Dog Friendly Floors
#11
We moved in at the end of 2003. I really wish I had put down cheap vinyl in the kitchen and baths and carpet everywhere else. Then I could save myself the hassle of finding something that looks good with the tile and just take everything out and start over.

Only-borders, I didn't think about it until you mentioned it but I guess I really don't need to worry about the floor being slick. My two do chase each other around the house but that is in the areas that have tile. What type of laminate did you install? My guess is that installing it ourselves would save on cost but I really don't want to stretch it out into the endless project. I'm going to have to find out how much time is involved with both options.
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#12
I love the practicality and durability of vinyl flooring and I hate housework or even being concerned about caring for floors other than vacuuming and mopping. I have seen some beautiful results with vinyl. I was once so against it because of memories of vinyl "once upon a time" but I have changed my mind. We have carpets upstairs that will be replaced with vinyl one day and perhaps even monetising the tiled downstairs area. You don't have to remove old tiles. Ply is laid over the tiles with a cushioning product in between and then the vinyl floor is laid on the ply.

I think the sample you have shown is a really good match with your tiles.
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#13
Trifan, thank you! It is such a difficult decision. There is a part of me that wants to just lay carpet again and deal with the flooring hassle in another decade. I hate the decision making process! I really needed to replace my carpet five years ago but I knew we were getting a new puppy and life is busy so who has the time to replace flooring? I'm like you that I hate housework and with two dogs and two cats and living in the desert I'm always trying to keep the house clean.
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#14
(08-27-2017, 10:14 PM)Tasha Wrote: Trifan, thank you!  It is such a difficult decision.  There is a part of me that wants to just lay carpet again and deal with the flooring hassle in another decade. I hate the decision making process!  I really needed to replace my carpet five years ago but I knew we were getting a new puppy and life is busy so who has the time to replace flooring?  I'm like you that I hate housework and with two dogs and two cats and living in the desert I'm always trying to keep the house clean.

Yes, I find it really is harder to use 2 different hard service floorings side by side and I totally understand how much easier it is to choose a carpet that looks "right" beside an existing hard floor but I think you will be glad you pushed through the difficult choices.
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#15
T&MM we used Mohawk. It has a locking system with no nails or glue. It "floats" on a foam pad and can be installed very easy. It only took us 1 weekend to do the entire space. Bathroom was the hardest because of the pocket door. 

It really is very easy to install with only a few tools you can purchase. 

I fought with the flooring decision for a long time myself. Being in a lower level with in floor heating I kept going back to carpet being the warmest in the cold winters. BUT this is the space where everyone has always gone, before it was finished, to take off all snow gear when coming in. I didn't want wet carpet and needed something easy to keep clean. 
We've laid tile before and I didn't want that mess. 
I am so happy we went with the laminate. One flooring throughout the spaces and it is easy to wipe up and keep clean. 

I'm sure you will be happy with any new flooring you decide on.
Linda

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#16
Only-borders, what was the square footage of the area you put flooring in? I have four bedrooms that need new flooring and it wouldn't bother me if it took a weekend to take care of each one. And how has the laminate held up in the bathroom? The master bedroom and dressing room have carpet and the bathroom tile. I don't like the idea of having to take up the tile but I think it would look better if all three rooms had the same flooring.

The only laminate I have ever seen is the super slim boards in a pale honey color so that is what I have in my mind when I think of laminate. Not really a look that would work in my house. I went on the Mohawk website and was really impressed at all the huge number of options.
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#17
Walk in closet is just a bit bigger than a queen size mattress. We know this because someone slept in there on the mattress.  Rolleyes

Bathroom is just a bit bigger. The flooring is really going beyond what I thought it would in the bathroom. No problems at all. It has had mud, snow, shower water, toothpaste, etc on it and still looks new. 
Hallway is about 12 feet long and 3 1/2 feet wide. 
The main space would be the bedroom and living area. We put the floor down before we put up the wall between the rooms. Less cutting and it went faster for us. That room is just over 300 sq ft. 

The flooring we put in went on a concrete floor. I know of people putting it over tile as well. It is a quick and easy install.
Linda

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#18
Since it is so easy to install we could easily get a room done each weekend.  Our house was built on a concrete slab so once we rip up the carpet the new floor shouldn't be difficult to install.
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#19
You can do it. Then when it's done you can step back and say, "hey we did that." 

Gotta take before and after pics.
Linda

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