Don't get me wrong, tile is nice. I've had it in bathrooms and have a
couple friends who have it in their kitchens.
Let me clarify. I want my entire house to be the same across all
rooms, all floors same level. Trying to do all that in tile would be
more costly and time consuming done DiY.
My tile and hardwood are within less than 1/16 inch of the same hight
- transition to the vinyl is less than 1/4 inch.
Laminate to carpet in the basement is less than 1/4 inch transition as
The local discount flooring emporium currently has tile on at $0.67
and $0.97 per square foot, Laminate at $0.97 for the cheap stuff, and
$1.37 for the better (Krona) stuff, and hardwood from $1.97 up - lots
of it at 3.25. Installation is $1.25 per sq foot for 300 sq ft or
more.. Vinyl plank at $1.37 and Clik vinyl plank at $1.97.
Clik engineered maple hardwood $2.97.
What "local discount flooring emporium"??
Every local place I have been to has no tile that cheap except small
leftover lots that would be insufficient to do an entire home. I can
only find cheap VLP for $0.89 when it is on sale and again in low
quanities. Most are $1.99sq ft and up. Hardwood is over $2 sq ft and
installation starts at $2.50 and up, depending on material. Those
prices don't reflect underlayment and old material removal cost.
I was quoted for medium quality VLP, installed with underlayment, for
a cost of $6k. That includes a special 15% discount for being referred
by a friend to the owner. I left the store.
Our trash pickup company will not take carpet, tile, etc,. Our
community switched to a new trash company a year ago and everything
must fit in the provided can, the lid must close and you must adhere
to the weight limit. Nothing will be picked up outside the provided
can. No paints, flooring, oils, electronics, etc,. They do not provide
any recycling pickup.
Moving is not an option. In case someone was going to bring that up.
Kitchener Ontario Source Flooring. So the prices are in $0.77 dollars
Sucks to be an American???
Here I can haul any construction materials to the local landfill -
costs $75 per ton.
I can buy flooring at places like that here too. I can pay more than
that too - just need to know where to buy and where to walk.
I bought the carpet for the stairway and hall from a higher end store
- and paid their installers - with their best underlay - cost me
$1000. We bought what we wanted, not what was the cheapest.
The tile we bought for the front foyer was a bit more expensive too -
but for less than 40 square feet I told my wife not to even look at
the price - just choose the tile she wanted. Cost us less than $3 per
square foot. IIRC the ditra, thinset, and grout cost as much as the
The hardwood I bought directly from the mill for $2.35 per sq ft,
IIRC. I bought the air nailer on sale for about $50 - plus the cost of
The transitions are all transitions - not offsets. The transition from
one level to the other is spread over about 2 inches - definitely not
a trip hazard even for someone n crutches.
I installed all of my own tile, hardwood, and laminate. (also all but
2 of my windows)
So more a "factory built home" than a double-wide trailer. - If you
want it all the same, your best bet is high quality sheet vinyl, just
like it came with but possibly better quality. Your second best is
Luxury Vinyl Plank - clic-type, which costs more but you can install
I think the term today is manufactured home.
I have no issues with sheet vinyl but my other half does.
We were looking at more LVP yesterday. The stick-to-edges type has a
25 year warranty and is highly water resistant. Starts at $2.09 a sq
ft. Free floating and no underlayment over OSB required.
Their cLVP (click-type) starts at $2.99 per sq ft. Waterproof and
lifetime residential. No underlayment required over OSB.
We don't need waterproof, just good water resistance for kitchen,
baths and laundry room. No outside flooding concerns. Thickness
difference between the two is marginal so no issues there. We actually
like the color options the offer on the sLVP more than cLVP.
Anyone ever use the sLVP? This is NOT the kind that sticks to the
floor. Only the edges stick to one another.
Used it in my step-mother's house. I'd go for the clic for the small
difference in price and the ease of installation (and the ease of
future repair - you can pop out a damaged clic-tile and replace it
relatively easily - not so easy with edge glued tile)
Yeah, it's amazing that some people believe that there are optimum
flooring materials for different rooms. Others, like the previous
owners of our VT house, and liked carpet in the bathrooms. Sound
The only sure way to eliminate transition is to use the same material
throughout. Even then you may have 1/16" Or spray the floor with self
leveling concrete. The 1'16" difference is barely perceptible with baby
feet or a wheelchair.
The problem with one material is there is none truly suitable for every
Sure they will, but it becomes a long term project to put the pieces in
the can every week.
House came with all carpet and vinyl sheet. Baths, hallway and kitchen
were vinyl. Rest carpet. Dinning was carpet over vinyl sheet because
entire roll goes across one half of the double wide. All stapled down;
under cabinets and walls too.
Uh no. Can't store anything outside and no place to store it inside.
Not allowed to store outside. Communities don't allow 'eyesores'.
And no, they provided a list a week before they started stating what
they will and will not take and they definitly will not take anything
on that list. I've seen plenty of neighbors forgetting and then having
to go out and deal with their own wet boxes, furniture, etc,.
The idea is to break things down into small enough pieces that they
don't notice. Some fella I knew who lives in a similar neighborhood
tossed his garage roof that way half a shingle at a time.
If you could call them to come with a truck and pick up a load of crap
for a reasonable price it would be one thing, but if you have anything
not on their list you're on your own for disposing of it.
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