Shopping for Flooring


MaryAnnSo I’ve finally caved in and agreed that putting off the kitchen and dining room remodel is not really an option any longer, it simply needs to be done. I’m calling it the project from hell and already have anxiety from it and it hasn’t even begun. Yesterday I ventured out to start doing some research and gathering some ideas on what might be possible. The countertops and cabinets aren't the issue. The problem is the choice in flooring materials.

The worse part is that we've already been out looking and discussed the options for years and I still don't know what to do. The only thing I do know is that I don't want tile. I have tile now and after a day in the kitchen my back is killing me from standing on it. I also hate the dirty grout, everything shatters on it when dropped and that it is so cold.

I had managed to narrow it down to linoleum, vinyl sheeting or hardwood, but this is where I got stuck. I'm a 'tree-hugger' and in all of the decisions we make I take into consideration the sustainability factor, hence the metal roof and solar panels. Linoleum wins for the 'green' factor and I'm not opposed to it. The floor is going into the kitchen, dining, mudroom and entry. It's going to see plenty of abuse.

The warranty on linoleum is the weakest of all the options and I'm not positive it will hold up to the abuse although I’ve heard stories of it being found in applications 60 years old and it still looks good. The color choices are limited and it does need to be sealed every year and I’m just not sure I need any more annual projects.

Vinyl would be the best option when it comes to possible water issues, comfort level and low maintenance but it is worst for the 'green' factor and will possibly need to be replaced at some point.

Hardwood is somewhere in between. Not as hard on my back as tile, durable and should last forever. I’d need to make sure it blended with the existing wood floors and of all the options it is probably the most expensive. Whatever I choose, I want to make sure I do this once and it outlasts me.

11/23/2014 9:09:54 AM

MaryAnn, I too hate to remodel. The decisions are just too emotionally draining for me so I have a tendency to put it off until it becomes a top priority need and not a some day need. I'm engaged in a basement project this winter. For now it's just clean out 30 years of accumulation and get rid of most of it. Either throw it away, give it away, or keep it decisions. I'm finding stuff I haven't seen in decades or can't even ever remember seeing it. I started on this project last winter and will continue this winter with hopes of reclaiming the basement before spring hits. ***** Have a great floor remodeling day.

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