Tuesday February 24, 2004

Linoleum, Carpet, Wood, or Tile?

What kind of flooring do you prefer?

I grew up in a house that had linoleum floors upstairs and in the kitchen. It had wall-to-wall carpet in the living at dining rooms (at least from the time I was nine years old and those rooms were remodeled).

I don't quite know where I got my preference for wood, but I prefer wood floors with occasional throw rugs. Linoleum seems cold and... utilitarian. Wall to wall carpet is warm under my feet but it's boring and harder to clean and keep clean.

Tile can be pretty and it's water-resistant; we tiled our sunroom. Depending on the tile, it can be warmer than linoleum, although it's likely cooler than carpet. But then, tile can be sunwarmed...

Still, there is just something special about wood. I love wood — wood floors; wood furniture; unpainted, unvarnished, lightly treated (oiled) wood; even things that have the appearance of wood (though I draw the line at most wood-grain wall paneling products :)

When Spouse and Self bought our house, it had wall-to-wall carpet installed everywhere upstairs, including the kitchen. Some years ago, we pulled up the pea-soup-green carpet in the living room and hallway and were quite pleased to see (cheap but serviceable) hardwood flooring (1-ft "tiles") underneath! It turns out the hallway and bedrooms are also wood, in long planks as opposed to parquet-set squares.

We removed the carpet in the hallway but Spouse has remained firm against removing the carpet in the bedrooms. I keep mentioning the possibility once a year or so. Who knows... eventually, some day, I may win :-)

Sadly, when we took up the carpet in the kitchen and dining room, it had been laid over linoleum, which was itself laid over a plywood base. Sigh.

When we finally got around to re-doing the dining room and kitchen floors two weekends ago, we chose a wood-look finish snap-together laminate. Spouse originally suggested a slate-look finish but I convinced him on the wood planks and he agrees they look fantastic. Warm. Mellow. Brighter. The 50" planks running north-south make the whole room seem larger than before. Even with the lights off, on a cloudy day, the room is lighter in tone.

It feels nice under my feet too.

Linoleum, Carpet, Wood, or Tile? ( in category Random Thoughts ) - posted at Tue, 24 Feb, 09:55 Pacific | «e»