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    I'm ripping up the carpet in my room. I'd like to replace it with solid wood floors. Do any of you have wood floors? I wanted to know how it holds up with the wheelchair rolling on it so much. They showed me a vinyl plank that's supposed to look like wood, but it looks like vinyl when you compare the two. Any wood floor users here?

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    Wood floors have been great in our house, no wear from the wheelchair at all. (Now, the trim around the doors is another thing! That gets dinged on a regular basis.)

    It is an older home with original hard woods that were refinished just before we moved in. They are also so much easier to maneuver on.

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    • #3
      Hi,
      Go to http://www.cpa-odyssey.org/ and then "modifications" and look up Geoffrey Olsen. Then you will see my wood floors.

      I have 'site finished' Brazillian Cherry Wood floors through out the entire house. I love it. The only thing is that my dusty wheels will leave tracks on it. So I have to do a little cleaning - don't mind it at all. The reason for the site finished is that I do not have any bevelled edges so the floor is toally flat. I didn't want the little edges because I could feel the bumps all the time.

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      • #4
        I forgot.

        The way you can get around the tire tracks is get a lighter wood - like beech.

        G

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        • #5
          Laminate flooring holds up well, we have it throughout our house.

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          • #6
            I have wood floors up and down. They seem to be handling my powerchair very well.





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            • #7
              lol i am cheap this was a foreclosure the carpets were worse than nasty. i just left the concrete floor suits me its clean granted doesn/t look as nice
              but ......

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              • #8
                Originally posted by johnnie2130
                I'm ripping up the carpet in my room. I'd like to replace it with solid wood floors. Do any of you have wood floors? I wanted to know how it holds up with the wheelchair rolling on it so much. They showed me a vinyl plank that's supposed to look like wood, but it looks like vinyl when you compare the two. Any wood floor users here?
                Hello johnnie2130,

                I have parquet oak flooring in my living rooms – no carpets – anywhere. And are very pleased with that.

                These types of floors are very durable I find (well one could go for tiles or something but that is not so forgivable if one should flip over or loose something) and I have had it and wheeled on it since around 2000 and just a few minor scratches shows and I have done nothing with it. Very easy to clean as well due to the smooth surface.

                And if one buys some good parquet flooring of some thickness one can also grind and lacquer it several times over several decades if the surface is not looking too good after some years.

                And if choosing say some parquet flooring go for the harder wood types, like nice cherry wood is softer than for example oak and then more vulnerable for scratches and marks.

                Depending on the facing direction of the room vs. the sun and window areas in the room you plan to install wooden floor in, it can also be a smart thing to look into and consider this as how much daylight you get into your room. Like if you get little daylight into you’re room a smart thing could be to install wood types that are lighter in colour. Like for example oak are much lighter than mentioned cherry wood.

                As for vinyl plank or vinyl laminated look-alike flooring vs. real wood parquet or wood flooring I wouldn’t go for that although such vinyl flooring is very durable due to such vinyl flooring is very cold in itself (might not be a problem in Louisiana though). But next time at the shop, check the temp by fingers (for those who can feel) on the surface of the two and compare between laminated vinyl floor and real parquet wood flooring, one will be surprised. I have cables in my floors, but I only use that wintertime.

                Hope some tips here could help you to decide. And off course there are also many other ways to make wooden flooring and different types of floor but that is for you to might want to look at. If you have an existing floor with carpet on you would like to modify, I’d go for wooden parquet or some other similar systems.

                Oh, and if installing some wooden flooring, parquet or otherwise. Don’t fall into the trap of making some fancy zigzag pattern or something although it might seem like a good idea at first. You’d’ soon enough become tired of such an installation of the floor. Go for old fashion parallels, easy for the eyes over time and will never go out of fashion.

                Good luck.

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                • #9
                  Johnnie, did the same thing, my wife is a genius. We ripped up the gawd awful shag carpet in the front,dining,hallway and found beautiful oak floors from the 1950's. AND, just so happened about 6 mo later oldest sone went into hardwood floor co work. He had acess to swedish finish and replaced a couple of spots that were moisture stained, beautiful, it's been 11 yrs and people still walkin and gasp at the expanse of floors and the condition.(we actually just acquired an old (my grandmothers from the 40's , woven carpet) to cover high traffic in front room) But it is HEAVEN compared to carpets!
                  The only prob is if you go in an out the tires track crap in here(raining Seattle, with trees all around the house),got most of family trained to remove shoes but I haven't quite figured out the remove wheels routine.

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                  • #10
                    Don't know if your house is on a slab or not, but stained concrete floors are wonderful for wheelchairs. One of our favorite restaurants has them, and my boyfriend is totally in love with wheeling around on them.

                    This site has some good pictures. http://www.concreteideas.com/concret...nterior_floors

                    I'm pretty sure you have to be able to pour new concrete, or a new layer of concrete on existing concrete to get the appropriate smoothness, finish and color.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by fishin'guy
                      The only prob is if you go in an out the tires track crap in here(raining Seattle, with trees all around the house),got most of family trained to remove shoes but I haven't quite figured out the remove wheels routine.
                      THEN comes a little carpet sneaking in , just place it or somting similar inside next to the front door in the hall.

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                      • #12
                        This gives me a lot of info on wood floors and any worries. I know some of you have old floors with the original wood that's very durable. Does anybody have the solid wood planks that the flooring company puts down? I'm pretty sure that some of you said you do, but I want to make sure before I spend so much money. I've heard the wood will slightly sink if my chair were to sit on it in the same place over a long period of time. Anybody know about this?

                        Thanks for all of the very helpful replies!

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                        • #13
                          We just remodeled our house 2 yrs ago and put laminate in half of the house w/ tile in the other have. The laminate is holding up nicely. My in-laws have hard wood floors and the only problem is dropping things. My MIL dropped a steak knife and it stuck it's landing. Boy was she upset. I don't guess it helped that I laughed.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by johnnie2130
                            I've heard the wood will slightly sink if my chair were to sit on it in the same place over a long period of time. Anybody know about this?

                            Thanks for all of the very helpful replies!
                            There are two ways to install the wood flooring. A flooring that is floated has space between it and whatever is underneath. That you do not want because it will sag, and it sounds hollow when walked on. You want the flooring applied directly to the existing floor. I have hardwood applied directly on cement foundation, but it is in a room I rarely use with my chair so will not comment on its durability.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by gigi
                              Don't know if your house is on a slab or not, but stained concrete floors are wonderful for wheelchairs.

                              I'm pretty sure you have to be able to pour new concrete, or a new layer of concrete on existing concrete to get the appropriate smoothness, finish and color.
                              It is wonderful for wheelchairs! I have three rooms that I stained after tearing out the carpeting, many years ago. No need to pour anew. If you have a smooth, or even semi-smooth slab, all you need to do is make certain the floor is absolutely clean. I gave the floor an acid wash, nutralized with a vinegar wash. Once it was dry I vacuumed up all the debris, and set about painting. I am very proud of the floor I made look like slate stepping stones.

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