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Old 05-14-2014, 05:33 PM   #1
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Hello,

I'm in the process of purchasing a mountain cabin where the average low temperature for 6 months out of the year is below 40 degrees fahrenheit. The average high temperature during those same months is ~20 degrees higher during the afternoon. Given there is occasional snow and lots of rain during these months, I'm looking for a suggestion on the best flooring option to replace the 30+ year old carpet currently in the house that will hold up to high traffic and wet conditions. All flooring will be installed over an existing wood subfloor.

I've read several reviews about the pros/cons of wood vs. laminate vs. vinyl vs. tile - and frankly, I'm not finding a clear answer.

Any suggestions would be most welcome.

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Hello,

I'm in the process of purchasing a mountain cabin where the average low temperature for 6 months out of the year is below 40 degrees fahrenheit. The average high temperature during those same months is ~20 degrees higher during the afternoon. Given there is occasional snow and lots of rain during these months, I'm looking for a suggestion on the best flooring option to replace the 30+ year old carpet currently in the house that will hold up to high traffic and wet conditions. All flooring will be installed over an existing wood subfloor.

I've read several reviews about the pros/cons of wood vs. laminate vs. vinyl vs. tile - and frankly, I'm not finding a clear answer.

Any suggestions would be most welcome.

Thanks,
M
Unfortunately there is no "clear answer". This question about cabins comes up frequently and the truth is no matter what floor covering you choose you run the risk of having issues. It just seems to go with the territory.

My personal opinion is that carpet will serve the best in the long-run but of course carpet isn't always the most desirable floor covering either.

You can listen to what others have had some measure of success with over the years and form your opinion based on that information. The truth is...cabin-like domiciles that experience temperature extremes and lie dormant and neglected a portion of the year and year after year are just a problem to deal with sometimes.

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It all depends on if you want to vacuum carpet. Vinyl flooring is what most use in Seasonal cabins. Easier to keep clean. If you want a rug in there. Take them up when you go up there to open for the season. Then take them home at the end of the season.
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