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January 6, 1998 at 6:36 pm #11132Lorena MGuest
My husband and I just bought our first home, and being the young
unexperienced people we are, we don’t know what to choose.
We are planning to re-do about 965 sq ft of our house in the
laminate hardwood. I have read some of the above posted msgs
and we would like to know if we are better off with tile.
We don’t have any kids but have two small dogs.
I need opinions! Thanks.
January 7, 1998 at 10:15 am #77153DominickGuest
January 7, 1998 at 10:34 am #77154DominickGuest
I have a couple of questions for you:
1) Are you working with a budget?
2) Why not actual hardwood?
The laminate hardwood is plastic. Even though it has the look of hardwood, it will never be hardwood. The advantage of the laminate hardwood is that it can be installed be a DIY.
However the cost of the laminate is not inexpensive. I’ve looked into it and the cost is approx $3.80 – $4.80 /sf.
Actual hardwood can run you anywhere from
$4.00 -$6.50 /sf installed. A good hardwood will run you about $5 – $5.50.
Could be done by a DIY for much cheaper
On the other hand, I love ceramic tile. Most people complain about the cold temperature of the tile when walked on barefoot. Price can truly
vary on tiles.
Let me know if you have any questions
January 10, 1998 at 2:13 am #77192Bob HGuest
I put in a tile floor in my last house in the
kitchen/dining room, entry way and bathrooms.
I didn’t like it in the kitchen because the table
and chairs didn’t sit flat because one leg would
be over a joint.
I used 9″ tile because the rooms were small. It
looked great though.
My house I just bought in FL I’m thinking of
putting done a hardwood floor. Still not sure though.
Good luck and let me know what you decide.
October 11, 2002 at 9:05 am #120855LourdesGuest
Hi, my husband and i are thinking about putting tile in our home,with 5 boys we like to know what tile would be the best choice for us? We wen’t down to mexico and came a beutiful tile that loods like would with a beufitul desighn, we are planning on selling the home in about 5 years would the look alike wood tile be a good choice for us
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