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Removed disgusting soaked-through carpet and padding. The wood floors underneath vary in condition. One has areas with warped boards and was clearly soaked far down. One or two rooms you might not know there was a problem, but they are just old looking and dirty.

The budget is tight, I need the cheapest that most people would find acceptable to live with short term, like if they were renting for a month. Whatever I choose should last for years, but it's okay if it looks worn after a few years. Low to normal traffic.

Can I cut vinyl rolls and staple them down around the edges, and that's it, without gluing? (In the tiny doorway areas, I could put thicker vinyl and glue those parts, so those are done right.) I believe the biggest problem is if I can't find a big enough piece, and have to have a seam down the middle of the room. So I would try to follow the usual suggested procedures for seams.

If I went with lauan, could I nail or screw or glue that down, and stop there? I know it's supposed to be an underlayment, but that may feel and look nicer than vinyl. Would it wear out faster, or not hold up to occasionally getting wet? Vinyl is much cheaper if I use thinner uglier vinyl.

Vinyl seems to be 50 cents per sq foot or even less. Nothing else comes close? I believe the floors will feel hard, but I don't have other options? I am trying to avoid carpet and carpet costs too much with padding.

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If I were renting for a month, and I viewed a property that had laminate flooring in living areas other than the kitchen, bath or laundry, I'd promptly turn around and walk back out.

If you have warped boards, address the issue first. Stapling vinyl on edges... are you nuts? Lauan? Now it's insulting.

Get carper, hardwood, tile, whatever. Do it right and don't consider renting until it's up to par.
 

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If this property is something you are renting isn't it the landlords responsibility to replace the flooring?

While some laminates look realistic, and may last a long time, hardwood would last longer. And there are many affordable options in engineered hardwood flooring.

Watch for online clearance lots. Sometimes they have a color that didn't move as well and they are just trying to sell. We have several lots moving into the clearance section from $2.29/sq.ft.

Keep your options open until you are comfortable with your decision.
 

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If this property is something you are renting isn't it the landlords responsibility to replace the flooring?
I read it a different way. I perceived it as the OP is the landlord, their shower/toilet just overflowed and destroyed the flooring, and they're looking for the cheapest (legal) bandaid because he can't afford to replace it with quality flooring right now.
 

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"Can I cut vinyl rolls and staple them down around the edges, and that's it, without gluing? (In the tiny doorway areas, I could put thicker vinyl and glue those parts, so those are done right.) I believe the biggest problem is if I can't find a big enough piece, and have to have a seam down the middle of the room. So I would try to follow the usual suggested procedures for seams."

--- I am speechless---

"The budget is tight, I need the cheapest that most people would find acceptable to live with short term, like if they were renting for a month. Whatever I choose should last for years, but it's okay if it looks worn after a few years. Low to normal traffic."

---look for cheaper foam backed carpet yor can just lay in and don't bring the stapler---
 

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I get it, it sounds horrible to you. Renting was an example. This is not to be rented, but to have a roof over my head temporarily. The options are either go with the horrible cheap flooring or eat cheap food for weeks so I can afford good flooring. I don't want good flooring since I won't be there long term, but obviously I need to do something.

Thanks for the foam carpet idea. However as the original post said, I am trying to avoid carpet. I may do carpet if everything else sucks.

I have rugs to put over the vinyl or plywood or other.
 

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We've used throw rugs for the last couple of years to cover the subfloor plywood until we (I) finished the major construction, just to have a comfortable surface to walk on until I (we) can afford to get the flooring we want in each room, be it carpet, hardwood, cork, etc.


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You HAVE to repair the subfloor. Can't install over warped, damaged, or have any moisture. You will have huge problems. Do not staple sheet vinyl. Look for remnants in any flooring store or home improvement wherehouse. You will save 25% or so. Use the adhesive that is specifically for sheet vinyl. (there are many different kinds, felt backed, luxioury (can't spell that), don't use VCT though, thats for the vinyl composition tile only.) There is a simple adhesive for sheet vinyl, but you probably have to go to a flooring specialty store (home depot doesn't carry it anymore, don't know if lowes does) Good luck!
 

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I'm thinking of spending a little more to get underlayment and wood laminate. I found a cheaper source, and it's not much more than sheet vinyl plus adhesive.

In a couple rooms, I believe the subfloor is in good enough condition to do that, with minor sanding. In a couple rooms, yeah, got to work on the subfloor. Those rooms can wait longer than the easier rooms.

I was also considering putting pad and carpet down. I would rather not, but pad and carpet is actually a lot cheaper. (I already have some in great condition pulled up from another room.) However I am not going to spend for installation or to rent equipment, so I don't think I can do the carpet well enough at the edges. Laminate seems easier and probably worth it.
 

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Have you considered fixing the subfloor where its damaged and going with a cheap self stick vinyl tile? Get some on clearance and they can be real cheap and real easy to put in.
 

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Yeah, every time I've used them or seen them used, I vow never again. I rarely see them really cheap either. Definitely sheet vinyl over tiles. Hopefully the wood laminate.
 

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if you're looking at different laminates be sure to look for those with the 'drop lock' installation method. Its much easier to install and provides a superior and longer lasting application.
 

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They always have peel-N-stick cheap at the dollar stores. I've used AND removed them without hassles. They fit the bill for a few years until you can afford to put in better. (If applicable) Sheet vinyl is harder too since you have to cut it exact to size, then lay it without one speck of dirt under it or you have a bump. Square by square, you can have a vacuum right next to you and clean each 12"x12" area before laying the tile. It's fast and cheap flooring you can put in a rental easily and not worry too much about renters trashing it. (Our minister was a landlord too, and I did a lot of work for him.)

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Sheet Vinyl

It's probably too late for this reply, but I can't help myself........If there is a moisture problem, you shouldn't install anything over that. Fix that problem first, or you are going to have a failed install.:clover:
 
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