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  • Flooring-laminate, lino or tile?

    The contractors say laminate wont hold up to w/c use and say go for lino...i'd rather not, laminate is what I want but what about tile?

    "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow"
    ~ Anon
    Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

  • #2
    I have tile in my home and its great. Easy to roll on, very durable and easy to clean. Given those three choices, I'd go with tile hands down.

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    • #3
      I have a wood floor with a thick coating of whatever it is the manufacturer puts on it. [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img] It's smooth and tough enough for wheelchairs and dog toenails. It looks good and the cost is about the same or less than the cost of tile. It doesn't require the maintenance that a plain wood floor needs. After 3 years of use, my wheelchair and 2 active dogs haven't made much of a dent. I've heard that it holds up well with kids too. [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

      Tile is a tough material, but I'm a weak pusher and I tend to have trouble pushing on tile.

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      • #4
        cost numbers

        Tile is going to cost you anywhere from $2.50 to $3.50 per square foot to lay down IN LABOR COSTS. Variables depend on things like having to remove rugs or other materials. Also, will they have to pour any of the leveling compounds, and will they have to "tape" any slab cracks that become apparent, once the slab is exposed. Also, will they have to move and re-locate furniture. If all of these variable apply to you, then $3.50 per sq foot is actually cheap. Then there is the charge to "seal" the grout. Usually not included in the $3.50.

        Another question is how the tile will be laid and matched to walls. Will you use some sort of wood stripping or will you have precise tolerances for tile matching the edges of the walls. Also, who will "cover" your clothes and furniture, because the dust from the operation is beyond belief.

        There is also the cost of the tile. Tile sizes can be up to 13x13 inches on the large size. Styles include rough look (Mexican) or smooth and shiny (Italian). The tile outlets have this stuff at prices ranging from $1.00 to $3.50 per sq ft for the tile, itself. One thing to know is that once a pallet is opened, there needs to be some idea that the tile is all within 1/64th of an inch in all being the same size. And if you mix pallets, then tile from one pallet might not be within the 1/64th tolerance of tile in the second pallet, even though both are the same style.

        I have tile. It is nice. All these wolves were contended with when we laid the stuff. It helps to have a check list of all the vairables so that everyone is singing from the same hymn book.

        We considered Prego laminant. As I recall, it cost more than tile. Not so sure about today's market. HArdwood flooring has the same questions.

        If you ever want to trade a few emails on the check list, let me know

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        • #5
          I have hardwoods floors, Carpet and Lino in the Kitchen. The one taking the most beating is the carpet, the chair beats it up pretty bad. The Hardwood floors and Lino is holding up fine. They do make some pretty nice Lino these days. I have a nice black with white squares in my kitchen and it looks great.

          "Life is about how you
          respond to not only the
          challenges you're dealt but
          the challenges you seek...If
          you have no goals, no
          mountains to climb, your
          soul dies".~Liz Fordred
          "Life is about how you
          respond to not only the
          challenges you're dealt but
          the challenges you seek...If
          you have no goals, no
          mountains to climb, your
          soul dies".~Liz Fordred

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          • #6
            I have cork tiles. They are great and easy to clean. Like most tiles they become slippery when wet.
            Andrew [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

            "You can stand me up at the gates of hell
            But I won't back down"
            Tom Petty
            So there we were, Two against ten thousand.
            **** we killed those two!!

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            • #7
              Where is this flooring supposed to be? Would real wood be out of the question? Was the contractor talking real linoleum or vinyl? Real linoleum could be cool if you do an inlay and play with multiple colors.

              Tile is nice but can be spendy. The really neat tiles are rough and there's always the grout lines. The gaps between the tiles might be a problem for you. Keeping the grout clean is a lot of work, too.

              You could go with marble or granite tile--one that is polished to almost mirror finish. Those tiles are typically laid tight together. That would be nicer to roll over. You should check to see if any sub-floor modifications would need to be made for that, though. Typically the sub-floor must be very rigid.

              Think about hardwood, though, if your sold on laminate. Might be a bit more expensive up front but cheaper in the long haul. Real wood is probably the easiest to repair if it gets damaged since nothing but the finish need be removed.

              We just had some second grade maple (Canadian) laid this past week and it is gorgeous. Much more character than any laminate, oak or even number one maple. We have to wait to move furniture back on it and I'd almost like to leave the room empty so as not to cover any of the new floor.

              Good luck in your decision.

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              • #8
                Tile also increases the value of your home. Just removed wood (Pergo) that got damaged from puppy training. Wouldn't put that stuff down. It took two work men 5 days of solid work to remove it from a 9 by 11 Florida Room.Can't fix pieces either. Its very thin and colors will never match.I have tile through out my entire house, no carpet. Easy to roll on, wipe up leaks, and dust and dirt can be easily removed. An extra box of matching tile is good insurance in case one chips or cracks. My two cents.
                "Never argue with an idiot; they'll drag you down to their level and other people may not be able to tell the difference."

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                • #9
                  My renovations are being done by Workers Compensation. In the bathroom/wheel in shower they are doing tile ( 1.75 Canadian per square foot is the max they will pay), but the rest of the house with carpet will be replaced with hard flooring. They recomend linoleum, as they say laminate doesn't stand up to w/c use, they will pay 5.00 canadian per square foot. We've found some lino that we like but still prefer the look of laminate but we aren't clear on whether they will let us, or how much per square foor they will pay. We have the option of paying the difference but can't afford it.

                  Theres going to be lots done starting May 7th (hopefully). We will have to stay in a hotel as they are completely remodeling the bathroom, enlarging the bedroom, modifying the kitchen, moving the front door (taking away ramp), installing an elevator at the side door, building a car port, creating an area of refuge at the front door in case a fire disabled the elevator (I guess they think I can throw myself down the steps....).

                  Thank God I was injured at work-I don't know how I could afford this otherwise. Even though the beauracratic B/S SUCKS!!

                  "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow"
                  ~ Anon
                  Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

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                  • #10
                    Linoleum Can look real nice if you select the right type, here is a pic I just took of my kitchen floor. The whole thing looks like the front part, in the picture looks yellowed on the back part, think I need a better digital camera.

                    "Life is about how you
                    respond to not only the
                    challenges you're dealt but
                    the challenges you seek...If
                    you have no goals, no
                    mountains to climb, your
                    soul dies".~Liz Fordred
                    "Life is about how you
                    respond to not only the
                    challenges you're dealt but
                    the challenges you seek...If
                    you have no goals, no
                    mountains to climb, your
                    soul dies".~Liz Fordred

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                    • #11
                      I've had laminated wood floors in my condo for six years. About two years ago, the dishwasher developed a leak that ruined a large section of floor. It was a nightmare to pry that stuff up, and matching was a major problem. This winter, with all the snow we had here, I tracked in a lot of sand and wetness. It basically acted like sandpaper and has destroyed a good portion of the flooring.

                      If you go with tile, consider getting a dark grout - not white. It looks better, in my opinion, and doesn't show dirt quite so much.

                      I'm going with real hardwood floors in the house I am having built. Looks great and is easier to repair, as previously mentioned.

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                      • #12
                        This is what i've got on my bedroom floor. You can get some pretty cool colors with tile and do many different designs. Some of the tile you can get now is almost indestructable. My dad just put a new office of the side of his shop and they were looking at some tile, the salesperson tried to scratch it with a screwdriver but nothing happend to it, the screwdriver was ruined though.


                        I'm worse than Curtis, i'm using a webcam but you get the picture.

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                        • #13
                          Tile.

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                          • #14
                            Emi, first of all congratulations on getting the approval and the funding. I'm sure that when its all done it will be very nice and most importantly functional for you.

                            Imo, I've got tile and hardwood floors, and area rugs. Personally I prefer tile for durability and quietness. My hardwood (hickory) floors combined with the wc tires does create a pretty squeaky ride (I've tried everything to get rid of the noise) whereas tile is silent and easier to keep clean. Added that my dogs claws scratch up the hardwoods pretty bad as well. Hardwood floors look beautiful but for me have been bitter / sweet.

                            Good luck with whatever you choose and please keep us posted.

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                            • #15
                              Well WCB has decided its up to us as long as the cost is under that which they have approved. We are thinking laminate as opposed to linoleum as it looks better. Just in case we sell the house someday. I only get one home modification in my life so I want to make sure whatever I do doesn't decrease the resale value too much as I'll be covering the costs next time.
                              We've heard that laminate peels up from w/c use, apparently something cathes the grooves ( I cant imagine what unless someone was doing wheelies constantly or catching their tip bars ). On a similar note does anyone know what effect the wheel-in shower and elevator are going to have on resale value? They are the only 2 modifications that are only for w/c use as lowered counter etc. are still usable for AB's even though they aren't standard.
                              Not that we are planning on selling anytime soon- if we do it would be with the intention of constructing our own home. Or when we win the lottery...lol.

                              "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow"
                              ~ Anon
                              Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

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