The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014


I am sitting here with a bowl of robust, vanilla tinctured burley, and am reading more about flooring.  My wife and I are considering having new flooring installed in our home.  With pets (a dog and two cats), we have grown tired of our aged carpets (installed wall-to-wall) that are in most areas of the home other than the kitchen and bathrooms.  Permanently attached carpeting is a hassel with pets because it ages quickly and never looks particularly nice after 2-3 years.  Our carpeting is currently 15 years old. 

We have decided to take a new approach this time, and have a hard surface flooring material upon which we can then have easily removable and replaceable area rugs instead.  With that in mind, there are three options that seem reasonable bets:  1)  hardwood floors, 2) laminate floors, or 3) vinyl plank flooring.  While I think true, traditional hardwood floors would be wonderful, both hardwood floors and laminate floors have issues that make them more difficult in some ways.  Hardwood floors wear and scuff fairly easily, and pet nails (both the dog and the cats) can lead to fairly significant scratching of the finish of the hardwoods.  Laminate flooring has risks too, especially with the boards fiberboard core which if it absorbs moisture of any sort (even the best dog will have an accident once in a while, or a cat will vomit out a hairball) will lead to bubbling along the seam edge of laminate flooring.

Because we both want something easier to care for, we are (much to my surprise) seriously considering vinyl plank flooring.  It looks amazingly close to real wood, and is much more wear resistant and moisture resistant than the other two flooring types.  In many ways it really seems the best bet for easy care, long term nicer looking results.

It seems so different to think of using vinyl planking, that I am wondering if there is something I do not realize about this type of flooring that makes it a poor choice?  If anyone out there knows anything about this type of flooring, please leave a comment.



Blogger BBC said...

You blogged about new flooring about two years ago, make up your fucking mind about what you want and have it installed.

I like a natural floating floor of real wood but you seem to think it shows wear and tear to easy.

You are right, no point in you buying flooring that looks like the place is lived and loved in and shows some wear and tear.

So just buy something that is tough and looks like fake wood.

Wednesday, 14 May, 2014  
Blogger BBC said...

"(even the best dog will have an accident once in a while, or a cat will vomit out a hairball) will lead to bubbling along the seam edge of laminate flooring."

Get the fuck over it, it isn't as bad as you seem to think it is but if you are worried about little shit that isn't likely to happen just put sealer on the edges when it is installed.

I've installed a number of different types of such floors and they all hold up pretty damn well. The only difference is that real wood looks and wears like real wood and everything else looks like a fucking fake.

But go ahead and look like a fucking fake, you have the money to do that and I don't give a shit.

Wednesday, 14 May, 2014  
Blogger BBC said...

When did Helen have new linoleum put in her kitchen? 1966, I loved that old floor and her wood burning kitchen stove.

And if I ever come to visit you I am not taking my fucking shoes off.

Wednesday, 14 May, 2014  
Blogger BBC said...

You should go fishing this weekend, to heck with all that other stuff for now.

Friday, 16 May, 2014  
Blogger billy pilgrim said...

bbc makes several excellent points.

life is short and floors are made to be walked upon, not polished and admired from afar.

Friday, 16 May, 2014  
Blogger amelia said...

We have four large dogs, three cats and a large family of kids and grandkids and three years ago my hubby installed solid oak, wide plank flooring. It's been worn and has a few scratches but that's what makes it look like home. We love it and wouldn't have it any other way.
It will still be there looking good long after we're not here any longer...

Saturday, 17 May, 2014  

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