Flooring Options For A Childrens' Home Dining Hall - Flooring - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Flooring

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-02-2011, 11:31 PM   #1
A Little Of Everything
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 2,209
Rewards Points: 1,098
Default

Flooring Options for a Childrens' Home Dining Hall


Some time this summer a Church Men's Group I'm part of will be installing a new floor in the Dining Hall of a Children's Home. We'll be removing the old destroyed linoleum and replacing it with something.

We'll be going over good, solid, smooth, level concrete.

What flooring material should we use? Here are some of my initial "pros and cons" thoughts.

1. Ceramic or Porcelain Tile. Highly durable (much needed), and could look great. But it would also feel cold, could be slippery, and would break anything dropped on it.

2. Linoleum. Fairly easy install, and overall good durability. But the floor is larger than 12', and the present linoleum split badly at the seam.

3. Wood Laminate. The obvious negative would be durability. This is a high traffic area. However, it would be a very easy install, and we could go into it with the assumption that, in a couple years when the stuff is worn out, we'll just replace it. I've seen some good 8mil laminate on sale for as little as 75 cents per square foot, so the price could be very attractive.


What are your thoughts? Again, this is a high traffic area - roughly 16' x 25'.


Thanks!

Advertisement


Last edited by DrHicks; 04-02-2011 at 11:35 PM.
DrHicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2011, 11:57 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: MA
Posts: 762
Rewards Points: 588
Default

Flooring Options for a Childrens' Home Dining Hall


Durability and things breaking go hand in hand.

I have two options.

1. How about just leaving the concrete exposed. You could finish the floor with that Epoxy paint and even sprinkle in the flakes to take away the industrial look.

2. Rubber. You can find this in some commercial kitchens. It's easy on the feet.

Advertisement

AandPDan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2011, 12:01 AM   #3
Pro Flooring Installer
 
rusty baker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: SW Missouri
Posts: 4,022
Rewards Points: 2,314
Default

Flooring Options for a Childrens' Home Dining Hall


Bare concrete would make me nervous with small children. I agree with the rubber.
__________________
The ads in my post are there without my permission. I do not endorse any of the products.
Semi-Retired Installer
Installing since 1973
rusty baker is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2011, 09:35 AM   #4
Buying the first round
 
LIHR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: New York
Posts: 65
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Flooring Options for a Childrens' Home Dining Hall


"Children's Home" "Dining Hall" "high traffic area"

Seems to me those are the factors that should steer you to a very durable, long service life, easy to clean, non-slip surface.


Commercial grade round dot flooring
__________________
http://www.ranteso.com/
LIHR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2011, 03:38 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 9,519
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Flooring Options for a Childrens' Home Dining Hall


Laminate floors come in 5 grades. From low traffic residential to commercial.
Check out this link:
http://www.ehow.com/about_5542028_ty...-flooring.html
Ron
Ron6519 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2011, 03:43 PM   #6
Pro Flooring Installer
 
rusty baker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: SW Missouri
Posts: 4,022
Rewards Points: 2,314
Default

Flooring Options for a Childrens' Home Dining Hall


Why not VCT? Not a hard DIY project.
__________________
The ads in my post are there without my permission. I do not endorse any of the products.
Semi-Retired Installer
Installing since 1973
rusty baker is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2011, 04:20 PM   #7
A Little Of Everything
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 2,209
Rewards Points: 1,098
Default

Flooring Options for a Childrens' Home Dining Hall


Quote:
Originally Posted by rusty baker View Post
Why not VCT? Not a hard DIY project.
Whoa - suddenly that seems like a smart option!

Is there any difference between VCT and the old Asphalt Tiles?
DrHicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2011, 04:42 PM   #8
Pro Flooring Installer
 
rusty baker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: SW Missouri
Posts: 4,022
Rewards Points: 2,314
Default

Flooring Options for a Childrens' Home Dining Hall


Quote:
Originally Posted by DrHicks View Post
Whoa - suddenly that seems like a smart option!

Is there any difference between VCT and the old Asphalt Tiles?
VCT (vinyl composition tile) is easier to work with and don't contain asbestos.
__________________
The ads in my post are there without my permission. I do not endorse any of the products.
Semi-Retired Installer
Installing since 1973
rusty baker is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2011, 05:02 PM   #9
A Little Of Everything
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 2,209
Rewards Points: 1,098
Default

Flooring Options for a Childrens' Home Dining Hall


Quote:
Originally Posted by rusty baker View Post
VCT (vinyl composition tile) is easier to work with and don't contain asbestos.
Gotcha. That's what I was wondering. Thanks!

The VCT (I guess I still called it Asphalt or Commercial Tile) that I installed in a rental house kitchen, a couple years ago, was not as brittle as I remember the older stuff being.


Hey - is there any adhesive for VCT that does not require you to sit & wait half-hour to an hour, before installing the tiles?
DrHicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2011, 05:12 PM   #10
Pro Flooring Installer
 
rusty baker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: SW Missouri
Posts: 4,022
Rewards Points: 2,314
Default

Flooring Options for a Childrens' Home Dining Hall


No, that is the proper way to install it.
__________________
The ads in my post are there without my permission. I do not endorse any of the products.
Semi-Retired Installer
Installing since 1973
rusty baker is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2011, 09:15 AM   #11
A Little Of Everything
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 2,209
Rewards Points: 1,098
Default

Flooring Options for a Childrens' Home Dining Hall


Quote:
Originally Posted by rusty baker View Post
No, that is the proper way to install it.
Dang. I was hoping for something really, really easy.


Thanks for the advice man, I appreciate it!
DrHicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 12:11 PM   #12
A Little Of Everything
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 2,209
Rewards Points: 1,098
Default

Flooring Options for a Childrens' Home Dining Hall


Thought I'd let you guys see how things turned out.

We pulled up the old crappy linoleum (that had been flagged by the inspector) and replaced it with VCT. It turned out great.

Several of the resident boys got to help, so they believe THEY did it - which is great. Everyone is happy.

Thanks for all the help and advice!


Out with the old:


In with the new:



DrHicks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 12:19 PM   #13
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: MA
Posts: 762
Rewards Points: 588
Default

Flooring Options for a Childrens' Home Dining Hall


Looks good! Nice job and I'm glad the kids were involved. It'll give them a sense of "ownership" and pride.
AandPDan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2011, 02:07 PM   #14
A Little Of Everything
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 2,209
Rewards Points: 1,098
Default

Flooring Options for a Childrens' Home Dining Hall


Quote:
Originally Posted by AandPDan View Post
Looks good! Nice job and I'm glad the kids were involved. It'll give them a sense of "ownership" and pride.
That is exactly what happened, and it's fantastic! 3 of the resident boys were there every step of the way. Our point man showed them how to lay the tile in the right direction, and right side up, and the boys actually did a great job.

As you know, in their minds, THEY laid the floor - which is just as it should be.

Advertisement

DrHicks is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to DrHicks For This Useful Post:
AandPDan (08-31-2011), rusty baker (08-31-2011)
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Thoughts and opinions on "Trafficmaster Allure" flooring from Home Depot? zel Flooring 844 10-19-2014 11:25 PM
Flooring options over asbestos tiles clouds88 Flooring 1 07-16-2008 05:52 PM
Basement Flooring for Home Gym DIYamateur Flooring 10 02-05-2007 09:59 PM
Flooring Options yankee009 Flooring 2 08-16-2006 12:39 AM
modular home flooring problem wen Flooring 1 08-15-2005 02:11 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts