Wife wants "wood floors" at least a couple of rooms. We live frugally, so the last upgrade was carpet in most of the house instead.
It seems that every wood/wood-like flooring has it's drawbacks.
I understand that Bamboo is high on the hardness scale, so maybe it won't scratch/be damaged so easily.
Hardwood, though pricey and 'repairable', cannot survive getting wet.
Laminates might survive a water spill, but I'm uncertain of their weakness (wear? unable to spot repair?)
In addition, I've seen markdowns on very thin wood flooring (3/8") but the thicker (1/2"+) must mean better in some way, as its rarely discounted heavily.
Vinyl "it looks like wood" flooring is inexpensive, but again, who knows how it would look/wear many months later. I've seen at least once case of it 'bubbling up' and looking bad.
Any input would be welcome. I don't want to put myself in a situation where "Oh crap, now we have to call a professional to fix XXXX because we didn't think of YYYY"
I appreciate it..
Same boat. You forgot "Engineered Wood", it is wood and can be refinished once, but thin.
I'm also on a short staying time frame and at my home price point buyers except wood floors, top notch counter tops/cabinets/appliances, so I just live with it instead of trying to chase. The thought of upgrading, so the next buyers can rip it all out and upgrade again, just makes me delay and I even like to do home improvement tasks.
Depends on what part of the country you are in and what you are installing the floor on. Is it a concrete sub floor? First floor, second floor, or basement?Avoid the vinyl at all costs. It always looks like crap. Even wood-looking tile is better.
We're in Texas - 1st floor, concrete slab. Fears related to water are more along the lines of window breakage during a thunderstorm, or washing machine leakage, etc, and not so much because of humidity, tracking in snow, etc.
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