Home Flooring

  • Home Flooring

    Posted by MN_MamaBear on August 19, 2023 at 3:36 pm

    It’s time, after 28 years for us to rip out the original flooring in our 1947 house. We have a good section that’s hard floor. I could use some suggestions as to flooring that will stand up to kids, men with boots, chairs getting slid across it, heavy items being dropped on it, and spills. I don’t want linoleum even though it’s probably my best bet. I have not worked in a hardware or Home Improvement store for 20+ years, so I’m out of the loop on what’s available. Any suggestions from you all would be appreciated. A side note to this is I cannot or will not put in real wood floors. That’s too much upkeep for me, as I’m not getting younger.

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    Summerhat-n-Chicks replied 7 months, 4 weeks ago 5 Members · 13 Replies
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  • BeckyWecky

    Member
    August 19, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    We’re about to do the same in house just getting settled in. We had good experience with vinyl tiles in a previous home. They looked like slate, easy to clean and durable. Just now moving from a house with ceramic tile~ will never do that again. I actually like sheet vinyl ~ it’s comfortable to walk on, easy to clean and comes in almost endless choices.

    • MN_MamaBear

      Member
      August 19, 2023 at 11:55 pm

      Thank you 💚🌞

  • HeidiRainCountry

    Community Leader
    August 19, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    It seems the laminate “wood” flooring they are making these days is holding up much better than the first of its kind they came out with. At least from what I have seen. I also believe it is still less expensive than real hard wood. The benefit of real hard wood though is it can always be sanded down and refinished though I think with the laminate you can pop out a damaged piece and replace it. Of course I am only going by what I know from about 27 years ago when we expanded the dance room and were trying to decide between hard wood and laminate. We went with a floating hard wood as we were not too thrilled with the laminate they had back then

    • MN_MamaBear

      Member
      August 19, 2023 at 6:14 pm

      Have you had any issues with the floating hardwood now that you’ve converted it to a less formal area? I mean now that it’s getting more everyday life use? Hubz would like the wood, but I’m not a big fan of having the same flooring throughout the entire house. I like each room to have it’s own look. Whether that’s color or texture.

      • HeidiRainCountry

        Community Leader
        August 19, 2023 at 7:50 pm

        Even though we use the room for family gatherings, it does not get near the amount of daily use as it did when teaching dance and martial arts but it has held up beautifully for us ever since

  • BiggKidd

    Member
    August 19, 2023 at 4:09 pm

    Take a look at penny epoxy floors and paper bag epoxy floors.

    • MN_MamaBear

      Member
      August 19, 2023 at 11:48 pm

      I don’t want something permanent. I would think that an epoxy floor laid on top of the wood subfloor would be labor-intensive to remove. What do you think?

      • BiggKidd

        Member
        August 20, 2023 at 12:38 am

        Yes it would be tough to change later but they wear well.

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

    Member
    August 19, 2023 at 8:07 pm

    I love my tile floor in the dine-in kitchen and back entrance. I added an Inlay that makes the dining area look like there’s a carpet. We left the old hardwood floor underneath and just put it on top.

    • MN_MamaBear

      Member
      August 19, 2023 at 11:49 pm

      What kind of tile?

      • Summerhat-n-Chicks

        Member
        August 20, 2023 at 1:47 am

        I would have to check on the name/number, but it’s textured, mat and has a brown/sand color. It may be Italian, but I know it’s very fine compressed ceramic to withstand a beatings.

      • MN_MamaBear

        Member
        August 20, 2023 at 2:09 am

        Is ceramic cold in the winter? We are consistently below zero outside and we have an unfinished basement. I would think that any kind of tile would be freezing underfoot in the winter. We don’t have a wood stove and in our rambler, the heating vents are at the top of the wall, not on the floor.

      • Summerhat-n-Chicks

        Member
        August 20, 2023 at 2:33 am

        I never noticed it being cold. It probably is when you walk around in socks which we never do (we both wear sheep skin slippers) and keep our overall room temp at a low 68/-9. We also have an unfinished basement, but have baseboard hot water heater. Our wood burning stove is in the living room where we have bamboo flooring on a slab. Over 10 years now and never once regretted it.

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