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polar5554 10-27-2007 10:25 AM

Entry Way Flooring
 
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What is the best type of flooring for an entry way / foyer? I would love to install laminate but am unsure if that material would be OK in a high traffic area when people come in with wet boots in the winter as a lot of water is not good for laminate. I currently have ceramic but HATE the floor (it was the floor that was in our house when we bought it). I really don't want to do ceramic again because it is costly.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Mike Swearingen 10-27-2007 06:27 PM

IMHO, ceramic tile IS the best foyer flooring material due to durability, looks, etc.
However, if YOU don't like it, you can put anything that you like, such as laminate, but you will just have to repair/replace it more often.
Good Luck!
Mike

JazMan 10-27-2007 08:13 PM

Ceramic tile is of course the best floor for durability, beauty, ease of maintenance and added value to the home. It is also the cheapest to own over its lifetime.

But, you gotta get what you like. Laminate wouldn't be appropriate for a entry foyer I don't think. That area is supposed to be elegant, not plastic. You wouldn't want hardwood there either. Maybe just a simple high-end sheet vinyl? At least it might be in one piece, no seams for water and dirt to get into.

Jaz

Floorwizard 10-28-2007 03:38 PM

Vinyl would be the best other option over tile for waterproofing.

UKMatt 10-29-2007 06:27 AM

Check out the Edge Flooring product...it's basically real ceramic that installs like a laminate so you can get the best of both worlds. I was debating going with a laminate in my basement as well but wanted the real deal and so I am running with the Edge product, it may be the answer for you. edgeflooring.com

polar5554 10-29-2007 09:48 AM

Thanks, I am going to look in to this product. It sounds interesting.

NateHanson 10-29-2007 09:56 AM

There are some ceramic tiles that are a fair imitation of wood. If you don't like the look, but want the performance and durability of tile, I'm sure you could find something you like.

I just can't imagine putting vinyl in a foyer (or anywhere, personally). I just think it looks so cheap, and it doesn't wear well.

Nate

Ace Flooring 10-29-2007 10:19 PM

It not really a DIY concrete overlays and acid stains look awsome and are as hard a concrete. Unlimited colors and patterns.


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