Got Wood?

United States
April 28, 2009 12:54pm CST
We are almost done with our hardwood floors in our livingroom. Anyone who has installed these know it is not easy work by any means but oh does it look nice when done. Now I have no carpet anywhere in my house and am happy to get rid of my vacuum. So what kind of floors do you have in your place? Do you want hardwood floors?
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@ElicBxn (60771)
• United States
28 Apr 09
I have linoleum in all my house, Don't want wood floors, the cats would ruin them in no time flat!
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@GardenGerty (96748)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Apr 09
That is one of the problems with the wood that I have, certain areas have been totally ruined.
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• United States
29 Apr 09
My cat is declawed. This is my first time with hardwood so I will see if anything becomes an issue soon lol. But its pretty hard wood so scratching it will be dificult. My big ole german shephard cant scratch it so i think we may be good lol.
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@ElicBxn (60771)
• United States
29 Apr 09
Minnie, my love, its not the CLAWS I'm refering too. Its the stuff that comes out either end. Vomit is very acidic and the other stuff, well, ammonia isn't good for wood either.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
28 Apr 09
this house has a cement foundation and it had carpeting throughout on top of it. I have removed the carpet now from the bathroom, dining room, kitchen, hall way and 2 bedrooms - I hope to get the rest removed soon. I have asthma and carpet is just not a very good idea. I would love hardwood floors but I do not see it happening for awhile yet as we have been unemployed for 2 months now. I do have some tile that would be nice for the bathroom, hall and dining rooms.
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@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
28 Apr 09
Modestah, my sister-in-law has just built a beautiful home in the country - and they have polished concrete floors! It looks absolutely gorgeous, and they have beautiful rugs on it. The floors are really easy to keep clean, and it doesn't matter what gets spilled or whether pets or babies have accidents - everything's easily cleaned up. The concrete has some kind of tinted sealer on top, and was then buffed to a high gloss. It's a charcoaly colour, and looks fantastic.
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• United States
29 Apr 09
Tile is nice to we got some marble tiles to finish our basement bathroom with. Polished concrete sounds interesting.
@guybrush (4661)
• Australia
28 Apr 09
I love hardwood floors, and we have one in our big, back room, with a large rug. The rest of the house is carpeted, but when we ripped up the old carpet and had bare floors for a few days whilst waiting for the new carpet to be laid, I wished we could just leave it bare! My husband wasn't keen, however - he thought it would be pretty cold in winter. Hardwood floors are excellent if you have allergy sufferers in the house, and are much healthier!
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• United States
29 Apr 09
We dont have allergys but we have pets and it helps alot with the animal hair.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
28 Apr 09
I have carpet throughout my house except for the bathroom, kitchen and my stuido....If I got hardwood it would be in the dining room....but I am not a big fan of hardwood floors.
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• United States
28 Apr 09
They are expensive but I love them. I just love that I wont have an issue with stains anymore. When Savannas sippy cup/bottle leaks I just wipe it up and its gone.
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@patgalca (14265)
• Orangeville, Ontario
28 Apr 09
I actually prefer carpetting. I think it makes the home warmer and feel warmer and cozier. We have hardwood in our family room and the upstairs hallway. They're okay but my husband put fake hardwood in my daughter's room and it is so cold. Her bedroom is over the front porch so the room is chilly to begin with so having a bare floor makes it even colder. We have ceramic tile in our entry hallway and two bathrooms. It's freeeeeeezing! I won't talk about the kitchen because it's really old and needs replacing. The other two bedrooms, living room/dining room area and the basement rec room are all carpetted. The bedroom carpets are really old. Probably the original carpetting. It has the same pattern that was in my mother's house when I was living there so many years ago. The living room/dining room carpet is a very neutral colour and is covered in stains. It needs replacing but my husband would prefer no carpets. I just think it's too cold.
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@jillhill (37384)
• United States
28 Apr 09
I agree....I prefer the warmth of carpet and I think in the long run you have about as much maintainance as with hardwood...
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• United States
28 Apr 09
The fake wood is kinda cold. i use rugs under my couch and stuff to help with the warmth. We had some old stained carpet as well. We love animals so hardwood made sense for us.
• United States
28 Apr 09
What maintenance thats what I have a hubby for lol.
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
12 May 09
Hi minnie. To answer your question, I really like those oak wood types. Totally my taste and the darker, the better. Congratulations on your new home, I suppose? And have you moved in already. I'm sure it is beautifully done by now. Have a nice day, my friend.
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• United States
14 May 09
Its oak and i love it. I have lived here for a long time just now getting to bettering my home. Its still not done just a small area my hubby has to finish. Our cars had some issues so he had to take a break.
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
14 May 09
Oak? Super cool. I'm sure it's going to be awesome. Good luck with all that...
@mummymo (23709)
29 Apr 09
WE have laminate flooring in our living room and ceramic tile in our kitchen sweety - everywhere else is carpeted apart from the bathroom which has cushioned linoleum! I would love to get wooden floors in the bedrooms but my kids are noisy enough - they would sound like 3 herds of elephants if I had wood floors up there than teh 1 they sound like now! lol xxx
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• United States
29 Apr 09
My kids are pretty small so they dont make as much noise thankfully.
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@mummymo (23709)
30 Apr 09
Mines are very tall , very clumsy and VERY noisy! You are so lucky! lol xxx
@celticeagle (117268)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Apr 09
Hardwood floors are very nice. We have carpeting and tile. These are nice as well. I like carpeting on the stairs myself. Alot of people don't seem to. I would like hardwood floors in the dining room and hall ways. I think carpet in the dining room is just wrong. I remember our old house and the pain my x went through bringing up the old ugly green carpet in the living room and then finishing the wood that was underneath. Looks nice now.
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• United States
29 Apr 09
Hardwood floors are alot of work.
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@celticeagle (117268)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Apr 09
That they are. He was using this big sander machine. Ugh! What work.
@blondbat (504)
• United States
28 Apr 09
I wish I had nothing but wood floors. Since I've almost always had pets, I have always hated carpet. I've had wood floors in the past and wish I could have them in this house, but it's a rental and not up to us. You are lucky!
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• United States
28 Apr 09
Well most are fake wood right now but someday they my all be real.
@blondbat (504)
• United States
28 Apr 09
IMHO carpet suxx. I would not willingly have carpet anywhere, too much trouble and too hard to get or keep clean. I'd even take tile or linoleum over carpet. Can ya tell I don't like the stuff LOL
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@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
29 Apr 09
we did put in hardwood floors in some rooms at my parents house. they look fantastic. we have a few hardwood floors and would like to put more in our house, but i find that they get super dusty easily, so invest in a swifer.
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• United States
29 Apr 09
Sweeping is better then vacuuming. At least with sweeping the dust goes away doesnt just float around in the air.
• Canada
29 Apr 09
when my girlfriend and I buy the house were moving into in may we are pulling out all the carpet. Have you guys seen that snap together hardwood stuff? It looks like oak but it's cheaper and has a hard vinyl coating over it to prevent scratching. It's pretty easy to install. Just tongue and groove flooring. My place is gonna be great! Carpet is ridiculous and should be left in the past. All it does is soak up odors and dirt. Vaccuuming is stupid too. When I can just sweep all the floors rather than vaccuum them I will be happy. So I assume you put in the real deal? Are you going to laquer it afterwards? Would love to see pictures if you did it yourself!
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• United States
29 Apr 09
Yeah we have that in the bedrooms it is easy to install and great sturdy floors. The livingroom is real we are laquering it when done i will share photos here on mylot when all done. I did help on the floors but my hubby has done most his self.
@genihanna (358)
• United States
29 Apr 09
I have hardwood in my living room/den areas. I have marble tile in the kitchen, dining room, and utility rooms. I HAD carpet in the bedrooms but ripped it up and found regular old wood floors underneath - so I painted them! I had always had carpeting in my houses - but I LOVE my pets and love them to be around me all the time. Therefore carpeting was a huge problem - stains, fleas, dirt, hair, etc. Now, No problems whatsoever. Loving it! BUT DO take extra special care of the hardwood - never let them get wet and keep them swept/polished. I do mine every week, if not more. I use a special polish - I apply it with a dry mop and use a towel to buff it. It's gorgeous and not too much work if you stay on top of it!
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• United States
29 Apr 09
Marble is pretty we just got some for our basement bathroom i cant wait till its done. Thanks for the advice.
@walijo2008 (4648)
• United States
29 Apr 09
We have mostly hardwood floors in our house too, the only place we don't have it is in the two bedrooms, we have carpet in there, I would like to pull the carpet out and put hardwood floors in there too, I think its prettier and its easier to clean, just take a dust broom over it and it gets clean and shiny. I wouldn't miss having a vacuum either.
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• United States
29 Apr 09
Vacuuming sucks lol
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
29 Apr 09
We have linoleum in the kitchen and bathroom, and carpet the rest of the house. My husband does not want hardwood floors because it will get damaged when you move the furniture and you have to polish it and wax it all the time. We had it in our first house and it was scratchy when we moved the table and sofa to clean them. But if there were an easy care hardwood floor, I would not mind as I love the way they look.
• United States
29 Apr 09
I didnt want them at first but the hubby talked me into it. I know the laminate wood has been nice to us. I move stuff all the time and no scratches yet.
@Polly1 (12649)
• United States
29 Apr 09
I think hard wood floors are beautiful. I would love to have them throughout the house too. I have carpet through most of my house. Enjoy your floor when its done.
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• United States
29 Apr 09
Its not even done and i enjoy it already.
@Opal26 (17691)
• United States
29 Apr 09
Hey minnie! Oh how I wish I could get rid of my ugly, dirty old carpet forever! I hate carpet! I would so love to have all wood floors! But, being that I live in an apartment and the floors don't belong to me there isn't much that I can do! The floors underneath the carpet are horrible and I am not paying for them to be redone either! So I will either be stuck getting indoor/outdoor carpet which I will hate or I just don't know! I really love wood floors so much! You are so lucky! If I could I would install them in a minute!
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• United States
29 Apr 09
Well that sucks. I never liked living in apartments that wouldnt allow me to do what I wanted to it. But then again you wouldnt want to invest much money in a place that isnt yours.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
29 Apr 09
I have carpet through my whole house except the bathroom. I wouldnt have it any way. I dont like the hardwood floors they get to cold.I heard from people that the hardwood floors have to be mopped all the time kinda you can see the dust all the time.
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• United States
29 Apr 09
Yeah you can see foot prints all the time lol but its better then stains.
@GardenGerty (96748)
• Marion, Kansas
29 Apr 09
I have wood, and carpet. I would like to have lineoleum or tile in areas like the kitchen and bath and either refinish the wood floors or have laminate installed over them.
• United States
29 Apr 09
I dont like lineoleum but tile is great we have tile in our bathroom. The laminate wood flooring is nice and cheaper then real wood floors.
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
28 Apr 09
Oh how nice. We have carpet every where except in the bathrooms, the entry way and the kitchen. We used to have a house that had wood floors and it was so nice and not sure what got into our heads but we put carpet down in the living room. We had wood floors in our house when I was little and my mother kept them so pretty all the time. I remember her moping and waxing them and you could see yourself in them, beautiful. I would love to have hardwood floors again but not sure how it would work on this concrete foundation.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
29 Apr 09
i would love to have hardwood floors! I have linoleum through out my house. At times i wish i had carpet and i go and get a small centre rug for my living room or bedroom.
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