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Old 01-16-2012, 04:50 PM   #1
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So we've been in our home for 4 years and HATE HATE HATE the carpet. It's green. . . like grass green. It's in the living room, on both sets of steps, upstairs landing and 2 bedrooms. In the entry way, dining room and kitchen the floor is big white ceramic tiles and boy do they get cold in the winter (I live in Colorado). I'd love to tear it all out but can't afford to have new carpeting installed in all of those rooms and have hardwood put in place of the tile. Is there a type of flooring that is cost effective (I'm kind of a cheap skate) but will hold up well and insulate the floor?
The living room & kitchen are over the crawl space which does have insulation, but the floor still gets cold so having something that fends off the coldness would be nice.
I've heard cork is nice, but would it hold up to children and 2 dogs? And how does that pricing compare to just sucking it up and putting in new carpeting?

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Old 01-16-2012, 07:28 PM   #2
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Carpeting will likely be the cheapest type of flooring. It'll feel warmer, although it has very little insulating value unless you choose a certain special pad. Carpeting will also be the worst choice to keep sanitary (no way to keep it germs-free), with pets and kids.

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If the floor is still cold then something is wrong. Unsealed rim joist, old style foundation vents, not automatic opening ones. foundation vent left open ect,
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I agree with you Joe. Most homes are not nearly as efficient as they could be.

BTW Joe, it's et cetera "etc" not ect.

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There are foundation vents. Can I replace them with newer ones? I'm not familiar with how those work.
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I would agree that carpet would be the least expensive option. In regards to cork, yes it is a softer material so it is not as durable as say laminate or tile. We have had customers put 2 - 3 coats of extra polyurethane on it to help prevent scratching.

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