Thursday, April 12, 2012

Taking out laminate flooring

We hope to have the new flooring arrive this week. Installation could begin as soon as tomorrow! (This means that I will NOT be painting right now.)

Paul and another man from church finished taking up tack strips around the basement (since I opted to forego carpet.) And the children removed the laminate flooring. All of the children worked, but Nelson was feeling like a *man*.
Ignore the crying four year old in the photos... who knows what that was about.

And, right after I took this picture I made Rebecca put on her boots and both children put on gloves. Even so... a few scratches would have been a small price to pay to see the children work!


Bean said...

Just wondering the reason for taking up the laminate. It seems everyone sings the praises of laminate - we have thought about it, I think I like it, my husband would prefer real wood floors, and as of yet we have not been motivated to move beyond thinking.
Anyway, was there a problem with the laminate? What do you think are the pros/cons of laminate?

Thank you,


Bethany in mid-MO said...

Pro of laminate- If you are a light traffic family, then it should be easy to clean with little water

Con - High traffic family requires constant cleaning. Cleaning has to be immediately dried OR it will start peeling.

Our upstairs laminate is less than ten years old and needs taken out! It is peeling at the corners.

Pro of vinyl - easier to clean. And, it locks together more tightly so that no water gets in between.

CON of vinyl - cannot be used with radiant heat (like that comes through the floor OR even from a radiate wood stove!)

HARD WOOD would be the best option because it lasts pretty much forever! But, it is super expensive... then again, if you have to replace the laminate in ten years that is quite costly too!

In my own house with my own money I would do hard wood. But, in a parsonage with someone else footing the bill we chose the middle grade - vinyl.

I'll let you know what I think of it soon!


Bean said...

Thanks for the review. I did not know that laminate starts to peel as it ages. As usual my husband knows best :)


laminate said...

Laminate flooring with give your floor or house a touch of style and class. This type of flooring is gaining popularity because it is much cheaper compared to the regular tiles or actual wood.

Bethany in mid-MO said...

I appreciate your contribution. Laminate does *look* very nice for a few years. But, throw in a few kids, a few indoor dogs, and visitors, and you have to replace it in ten years. (This is our current situation)


Kathy Carbone said...

Aside from the vinyl flooring that you already used, there are other alternative materials which are more suitable for your basement. For example, ceramic or porcelain tiles are good alternatives, for they are water-resistant, however, they’re expensive, and a bit time-consuming to install. You can also use rubber tiles which are resistant to mold.