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Old 06-05-2016, 03:56 PM   #1
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Attempting to pick new flooring; all opinions welcome!


We moved into the house about 3 years ago which had Bruce oak flooring incorrectly installed without quarter round trim or stair nosing. Floor is uneven in many spots and will slide around. It also scratches so easily, from light things falling from the fridge to our dog's nails, so we're ready to upgrade (living room and kitchen).

We originally thought tile for the floor but we think it's out of our price range (about 470 sq ft and two quotes came in around $8k, so we figured that was the going rate). We then looked around for some hardier hardwood to save on install costs and were directed towards these two products, one sold by Lowes and the other by a well-rated local flooring company:

Natural Cumaru USFloors: http://www.lowes.com/pd_770382-28573...l=1&Ntt=cumaru

IndusParquet exotic by Nature, Brazilian Cherry: http://www.truehardwoods.com/catalog...47/8510203.htm

We have little experience in flooring so didn't know recommendations if anyone was familiar with either manufacturer. We'd love something that won't get ruin if our little cat has an accident too, so we'd be willing to consider other flooring options like laminate, but we disregarded vinyl as we've heard bubbling can be an issue and it won't hold value to the house like hardwood would.

All thoughts are appreciated!
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Old 06-05-2016, 04:25 PM   #2
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With respect. Nothing will stand up to unclipped pet nails or careless fridge users.

There is no magic flooring. Hardwood, vinyl or laminate will scratch, tile will break or break what drops.

Pet urine will ruin laminate or hardwood and sometimes stain gout and tile to the point where you wish it was.
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Look at luxury vinyl flooring. I recommend Core Tec Plus. It comes in wood and tile look alikes. It is totally waterproof and should hold up to dog nails well.
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This product got very high marks from this very forum.

http://www.diychatroom.com/f5/loose-...planks-179123/


Forgot to say read all the replies as there's one that is very extensive by the installer herself.

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Of the two floorings you mentioned, the one from Lowes, the Cumaru is by far the hardest. But, medium to large dogs and wood floors are not a good match. The hardness of the wood makes little difference cuz dogs scratch the finish, not the wood.

Your best bet would be ceramic. As for the price, you live in Alex, so you make more and most services cost more too. You may be overlooking all the prep that may be required in your case. You said the floor is uneven, so that may be one of the reason. I have no idea what was quoted and what's included. We'd be happy to go over what you may need to do before any flooring is installed. Actually you should ask us even if you're going to hire it done.

In my mind there are two groups of quality floors. Hardwood and ceramic/porcelain/stone etc. There are nice vinyl floors that looks and clean well, but it's vinyl.

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