1950's rancher. Sometime in its past, the carport was enclosed to create
a combination den and laundry area. The laundry area was separated by
two half walls with wooden spindles to the ceiling. (And the world's
semi-ugliest navy blue carpet - some of you may remember this is the
house with the rose colored carpet and the pinkish brown cement floor in
the "Florida room").
I'm in the process of having a laundry closet built - typical bi-fold
door affair, and the half walls removed. I have to replace the carpet
(hurray!) and am not sure what to use? I'd figured on that vinyl product
that looks like stone. Then at HD the other day, I saw some sort of
laminate pergo type stuff, with a notation that said it was good for use
in wet areas like the laundry. When I mentioned this to my contractor,
he said laminate doesn't do well when wet.
Any suggestions? There is a wooden layer under the carpet, and I assume
concrete from the carport under that. If this was strictly a laundry
room, I wouldn't care too much about appearance, but it will also be a
living area that happens to have a laundry closet in the far corner, and
I care because of resale. It's also the first area people see if they
come in through the driveway door. Additional info: two shedding dogs
and their crates will be in the area, so durability and ease of cleaning
I would take the floor down to the concrete under the washer and put
some sort of dam along the edge to stop dripping water from seeping
under the finished floor. Alternatively put the washer in a catch basin.
I've put down sheet vinyl in a few rooms with excellent results.
Comes in many patterns/looks. Different quality grades.
I used mid-grade.
Never in a room with a dimension bigger than 12', so I never had to
join seams. But that shouldn't be a big deal.
If you're having it done, it's nothing for a pro.
Main thing is a flat floor.
I put hardboard sheeting on one floor first because the old tongue and
groove gaps might show through from the vinyl settling.
Didn't bother when putting over old and good linoleum.
Never used leveling compound.
Didn't use a drop of glue, didn't use a single nail.
It just laid flat.
The edges might peek up until you put the cove or quarter round in.
Didn't use a pattern.
Measured carefully, cut a bit oversize, then finished the edges with a
That's one option.
After putting down laminate in a bedroom, I took a 1" wide bit of scrap and
measured its thickness with a micrometer. I then stuck it in a glass of
water. Replenishing the water periodically, I left the piece of laminate
soaking for a MONTH. Measuring it once again, it was still the same
thickness within the tolerance of my micrometer (0.002").
That said, you can get laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators or Floor &
Decor Outlet at less than half the price you'd pay at the box store. The
laminate I used for two bedrooms cost $0.67/sq ft from LL. I did another
bedroom with even cheaper material at $0.47/sq ft. from F&DO.
Flooring with laminate is a straight-forward and rewarding project. Heck,
it's even fun. Some tools you may not have:
* A powered saw (table saw is best)
* A 2# rubber hammer
* A Z-shaped piece of metal to force-snap the pieces together long-ways.
Hook one end on the laminate plank and whack the other end with a hammer. A
big hammer. I can't stress how important this tool is in preventing gaps:
* Remove the baseboards. Use this opportunity to take them outside, sand,
fill in the dings, and re-paint. Sub-hint: Do not pound the baseboard nails
out - pull them through the wood.
You can easily do a big room in a weekend.
I would agree that laminate is a reasonable choice for the
application. It's water resistant enough that it's used in
laundry rooms, kitchens, basements, etc. And it's going
to look a lot better than vinyl.
With laminate flooring and a lot of traffic, I think there would be a
lot of grit, sand and dog hair floating around (not to mention noise).
I would be inclined to use indoor/outdoor carpet with short loop pile
with waterproof membrane under the carpet...membrane to protect against
doggie accidents permeating subfloor. Cold or warm climate? Ceramic
tile, but same issues except not easily scratched by dogs.
You make an interesting point.
Most laminate, however, is coated with the same stuff from which they make
fighter jet windshields. As such, it is impervious to ground-in dirt, dog
claws, golf shoes, and being slammed with the pointy-ball thingy on the end
of a chain. I've tried scratching laminate with a nail and a wood rasp with
no detectable effect.
There MAY be a lot of dirt, dog hair, and the like deposited - depending on
the traffic, but whatever won't migrate to the nether regions as it would on
a carpet. Laminate is FAR easier to keep clean than a rug.
Thanks, that is what I'm thinking. I have long haired dogs with an
undercoat that clings to everything when they shed, so I figure a
laminate or something else hard would be much simpler to mop than
carpet. Hmm, maybe a leaf blower! I'm not too concerned with noise and
traffic. And somehow the idea of tile just doesn't do anything for me. I
associate it with being cold and slippery, but then my only real
experience with tile is in bathrooms, LOL. BTW, mid-atlantic climate so
I'm going to have to go find a Lumber Liquidators. You are making that
laminate sound appealing!
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