Post # 77
We have a mix of hardwood, tile and carpet.
In an ideal house I’d probably have tile in the kitchen, bathrooms, and basement, then hardwood in all other areas. I’d consider carpet in the bedrooms, as I do like the feel.
Right now we have hardwood on the entire main level and I HATE having it in the kitchen. I’m always dropping things and freaking out about it. Plus we have 2 large dogs and they run and scratch the wood. We have a natural maple hardwood, which thankfully doesn’t show the scratches like some darker woods.
Tile comes in various grade levels, so that is something to consider. I wouldn’t purchase tile from a place like Home Depot or Lowes – I’d go to a tile store or work with a contractor to get into a wholesale flooring place. We were able to get into one of the wholesale places due to our realtor and got a great deal on a grade 4 or 5 porcelain tile. We wanted something that would hold up to the dogs, normal wear and tear, plus everything I could drop. We’ve had no issues with it since installing it (it’s in the basement/1st floor entry). We also have a 90 gallon fish tank, so tile is a must for downstairs. I’ve flooded the area one to many times to not do tile now.
Just consider where you live with what you get. If you are in a rainy climate or near the beach, tile may be a better choice for your house. Having tile at entryways would be a good solution too.
Post # 78
If it’s a home I’m planning on staying in forever, true hardwood all the way. For a not so forever home, meh, go laminate. The home we’re in now, we probably won’t stay in for more than another few years, so we ended up redoing all the floors except the bedrooms in laminate. It’s a good quality and we spent good money on the underlayment so it doesn’t sound awful. I love it. We’ve got 2 dogs running around the place and it’s so easy to just run a swiffer around the house every night – takes me all of 10 minutes.
Post # 79
I have Berber carpet in the bedrooms, hardwood in the living room and a light colored quality tile in the kitchen, dining room, enterance, and bathrooms. I also have a cat that sheds like a Mo-Fo! I love all my flooring. Kitty is not allowed in our bedroom (to limit the hair on clothing and bedding, although I love her I am allergic to her!) so I don’t have to worry about vacumming there much but berber really holds up (its also on our stairs/hallway where kitty lounges). My hardwood is a light oak. I am typically drawn to dark hardwood however find that dust, pet hair and scratches show much stronger on dark hardwood. I never want to be that mom that panics from little toy cars driving along the hardwood possibly scratching it. I am really of no help but happy remodeling!
Post # 80
We have engineered laminate wood in our living room/dining/halls. I love them, but they are a pain!
Also, this is the biggest suggestion I can give, if you do wood/laminate floors be sure to get floors that aren’t glossy – do hand scraped or matte floors. Ours are super glossy and it is SO annoying because if our feet or my Golden’s paws are even the slightest bit damp, it leaves very obvious prints all over the super glossy floor. These floors look so pretty when they are clean, but because of our footprint and paw print smudges, they are really annoying to keep up with.
See how shiny & if you look closely near the dog, you can already see the smudges on the floor! It is a love/hate realtionship & if I could go back in time I would get handscraped for sure.
Post # 81
I didn’t read all the responses so forgive me if I’m repeating. Never carpet. Never!! It is impossible to really clean. Dust mites, mold spores, etc are not easy to clean. I would do hard wood all day every day, except tile in bathrooms. Another thing to consider is that if you’re planning to sell at some point, you will get a much higher price if your home is updated with wood and tile vs carpet. As you can tell, most people loathe carpet. It’s not a smart or healthy decision IMO.
Post # 82
No matter how high quality your carpet, if you have a dog with piddle issues you’ll be steam cleaning. We have very nice carpet in some areas of the house (installed by the last owners) and laminate in others. We have a shi tzu and sometimes the family golden retreiver. the shi tzu sometimes messes in the house and trust me when I say that if that happens on your nice carpet you will be EVEN MORE irritated than you are now.
I voted Laminate. The reason is that hardwood can be very expensive and you will not be in that house for very long (possibly). I love hard wood but the reality is that living there for only 3 years it may not be worth the investment. Also if everything else is sub par quality, you’ll have floors that are way higher end than the rest of the house and having the fancy floors won’t get you a very good return on your money. The other thing is that its not as durable or waterproof as laminate. hardwood scratches fairly easily becaues it’s soft and it can warp and do all kinds of crazy stuff. We have a light colored laminate and yo ucannot see the dog hair which is nice when the golden comes over because we don’t stand there looking at the floors thinking how horribly dirty they are the entire time we have him.
Save the money you would spend on hardwood for your long term forever home IMO.
Post # 83
@ChuckNorris: I’m a huge tile fan. Its beautiful, theres no dog smell, its easy to clean, & doesn’t require any maintenence, and will stay in practically mint condition, (aside from dropping bowling balls on it), until you decide to change it. I love the look of 24″ x 24″ tile throughout a large space with no grount or a minimal amount…I also like hardwood, but you have to take care of it…once someone wallks on it with shoes on its never the same again, and you can see every little thing. & we had the best quality hardwood…plus crumbs & doggie stuff gets inside the nooks nad crannies in the planks and stuff…its just not practical in a home thats getting a lot of use…if you have kids/dogs/husbands etc. its only gonna look pretty for a day or two. Thats just my two cents. =/
Post # 84
It varies depending on where the house is… and sometimes what room of the house. Down her in FL where it gets stupid hot in the summer? Tile, hands down, in every room. Stays cool in the summer and super easy to clean. Just toss down throw rugs wherever you want a little cushion. Anywhere else, especially where it gets cold, I’m a fan of hardwood everywhere except for the bathrooms and kitchen. The hardwood just has a warmer feel and isn’t as freezing cold as tile… unless you get RADIANT heat to go under the tiles!!! lol. Anyways Those are the two best floors, imo. And this is when dealing with kids, pets, and a very messy cook 🙂
Post # 85
I love hardwood too. That would be my preference. I don’t mind carpet in bedrooms, but I still prefer hardwood there too. I hate carpet in the living areas.
I like tile in bathrooms/laundry room/kitchen.
As far as hardwood scratching, you really need to make sure you get a harder wood that is less likely to scratch. Eventually you can just refinish it if it gets really scratched up. You can also get some handscraped woods that disguise potential scratches a lot better than the high shine woods. You should also be putting rugs down in some high-traffic areas. Carpet just gets sooo gross after a while. I don’t want to even know what is hiding out in some carpets!
Post # 86
@Woodstock: I didn’t think about the heat during the summer. It gets about 115 here during the summer but 25 during the winter. Pretty exteme weather conditions. I’m so bundled that cold floors wouldn’t really matter to me, but would they matter to my dogs? I keep the house pretty warm for them while I am at work because I worry about them. Maybe I would need to get heated tiles if I went with tile…that sounds really expensive…ugh!
Post # 87
All the comments about the durability of wood kind of confuse me. My parents house (13 years old) has a lot of hardwood, and they have 2 dogs and the wood looks great. They did refinish the hallway area once because they expanded the wood to another room and it wouldn’t match perfectly without refinishing, but the rest of the wood is 13 years old and still looks amazing. Maybe it’s really good quality? Idk but I’m going to have to ask my dad, the handyman, about it.
Post # 88
@ChuckNorris: oh no! you don’t have to get heated tiles. I was just saying that because my parents and I always joke about how we always want to get heated tiles so that when we step out of the shower on a cold day it will be nice and toasty warm 🙂 I’m sure your pups would be fine. It gets chilly in the winter here at night (I’m in northern FL so it’s not hot like Miami!) and in the morning and our dogs are fine with it. I like tile because I’m not afraid of scratching it like I am with hardwood floors. Also you can always get area rugs cheap from Homegoods and skatter those about so that there are some ‘warm plush’ spots.
Post # 89
I like hardwood with area rugs. Our whole house is hardwood, with the exception of the bathroom (tile) and kitchen which is laminate that looks like tile (because tile feels so cold on my feet, haha). I’ve pulled up a lot of carpets when fixing up houses, and I can get over how many stains there always are on the pad under the carpet. Grosses me out so much, I never feel like carpet gets “clean”. I like knowing I can wash & vaccuum on our floors and there is nothing there that I can’t see.
It’s important to train your dogs not to run on the hardwood though. They can slip & slide and hurt themselves or break something in your house. We’ve only had our new dog for a little over a month & he already understands that the area rugs are where he plays.
I feel like wood is pretty durable too. If you’re putting a new hardwood floor in, get the kind that can be refinished. I know they sell some that really aren’t designed to be refinished ever. Half the hardwood in our house is 50 years old, never refinished, and still looks beautiful. The rest of the rooms we put in before we moved in 2 years ago.
Post # 90
@ChuckNorris: I was a little off on the warranty – looks like its 25 years rather than 30. We ordered it here – they sent us free samples til we found what we wanted! Great price too. Brand we are getting is Lamton.
Post # 91
I like the pros of carpet – soft, warm, and fuzzy. However, unless you are a cleaning fanatic and plan to wash and vaccuum all the time, I wouldn’t go with a house full of carpet. Everything from allergens to bugs to hair gets caught in the fibers and it’s just so gross and unsanitary. It helps if you have no pets and didn’t wear your shoes in the house, but it’s just too much work to keep clean.
I don’t like tile unless you live in a very humid environment or a warm one because I always find tile to be very cold (temperature-wise). If there is a lot of light-colored grout in between the tiles, then that can get stained quickly and that’s not exactly easy to clean.
I like the look of hardwood and if you get the stain-resistant, super durable kind, then it wears well and isn’t as cold to the touch as tile. It’s also easier than carpet to keep clean IMO.
I also really like the look of poured concrete, which can also be stained a variety of colors. Assuming you don’t have a super light concrete with a lot of red wine parties, it’s easy to keep clean and new looking and no grout to worry about. The downside is that the initial investment can be pricey.