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JoeLink 05-04-2014 05:53 PM

Which flooring for whole-house (including kitchen)?
I'm closing on a 716 sq ft two bed one bath condo this month, and one of the first tasks I have is replacing the flooring in every room. There's currently some sort of wood in the kitchen (probably laminate?), and carpet in the living room, bedrooms, and hall.

I'm looking to replace everything except the bathroom flooring with the same wood or wood-look material, but I'm very concerned with moisture. Eventually this will be a rental unit (probably 3-5 years from now). The color I think I'll be going with is a dark dark brown or black.

I've looked at strand woven bamboo, simulated wood tile (porcelain and ceramic), and vinyl plank, but I'm really not sure which would best suit my needs. I went to six different flooring places and most told me something different. I was pretty convinced bamboo was the way to go, but the color I'm looking at can't be refinished, and the moisture still concerns me. I like the idea of tile for the durability, not sure of the drawbacks.

I'd like to keep this under $5-$6 per foot, installed, if at all possible.

Thanks in advance!

JoeLink 05-06-2014 07:59 PM

Anyone have any input at all?

nealtw 05-06-2014 09:07 PM

Years ago we put down vinyl or vinyl and carpet without thinking about it.
And welcomne to the site.

nealtw 05-06-2014 09:28 PM

I have seen this stuff, it is thick, looks like wood goes down without glue and peices can be changed out easily

slownsteady 05-06-2014 10:29 PM

Are you going to be removing the old flooring? What condition is the subfloor in? Everything I have read about vinyl planks (I have been considering them for my basement) talks about a perfectly smooth subfloor being required.

JoeLink 05-07-2014 10:33 AM

Thanks for the replies guys.

I was originally leaning toward luxury vinyl tile, but as slownsteady said, everyone says you need a perfectly smooth/level floor or you can see waves (since it's thin and flexible). After doing a bunch of reading yesterday, it looks like long plank ceramic tile is what I'm looking for, but I'm concerned about the installation costs. Anyone have any input on that?

beachguy005 05-07-2014 10:46 AM

You should also check your condo's bylaws. Some only allow carpet because of noise.

Jungle 05-07-2014 11:32 AM

If it's going to be rental then you don't put wood it. If you rent it consider it will end up getting abused. Generally landlords will go with cheap and tough with a generic style.
click locking vinyl planks

slownsteady 05-07-2014 02:13 PM

beachguy's right. Check with your management company. The decision may not be entirely yours.

JoeLink 05-08-2014 10:58 AM

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I read through the bylaws. I didn't see anything regarding flooring types, and there's already some sort of hardwood or laminate in the kitchen.

I definitely want to go with something durable. I'm concerned about the vinyl planks being wavy, as I don't think the floor is completely flat.

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