flooring in our powder room in our old house. It was easy. It looked nice, but not like real wood. There are real wood floors available that install just like the Pergo and they will add more value to your home than laminate floor. I don't know what they cost though.

We installed tile in our kitchen in our condo. It was a time consuming job, but not that difficult. Tile is great in kitchens. I have tile in my entire downstairs now (kit, LR, FR, DR) and it is a breeze to keep clean and always looks fresh. You will love it.

Jenna

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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 8:25am
I am leaning towards laminate instead of real wood because for a lot of the years we have been married we had wood (good ole base housing) and hated the upkeep. We were visiting BIL in Louisiana over the weekend and they have laminate. It was only the second time we had been there. The first time I didn't even notice the difference between it and real wood. The only reason I did this time is because I actully got on my hands and knees and looked at it.

Another reason for not going with real wood is there would really be no extra return on it of we ever sell. We are limited by location in what our house would bring. Even though our subdivision is very nice, there are a lot of rental duplexes and apartments in the area which keeps the prices down. Which truthfully is how we were able to buy here. Our same home in most other areas of town would be anywhere from $20,00-$50,000 more.

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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 9:31am
I'm not familiar with pergo floors, but on the tile, are you using those 12X12 pieces of ceramic tile? The only con I have ever come up with those is that if you drop something glass, it WILL break...shatter actually. The pros are that it cleans very easily, it LOOKS clean even after several years (as opposed to my CRAP 12X12 linolium that looks dirty no matter what you do to it). My husband is the KING of laying ceramic tile, so if you want, I can have him write up a list of info for you, and I can e-mail it to you. I've never put down ceramic tile, but I have laid vinyl tile, and it wasn't hard at all! :)

We are going to move our house (double-wide manufactured home) in the next 6 months, and when we do, we are going to rip out all the carpet, and have cut berber laid in the living, hall and bedrooms. Then we are going to put in laminate flooring (the snap together kind) in the entry, dinning, kitchen and laundry room. I think I'm going to keep my vinyl tile in the baths for now. I really LOVE it! It is the commercial kind, and guaranteed for life. At the same time, we are going to paint all of the rooms except the bathrooms (which I've already done). Luckily, we have great friends who are willing to help us out, so we should only be out of our house for 14-21 days. And thank GOD for my grandparents who are going to let us stay with them.

so, let me know if you want some info from my husband about the tile flooring. He is much more familiar with installing it than I am.

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 9:45am
We are going to replace our kitchen floor soon too. I'm worried about the kids slipping on the floor, coloring it, etc. I love ceramic tile, but I'm thinking real wood. What did you have when the boys were younger?

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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 1:03pm
My dh and my brother did the laminate floors in our old house. And my mom just did wood plank flooring in her house ALL by herself. Its supposed to be VERY easy. I think tile is pretty easy too-I havent done it but some friends of mine did. They had never done it before but it wasnt difficult and turned out great!

I have heard some people say that laminate is hard to care for, that you cant spill water on it etc, but I havent found that to be true at all. I think its MUCH cleaner and easier than carpet. It will get a bit scratched over time, but ya know, thats going to happen when people are LIVING in a home, lol. A girlfriend of mine who got some beautiful laminate flooring not too long ago told me that her flooring got a scratch on it (one of the kids toys got caught under a couch leg and scraped on the floor). She said it was like *Okay! NOW we can relax!* LOL.

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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 1:30pm
My sister recently did her whole place in Pergo. She likes it, but said if she had it to do over again, she'd do hardwood. My dad and dh were going to install it themselves but b/c she was doing 1200 sq ft, she broke down and hired someone.

My best friend is an interior designer, and I know they use wood laminate for a lot of their "heavy duty" areas (the loading zone of a Pepsi factory, for example) b/c it takes so much wear. But my sister's dogs hate it...they skid on it much worse than hardwood.

Just my experience...Christi

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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 1:42pm
We moved here when my youngest was 17 months old. So we have had tile in our entire downstairs since then. We have been here 2.5 years. I love tile. When making an investment in your home you must think beyond today. Your kids will not be little forever and you can't redo your floors every few years (unless you are a millionaire). If it were me I would put tile in the kitchen.

I had wood in my old house, but not in the kitchen. Tile is easier to take care of. I would be afraid to put real wood in a kitchen even though you see it in all the magazines. I had wood in the rest of my house in NY (except bathrooms). It was lovely.

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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 3:54pm
We have tile in the kitchen, entry way, and all the bathrooms and I LOVE IT. I would never have wood in any area that might possibly flood -- or any area with a lot of water. If I wanted a wood look in the kitchen, I'd go with laminate. The only tip I have is that when you put in the tile and calculate how much it's going to raise the floor level, think about the threshold and the doors. When we put in tile in the entry way it raised the floor, and when we nailed the wooden thresholds back on we couldn't open the front door -- we had to have the front door shaved down a whole quarter inch. If you don't have solid wood doors (and many people don't), you could end up having to custom order a new door!
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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 4:24pm
Whatever you do, don't use white or very light ceramic tile in a kitchen or other heavily trafficked room, unless you want to be washing it 2X a day! We had it in our old house and I was swearing up and down everyday. We have Mexican terra cotta tile in our kitchen and it's not as slippery, has more texture and does not show any dirt. We even have a few tiles with paw and chicken feet imprints, probably from the animals walking over them when they were setting! It's great.

I llove hardwood too and have it in all the "dry" rooms in the house, but from what I understand from my sister, if you want it in the kitchen you have to have many, many coats of seal/varnish put on it, plus it has to be refinished fairly often which is expensive and time consuming, so you basically will lose the use of your kitchen for a few days every 3 or 4 years. Kind of a pain, but it really does look nice.

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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 4:45pm
We just recently installed wood floors in the kitchen and one of the bedrooms. I think it is called a "floating floor" system? It doesn't require any glue, the pieces click into each other. It took us about a day to install the floor in the kitchen. The first pieces were the worst because the floor shifts so much in the beginning so it is hard to get the pieces pounded together and make sure that the cuts are correct. After the first 4 or 5 rows, it got MUCH easier to lay and went very quickly. The wood flooring (very thin layer of wood, but real :-)) has been quite abused in the kitchen but still looks great (as me again in five years though). As for tile, we tiled the back splash in our kitchen ourselves (about 4 meters of tiling to lay in). We found tiling to be relatively straight-forward and used strings to set the distance between the tiles. However, the tiling took a great deal more time than we imagined, not because it was particularly hard, but because it is very fiddly work.

Laura

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