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Old 04-03-2011, 09:00 PM   #1
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Flooring question.


Is there a laminate that looks like a 12 x 24 tile? Just curious because if there is I may go that route because I won't have to heat the floor. I can't stand cold tile and if I do the tile way then I will also need to spend to heat it.

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Old 04-03-2011, 10:05 PM   #2
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Simply put, yes. I know commercial vinyl products in a 12" x 24" format that look like slate. Halo flooring comes to mind. You might have to do some work to buy some though as I said it is commercial flooring. I would have to imagine a search online will turn up a more residential option.

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Old 04-04-2011, 11:33 PM   #3
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I've seen this format of laminate at several flooring stores and building supply stores including Home Depot in my area (Vancouver). It seems to have become common in the last year. Prices seem to start at about $2.50 per square foot.

I'm sure you can find it quite easily.
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Most people I know that have gone with laminates wish they put in the real McCoy sometime down the line. Yes real stone does get cold. On the flip side if you do heat it, it provides some of the most comfortable sources of heat (if you only heat it slightly and rely on forced air heat with a humidifier for the majority of your temperature control).

The two biggest complaints I hear about laminates are lack of durability especially to water (premium brands reduce this drawback by putting laminate on the bottom side as well, but they don't eliminate it as the joints are still susceptable) and the hollow sound it makes when you walk on it.

If the biggest thing driving your decision is the temperature consideration go with laminate, but if you are more concerned with durability go with stone, or if a hollow clicking sound would drive you crazy, go with real stone. If you can afford to install and run the radiant heat, go with stone+radiant heat, I will guarantee you will be happy with the decision (as long as it is installed correctly).

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Jamy Spencer
www.stlwoodfloors.com

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We have decided to go with tile.
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