What's your favorite flooring and why?

@MJLami (1173)
United States
June 2, 2007 1:22pm CST
Do you prefer carpeting, wood floors, laminate, tile, stone, cork, etc? I know what my preferences are but I'd love to hear yours and why. I have carpet to pull out because of my allergies and with 2 large dogs I'm debating which wood floor would be best in the bedrooms. I'm also looking at kitchen, laundry and bathroom flooring and taking price out of the factor trying to determine which would be most durable and long-standing. Any suggestions?
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
3 Jun 07
Believe me I do understand. We ripped out ours for the same reason. It has helped. Right now we have tile down but if I had my choice I'd go with wood floors or the wood floor look alike with laminate. If I had the money I'd go with hard wood floors. To me those look great, they last a long time and it's more durable. I don't like tile because if you have the wrong type of tile it can be very slippery. I've never heard of cork flooring so can't help you there. Good luck.
@MJLami (1173)
• United States
3 Jun 07
If I could afford it I would be putting down real wood myself. The cork flooring I just saw recently on HGTV, it seems like it could be nice for a condo or apartment because it baffles sound as well as being soft on your feet like carpeting. I would have no idea how to clean it though.
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
3 Jun 07
I could see where it would be nice for that but I do have to wonder how you'd clean it. Also I have to wonder how it would stand up to animals like dogs and cats.
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@MJLami (1173)
• United States
3 Jun 07
Right...I mentioned it hoping someone would respond to the cork flooring but no one has.
• United States
3 Jun 07
I like carpeting for the livingroom, bedrooms, diningroom, & hallways. Tile or linoleum for kitchen & bathroom. Plus a little tile in front of the front door. I hate wood floors, if not kept up you end up getting splinters. The house we moved into had wood floors in the livingroom that were old and you would get splinters if walked on barefooted. I hate wearing shoes so I always got splinters. We put in carpet and it actually spruced up the room too.
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@MJLami (1173)
• United States
3 Jun 07
Your point was well made. I have a well maintained wood floor in my living room and also prefer being barefoot when my feet aren't cold. I didn't realize old floors would give us splinters. Thanks.
• United States
3 Jun 07
The wood floor we had was old, warn down with splits/chips in the wood. Probably the floor was put in when the house was built which was in the 1940's. Noone took care of it to keep it looking nice. I am not saying all wood floors cause splinters, but because of what I went through with ours I don't like them. Guess I should have clarified it better. ;)
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@MJLami (1173)
• United States
3 Jun 07
Your comment was fine. I understood they were "old" floors and not maintained. That does make a difference. I think my floor was put in just before I bought the house.
@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
3 Jun 07
We have ceramic tiles in the kitchen, family didning room, laundry and bathrooms. I like this because it's easy to keep clean and works well for wet areas. I have non-slip rugs appropriate for the kitchen and different ones for the bathrooms. The rest of the house is wood and I love it. I love the look, feel and texture of wood and it's easy to clean as well. We still have carpet in a couple of bedrooms and we're saving up to have the floorboards underneath polished. I t looks so much better and is much healthier and easier to keep clean than carpet. If you want durable in wood, you'd need to lay parquettry, otherwise ceramic tiles are the best - but wood looks so much better and more upmarket.
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14 Jun 07
Hi there, I love laminated flooring its great i used to like carpet but since i had my kids i decided to change and i find its more easy to clean it looks great i swear by it its easy to lay as well.
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@MJLami (1173)
• United States
14 Jun 07
With children I'm sure the laminate also holds up very well. I know I had it installed in my former house and it still looked brand new with a german shepherd spending a great deal of time on it. Thanks for sharing.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
10 Jun 07
I like real hard wood flooring and also slate and terra cotta flooring. I like textures in both visual and tactile senses. i really do not like carpeting, it harbors so many unfavorables and it stains :( our whole house is carpeted though ( but I tore it out of the bathroom and most recently the kitchen. have yet to put new flooring down but it will probably be linoleum for its practicality)
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@MJLami (1173)
• United States
10 Jun 07
I agree, I'm no carpeting fan either. I don't why anyone would put carpeting in bathrooms, kitchens or dining rooms especially, but it must be because I know I'm a slob (LOL!) and I'd be the one spilling water, food, drink and keeping me always cleaning it. Terra cotta sounds nice, I've only seen it outside for patios. Thanks for sharing.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
4 Jun 07
Hi, At the moment in our house we have carpet and carpet comes in handy with warmth and all, I do love the look of tongue n groove or pine floors, I love that wood n vanish look, but then I wouldnt want to slip over on unseen liquid spillages... Prefer carpet for the non slips
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@MJLami (1173)
• United States
5 Jun 07
I understand your safety point for carpeting. Thanks for sharing.
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
4 Jun 07
Stone for kitchen laundry and bathroom, then either wood or laminate depending on your budget. Never carpeting and if you have any do take it all out. It's one of the worse things for allergies pets and carpet is also not a good idea. Laminate looks really good nowadays and it's very durable so it can really be a good alternative to wood.
@MJLami (1173)
• United States
5 Jun 07
All excellent points and laminate is usually much more economical. Thanks for sharing.
@321633wy (1795)
• United States
3 Jun 07
Since you have an allergic issue i think carpet is definately not a good choice for you.Because carpet can easyly keeps dust and hard to make sure if it's completelt free of dust even if vaccum it every day. My suggestion is wood floor or tile.It's easy to clean.
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@MJLami (1173)
• United States
3 Jun 07
I agree, carpets are the worst choice with allergies. Thanks for sharing.
@rtydata (80)
• Philippines
3 Jun 07
Hi MJLami! I hope my suggestions can help you with your design query. I'm an interior design consultant. It's great to have wood flooring in the bedroom as an alternative for carpet. Since you have 2 large dogs that will most probably scour through every room in the house, I suggest: Bedroom Wood planks - just make sure to add different resins and stains to it. A dark oak stain would be nice as scratches will be less visible for dark stains. Wood can be recycled to get a new look. If the price is too hefty for pure wood, you can consider quality wood laminates as well. Kitchen It's always best to use tiles in the kitchen. To achieve a more classy and elegant look, search for tiles with a neutral color (something that will match your room's color scheme) then find a few accent tile pieces to give your floor an interesting design. Laundry You can also use tiles but if you haven't treated the flooring yet, you can just do with cement but have it finished to a polished look - "Polished Cement" to get that industrial work-room feel. There are certain stains for cement that will give your flooring a nice tint and will make it slip proof since this is a laundry room and you will most likely have drops of water at some point so we'd like to have this accident proof as well. Please visit http://www.concreteideas.com/concrete_ideas/interior_floors/polished_concrete/concrete_polishing for a better idea. You may also use this technique in your kitchen. Bathroom A nice granite or marble effect from walls to floor is great or you can use a mixture of plain neutral tiles with a touch of intricately design tiles mixing them in a pattern. Most of these suggestions will most likely give you long lasting floors. I hope you can use some of these tips. happy decorating! :)
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@MJLami (1173)
• United States
3 Jun 07
Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with me. This was very well written and I love how you also listed the reasons for your selections. You have really given me some wonderful information here. I wasn't even considering what you suggested for the laundry room but I really like the idea and it really makes sense. I so appreciate your comments here. Thank you very much for all of this.
@abrarr (1246)
• Pakistan
3 Jun 07
i would love to have my whole house floors being covered with marble tiles. that is bcoz they maek atmosphere cooler, and since it is quite a warm atmosphere in pakistan, that would really suit me!!!
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@MJLami (1173)
• United States
3 Jun 07
You have made an excellent point. The climate we live in does help us choose our flooring preferences. Thank you.
• United States
3 Jun 07
I myself perfer hard wood floors through out the home but I live in an apartment,if I was to own my own home I would have hard wood floors covered by laminate and why because I think it is easier to care for
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@MJLami (1173)
• United States
3 Jun 07
I do get that. Every so often real wood needs to be refinished. Laminate is lower maintenance. Thanks for sharing this.
@bkfuels (1606)
• Canada
3 Jun 07
I cannot tell you what flooring stands up the best, because eventually it seems that you have to change flooring or redo it. But my favorite kind of flooring is hardwood, I just really love the look of it.
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@MJLami (1173)
• United States
3 Jun 07
I know what you mean. I've seen houses and apartments done in all hardwood, they are beautiful.
• United States
3 Jun 07
Up until my fiance and I bought our house last November, I preferred carpet. But now that we got our house that had gorgeous mahogany colored floors in the living room, hallway, 2 downstairs bedrooms (which are my office and my fiance's office) and then the 2 bedrooms and landing upstairs. I would still prefer carpet in the bedroom, because its too freaking cold to get up in the winter and step onto freezing cold floors. If it is in an apartment, I would rather have ALL carpet in everything but the kitchen and the bathroom.
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@MJLami (1173)
• United States
3 Jun 07
The wood sounds so nice. I can see them being cold when you're used to carpeting. Have you put throw rugs down by the bed to step onto when you get up? You could keep your slippers nearby and not have to walk barefoot then.
@easy888 (10406)
• Australia
2 Jun 07
Hello,MJLami,i prefer to have carpet house because i will make him better in the winter time,i do not have to step on the cold floor tiles in the cold weather.Also I do not have to clean so often when compare to wood floors there will always be some dust on the surface of the floors. It is not a problem to clean the carpet once a week or so. For the kitchen,it is better to use tiles because there may be some oil splash onto the floor when cooking,tiles will be easier to clean and they always look shiny.
@MJLami (1173)
• United States
2 Jun 07
I completely understand the warmth. It's nice to get out of bed and not step on a cold floor. My dogs also like sleeping on the carpet in winter. They will definitely need some big throw rugs when I take it out. I have wood in my living room and it's less to maintain than the laminate in the kitchen. It's also easier to clean than carpeting, at least for me. A quick vacuum is usually all that's needed, with an occasional damp mop.
• United States
2 Jun 07
For thekitchen,I prefer stone but for the reat of the house ,I prefer wood floor coverings.i think it's so elegant
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@MJLami (1173)
• United States
2 Jun 07
Do you currently have stone? Isn't it cold on your feet, especially in winter? Do you worry about dropping plates or glasses on it? If you have pets, are they comfortable on it? I am also partial to the wood, but not in the rooms that have water.