- 2 years ago
- Wedding: February 2015
I know it is early for a vent, but I just have to get it out or I’m going to be biting someone’s head off soon.
Alright, so a quick recap: We decided to upgrade our floors. Originally we planned for $6,000, but due to problems with the concrete under the carpet we ripped up, our project quickly increased to $10,000. We were DIY installing hardwood downstairs, but the concrete wasn’t level so we had to pay a dude to come out and relevel it for us. Well… after the new concrete was added we discovered that the stuff we’d originally purchased wasn’t going to work as it was too thick now. THANKFULLY we were able to return the product, but we did end up having to spend more to get a different product that was thinner but still something we liked. Also, since we had new concrete state law, or our HOA, or city law, or just because that’s how it’s done, we have to wait 60 days before we can install ANYTHING over the concrete, so we’re living in a semi-construction zone and it is just a little bit frustrating, especially for a cleaning freak like myself. We’re also having to hold off on the carpet being installed because I don’t want the new carpet to get dirt/debris/etc from when the floors are getting installed. Also, all of the furniture that was in these rooms are shoved in to rooms upstairs, and it’s just way too cluttered now to try and do the carpet.
Well, fast forward to this morning. I get a call from the guy we’re ordering the hardwood from. He tells me that he has some bad news. The product we selected, and paid for, was a limited quality, being discontinued product and the shipping warehouse miscalculated their stock and it turns out they DON’T have enough to complete our product! Now, I will say, this is NOT the business’ fault. They called the warehouse (not owned by them) when I was standing right there with them and asked if they had enough stock to do our project. The only other product I found that we really liked is $2.00 MORE per square ft. which is going to seriously increase the overall cost of our floors once again (I haven’t calculated exactly how much after taxes… but a lot). I’m going to go look at other flooring options today, but my mind has already started processing the information and coming up with ideas.
So now we’re left with some options:
<br /><br />1) We spend the extra money, get the more expensive floor (even though we don’t LOVE it as much as our other 2 selections), and just go from there. We do have the extra cash stashed away to still cover it, but I really don’t want to go too far over $10,000 at this point. Pros: We still have hardwood like we originally wanted. Cons: We’re spending way more than we originally wanted to.
<br /><br />2) We get HW looking tiles installed. When I was at the store they had some really nice looking tiles that caught my eye, and I thought they were interesting. Pros: The price is closer to what we had originally planned to spend on the HW, including the cost of having them install it, so we wouldn’t have to DIY it (and honestly, I don’t feel like DIYing tile). I’ll also be able to mop it with the rest of the floor. There will be no transition piece between it and the already laid tile. Cons: I really don’t love tile. Grout is my sworn enemy. I’m also a clean freak and scrub my grout, so adding more grout would only add to more scrubbing. I’m worried the two tiles will look odd, and that we’ll just decide to rip up the existing tile (that I do actually like) just to make the house feel less choppy.<br /><br /><br />
3) I’m also considering doing a stained concrete option, instead of actually laying anymore floor down. I’ve no price range for this, or what work would be needed to get it done, however, I’m assuming it is going to be fairly cheap overall. I’ve seen some LOVELY stained, glossy concrete floors, and while it’s not my preferrance, I do believe I could live with it. Pros: Likely cheaper, likely less of a hassle, likely less of a headache. No grout to clean. Can still mop the floors, so easy cleaning. Cons: Worried about it cracking. Where we live you get cracks in concrete. It’s pretty much a promise. They aren’t THAT big of a deal and I assume it would only crack the concrete not whatever is put over the concrete as a seal (I’d think?). Not sure if I could get a stain that would be the exact color I want. Don’t know too much about this process since I haven’t done my research.
4) Go Engineered Hardwood instead of SOLID hardwood. Another option I am considering is going in to the engineered hardwood category (NOT laminate – I can explain the differences in a foot note for folks if some don’t know the difference). We looked at some EHW samples when I was toying with the idea of putting EHW upstairs. EHW is not a BAD option, in fact, since we have a concrete subfloor we’re having to have a HDF subfloor installed over it so we could put the HW floor over concrete. BUT if we went EHW, we wouldn’t need to buy a subfloor, and could go back to having a thicker product, but this time, instead of solid HW, do EHW (meaning it would have either MDF, HDF, or Plyboard in the middle). Pros: We can get our original flooring look in an EHW. EHW can be floated, glued down, etc. It is SUPER easy to install apparently. The price is significantly LOWER. The top layer is REAL hardwood. Only the middle part isn’t hardwood. Cons: It isn’t SHW, it can only be refinished 2 times if needed. I really wanted SHW and am afraid that EHW might turn off potential buyers in the future. They might think it is “cheap”, even though when LAID I personally cannot tell the difference! (the showroom had engineered laid next to solid and I couldn’t tell the difference, nor from room to room).
5) Say “f” it, and just put in carpet. Pros: It’s carpet. Cons: It’s carpet. (yeah, not really TOO fond of this idea, but thought I would include it.)
The store is refunding all of our money (of course) that we paid for the hardwood, so we’re basically at square one for the downstairs flooring option. I’d like to make a decision by the end of the week so I can put this behind me and not have an unknown dangling above my head. I’m going in today to look at other flooring options (at the store we were originally selecting from, as well as others, but we pretty much have picked through everything in the area) and will do some more research. However, this call came before I’d even had my first cup of coffee this morning. I might have to treat myself to some fancy coffee because of this!
<br /><br /><br />*Engineered Hardwood vs. Laminate* *Disclaimer, this is just the information that was explained to me, I am in no way an expert on these 2 products, please feel free to correct anything that I’ve misunderstood.*
<br />Basically EHW has a real layer of hardwood on top of a variety of products. EHW comes in a variety of qualities, and the way the hardwood is cut can vary greatly depending on quality. The degree of thickness of the top layer of hardwood also varies from product to product. You can get a very very thin strip that can never be refinished or you can get a thicker strips that can be PROFESSIONALLY refinished up to x-amount of times depending on how thick the top layer is. However, lots of times they come with a 30-50+ years finish warrenty, so the likelyhood that you’ll want to, or NEED to refinish can be slim if you get a real product. They also can use MDF, HDF, or Ply board for the construction of the piece. MDF and HDF must be used in Click-Lock (meaning the pieces click and lock together) because Ply board would snap.
Laminate, on the other hand, has the same base construction as EHW, however, the top layer is actually a photocopy on a thin piece of plastic (at least I think he said plastic). It can NOT be refinished ever, and since it is a photocopy there will be less difference between the pieces. You’ll get a more consistant look to your floor without the unavoidable differences in woodgrain patterns of real wood. It can be a good option for people who want the look and feel of hardwood. IMO it was hard to tell some laminate from hardwood when laid. However, I really don’t want laminate because it doesn’t have the same life expectancy of EHW or HW. So I’m not even considering it as an option at this point.<br /><br /><br />
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