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Home Remodel Time
But I haven’t even mentioned what flooring we used, or how we did it.
When deciding on what flooring to use, we had to think about cost, look, feel, function, and the ability to clean.
Obviously low cost was a priority. So because of that, we chose not to do hardwood floors. We know everyone loves hardwood floors, but they are way more expensive, and there is a lot more maintenance too.
The next thing we looked at was laminate. We already had laminate in our house and it was warping in the kitchen from water spilling on it. So we figured that was not the most practical flooring to use.
We discovered vinyl, and I always thought vinyl was out of style, until I realized there were really cool looking options that came in vinyl.
Vinyl floors are a really good choice for businesses too with all the floor traffic businesses get. You can look up commercial flooring choices and you will see that vinyl stacks up the best overall, for look, function, cost, and ease of cleaning.
The main thing that first drew me to vinyl flooring was that it is so easy to clean because it is virtually made of plastic. But don’t let that deceive you because our floors did not end up looking like or feeling like plastic at all. It just has the ease of cleaning like plastic does.
The other thing about vinyl is all the choices in style. There are vinyl tiles, vinyl sheets, and vinyl planks, and all of them have different looks. Some look like ceramic tiles, some have patterns, and some look like wood. We decided since our number one choice would have been hardwood that if we could find a vinyl flooring that looked like hardwood, we were all for it.
We found a really cool looking mahogany wood look in plank vinyl and we snatched it up. It was only 49 cents per square foot at the time, and we needed to buy this special glue to put it down. So to do our entire first floor (about 950 sq ft.), it only cost us about $750.
We finished laying the floors in the entire house by September 2010, so we got to enjoy our new vinyl flooring for over 9 months. Walking on it actually felt softer for your feet than the laminate did, and I was so happy with how easy it was to clean, especially when our house was on the market, because sometimes people would come to look at the house and I wouldn’t be given much notice to clean the house first. I could clean the vinyl floors very easily, and water does not ruin the floor like it did with the laminate.
People also thought our floor was wood. We didn’t have an objective view of our floors because we knew it was vinyl, but anyone who didn’t know, thought it was hardwood floors. So we definitely thought that was awesome!
The only drawback was that vinyl can be scratched. But I found a simple solution to that. Since our floors were dark brown, I would simply use a dark brown sharpie and draw it into the scratch. Voila, no more scratch. And if you choose a lighter colored floor, scratches wouldn’t even be noticeable.
Overall, I would definitely use vinyl flooring again.
What do you think (at least from the pictures above)?