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kfoster 03-12-2006 09:42 PM

Tile and laminate, or get rid of tile?
Hello --

My husband and I are getting ready to close on our first house. Currently, there is tile (pretty recent, I believe) in the living room and dining room, linoleum in the kitchen, a different kind of tile in the hallway and first bathroom, a different kind of linoleum in the bedrooms, and ANOTHER kind of tile in the master bathroom. We are considering putting down wood laminate floors in the house, but do you think it would be weird to have tile in the living room and dining room and laminate everywhere else? Seems like it wouldn't flow very well... Here's a rough sketch of the floor plan:

In your opinion, would it be better to get rid of the tile in the living room and dining room and just put the laminate throughout the entire house? (It's a little over 1600 square feet, by the way.) Is it very difficult to bust preexisting tile? You can kind of see the living room tile in this picture:

So... What would you do?

BTW, we can get laminate flooring at Sam's Club for approximately $1.60 a square foot, and if it's as easy to install as everyone says it is, then it seems that it would be cheaper to do that than to replace the tile throughout the rest of the house with tile to match the living room, or with carpet...

R&D Tile 03-13-2006 05:47 AM


Throughout the whole house?, AARRRRRRRRRHHHHHHHHH.:eek:

Floorwizard 03-13-2006 04:00 PM

Nothing wrong with laminate throughout the whole home.

Although I would definately shy away from the cheapest stuff on the market.

Your existing tile looks great, and so if you float lam over it, you can tearout the lam anytime and be back to great looking tile. Which is what you may do if you buy the cheap stuff.

Tile is valuable, so I would try to keep it in good shape if you can.

I would not piece meal the flooring. Keep it the same throughout and open the place up. Use area rugs to determine room style and size.

R&D is a tile guy, so he would hate to hear you tear into nice tile like that and I would agree.
But laminate is a great option for a home if a customer does not have the funds for real wood, or reinstall of different tile.

kfoster 03-13-2006 04:15 PM

Hmmm... Perhaps we should just leave the living room and dining room as is and lay matching tile in the kitchen, hallway, and bathrooms, and put carpet in the bedrooms. How does that sound?

R&D Tile 03-13-2006 06:01 PM

;)much better;)

kfoster 03-13-2006 09:14 PM

Thanks for the advice, guys. I think that's what we'll do. :D

Floorwizard 03-14-2006 05:30 PM


DecksEtc 03-15-2006 08:54 PM

Even though it seems as if you've made up your mind (good decisions, by the way), it really isn't a good idea to put laminate in a kitchen or bathroom, especially if your using laminate at the lower end of the price scale. Even though laminate claims it is damage proof, it has to be installed 100% correctly. Tile is much more hardy and longer lasting. My personal preference would be for real hardwood in the LR and DR however, in your case I'd leave the tile as is - it appears to be good tile and it sounds like it was a good install job. Also, it's pretty unique to have tile in the LR & DR - not many homes have it.

Just my $0.02 worth...

747 03-16-2006 05:33 AM

If it was my new house the first thing i would do is ask the guys what i could buy to get the soot of the fireplace

Ps. You might want to make sure that chimmey is venting properly or somebody forgot to open the vent when making a fire. I have never seen soot that bad on the front of a fireplace.

kfoster 03-16-2006 01:19 PM

Yeah, the inspector said it was REALLY dirty inside. We will be hiring a chimney sweep first thing. I can't believe they have used it so much here in south TX...

IHI 03-17-2006 02:14 PM


Originally Posted by DecksEtc
Also, it's pretty unique to have tile in the LR & DR - not many homes have it.

I would have to say that is because it soo hard and cold-probably not a problem down south though;), could'nt imagine a living room with my lil one walking around and tripping on it:eek: Dining room I could see surface/grout getting mard up depeding on type of chairs being used since everybody's always sliding around at get together's.

Even though I'm not a flooring expert I've seen enough of the cheap laminate installed to side with the guys above at staying far far away from it!!! this stuff is not durable in any regard and once you scratch the surface there is no easy fix, I tend to think of the cheap laminates like the components of cheap entertainment centers, veneered mdf:(

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