What type of flooring do you prefer in your family room? Laminate wood
I am not sure I want to give up my carpet, but it sure would make
the upkeep easier. Also, I like the fact that I would never have
to the replace carpet in that room.
You need to use what will survive your family's lifestyle. For couch
potatoes, carpet is fine. For most adults and no pets, laminate looks
nice. If you have active youngsters, pets, gravel driveway, it makes
sense to use a commercial grade sheet vinyl flooring with a wood grain
pattern ( for example) to soothe the psyche. Your call.
With my lifestyle, I could go either way, but I will probably stick with
carpet as it will be warmer in the winter. I rough house with my Yorkie
quite a bit, and the laminate flooring would not be great for that.
I do have a big throw rug I can put on the laminate, but think I will
stay with carpet.
Thanks for taking the time to email your info.
All carpets should be banned. Home of huge reserves of lint, dust,
mites, dung (of all descriptions), dog and cat flea eggs...not to
mention the millions of bacteria and viruses waiting for a host. Ditto
for animal skins.
The only carpets needed are small non-slip area rugs which can be
easily cleaned at least every week or so.
Laminate or equivalent is the way to go.
Hmm. Anything BUT carpet. If I have to choose between the two, laminate for
1. Can be / is cheaper.
2. Doesn't absorb stains, spills, or dirt.
3. Doesn't absorb odors.
4. Is easier to clean and maintain.
5. Can be redecorated with a simple change of throw-rugs.
6. Installation is DIY.
Neither- REAL wood is the best for a family room, IMHO. A good factory
prefinished like Bruce or similar. And when the finish goes, you can
refinish it. A properly installed hardwood floor will outlast the house,
as long as you keep it dry and keep sand and grit off of it.
My brother has real wood in his kitchen and family room. One time the
refrigerator leaked, and what a mess. They hired someone to come in and
sand/repair the floor. He said he would never have real wood again, at
least in the kitchen.
depends on the brand. I had some laminate when I lived in Houston that I
had in a bucket of water for months with no problem. The Laminate I have
now in my current house is awful. edges swell and curl up if it gets
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