| Need floor covering for my rental. Saw some 1 ft square fancy wood tiles
| Home Depot. From $0.79 to $2+ per sq ft. Lower cost ones need plastic
| lamination, $0.25 a sq ft. About the same as cheap carpet and padding. But
| even cheap ones supposed to last 15 years up. Also, I can bring them in my
| car a few boxes at a time, no expensive delivery needed as I need for
| carpet. Anyone try these? Comments? Need and additional adhesive for wood
| tiles or lamination? I assume a quite clear smooth floor needed to mount
Fancy wood? I've never seen 1'x1' wood tile.
could it be vinyl composite with a wood look?
A link might help.
Presumably they get put down with mastic
or are self-adhesive, which means you'll need
to first install a secure underlayment of at least
1/4" plywood over the existing floor.
How fancy is the apt? There really just isn't
enough info to decide whether it's a good idea.
One other thought: If you want the rental to
look nice, have you looked at floating wood
floors? They can go right on top of an existing
floor, are relatively easy to install, only raise
the surface about 3/8"-1/2", and provide
a floor of real wood. The downside: They're made
of wood veneer laminated to plywood. Once the
plastic seal wears down there's no choice but to
replace them. By contrast, a real wood floor can
be sanded and refinished.
I'd be very wary of the newer laminate tiles,
with a plastic surface of color or fake wood grain.
They look crappy. They are crappy. Like walnut
grain contact paper, psychedelic wall paint, and
pink shag carpet, it's a classic case of the
emperor's new clothes: Everyone's doing it so it
seems to make sense, but at some point the trend
fades and you're left with the result: Purple walls
and pink shag carpet. :)