Floored about flooring!

This post is to pose a question. If you could do the flooring over in your main living area, what would you choose to do?

Would you choose: Hard wood, linoleum (either the stick on squares or roll), laminate, stained/painted concrete, carpet, ceramic, porcelain or Saltillo tile, bamboo or……hmmmm…..is there any other type of flooring that you know of?

Now that all the 20 yr. old carpet and 50 yr old linoleum tiles are almost all up, I’m wondering what to do.

My son knows how to do tile and he’s very good and this is what he is recommending. They have laminate flooring in part of their house and hate it. Because we live in the desert, there is always a fine layer of dust on the laminate and you can feel it under bare feet. You would have to dust it every single day not to feel it. They much prefer the areas that are tiled.

Have been to one tile place and the prices vary. I’m going to check some other places too. I won’t make a quick decision after only seeing what’s available in one store.

Originally, I’d planned on the painted or stained concrete. However, the asphalt glue is posing a major problem in removing. I started scraping on an 11 ft by 11 ft. section a very long time ago. Scraping it off is really tedious. I found a solvent that wouldn’t be too horrible to use inside the house but I’d need gallons of it and would have to find somewhere for the dogs to stay for a few days, depending on how long it took. This might get ruled out because of the labor involved.

If I didn’t have dogs, and old ones at that, I’d have nice hard wood floors put in. Carpet is out for the same reason.

Soooooo…………… I want to do this right and do it nice. What are your thoughts, recommendations, likes, dislikes, pros, cons on what you have now or what you’d like to have?

About pam

I am retired from real 9 to 5 jobs. I do my artwork and occasionally write poetry. In September 2010, I moved to Fargo, ND after spending 60 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, five years later, July 2015, I'm back in Arizona. And yes, I love the heat!
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141 Responses to Floored about flooring!

  1. lumbar35 says:

    hi pamhope youre back to onehundred percentsorry

  2. PainterWoman says:

    Hieu: Granite would be very expensive but the glazed brick sounds interesting.L.D.: It is now at another weekend but this weekend will be better as I'm feeling much better.dW: A picnic sounds really good. I'd better get one in soon because we may have our first 100 degrees today. At least it waited till May. Last year it was mid April when we got our first triple digit temp.sorry: I am almost at 100%. Still just a little light headed. A post will be made about this.

  3. TheDarkKing says:

    Hello Pam! I really like Hard Wood, that sounds like a good idea if you didn't have dogs! I don't like carpet because of my allegies. Porcelain sounds great too!

  4. pthhieubilly says:

    my floor is cover by glazed brick

  5. thesamanyolu says:

    Hello Pam, how are you today? :up: :coffee: :love:

  6. NLDH says:

    Always hope you are doing well :love:

  7. Weatherlawyer says:

    Originally posted by derWandersmann:

    I live on Crete, about 200 miles north of Africa – we frequently get Sahara sand; and I know the sort of mud-rain you're talking about …

    That wind is called the Sirocco, in Italy. I used to have a Xograph of 24 hours of the full earth (taken from ATS III, I think) which clearly showed a pale redness moving westward across the Atlantic to the east coast of the US … wind-borne sand from the Sahara.


  8. edwardpiercy says:

    Just dropping by to say hi, Pam. Hope you get everything worked out soon. :wizard:

  9. NLDH says:

    Hello Pam. Hope all is well. I miss you on Opera 🙂

  10. L2D2 says:

    Howdy Pam. You OK?

  11. gdare says:

    Pam, I hope everything is ok. Long time no see you around.

  12. debplatt says:

    It's been a while since we heard from you, Pam. Like the others I hope you are doing okay. Miss you.

  13. L2D2 says:

    +1 What floor did you decide to go with?

  14. studio41 says:

    Pam, hope to see you soon, missing you.

  15. derWandersmann says:

    Didn't she say she was going to Fargo?

  16. daxonmacs says:

    Right Pam, you didn't put the flooring on top of you, did you, just to get another angle?

  17. edwardpiercy says:

    Well you know how these artists are once they become obsessed with a floor. Or ceiling.

  18. anonymous says:

    Pam writes:I'm fine everyone but am using another's computer. Mine has been unplugged for a few weeks as I've been moving furniture around and am planning on possibly getting rid of the old annoying computer desk. It takes up way too much room. No flooring yet. Still taking off the glue. Not getting all the help I thought I was going to get. Just checking in to let you know I'm fine. Everything will be back to normal and in place in a month or so. P. S. I HAVE QUIT SMOKING. Another reason for being away from the pc. It will be one month tomorrow.

  19. debplatt says:

    @Pam – congrats on quitting smoking! Now that's a big deal!Glad to hear that you're fine; sorry to hear that you're not getting as much help on your renovations as expected.

  20. derWandersmann says:

    ATTAGIRL!Too bad I don't live close … I need some activity, and exercise for the sake of exercise is abhorrent to me.

  21. gdare says:

    Nice to hear you are doing ok and also good news about smoking :up:

  22. Dacotah says:

    Hi Pam, hope to hear from you again before a month or so. Glad you are fine. :hat: On quitting smoking. :up:

  23. Weatherlawyer says:

    Originally posted by Dacotah:

    I HAVE QUIT SMOKING. Another reason for being away from the pc. It will be one month tomorrow

    One of the hardest jobs in the world. And sitting at the PC opens our hearts to all our vices.How about if we all sent you a different couloured tile so you'd have a multicultural floor?Sketch out a cartoon and put it online so someone can enlarge it to your room size, then some kind fan can use CAD or PHW to grid it out into 6 inch tile squares…That's as far as I can think that one….What's the name of the process of using cut tiles to make a picture?

  24. studio41 says:

    so happy to hear that all is okay, Pam! congratulations on quitting smoking! looking forward to when you will return. best with the flooring and changes, hope all goes very well.

  25. Donut123 says:

    well…if i can get beyond just surviving and having a whole lot of time to think about something so trite…since I live in a warehouse with no refigerator ..no stove…no shower..but a bathromm……I probably would paint the floor. I have done it in the past and it has always looked great. You may want to think about painting the floor. It`s not advised to show it off to your wealthy fiends..they usualy like to show off the most expesive floor money can buy. So they may dump you and think you are a lunatic. :no:

  26. Dacotah says:

    Originally posted by Weatherlawyer:

    Originally posted by Dacotah:

    I HAVE QUIT SMOKING. Another reason for being away from the pc. It will be one month tomorrow

    I didn't say that. Pam did. 🙂

  27. Dacotah says:


  28. Donut123 says:

    OH I see you are a Brit…when are your dogs and filth leaving our country? You had since 1776..and now you are destroyng the Ocean..and Willie lynch is dead…and so is Nicchi..and I see you rejoice in others ..bad moments…and i did not answer your post..mind your business Brit.

  29. Weatherlawyer says:

    Originally posted by Dacotah:

    I didn't say that. Pam did

    My bad.Opera allows you to quote other people by highlighting the comment and hitting the quote button. It also allows you to click someone else's comment's quote button.I never checked the code to see if it was correct. I just never considerwed I'd be uncovering a glitch. Clever me.Hmmm…Now it seems I am not allowed to do anything about it.Apparently our ability to edit or delete a post dies if it is replied to. Or maybe they have time limits?++++What do you think about the latest trend to choose friends based on their flooring tastes? I've only used it once, it seems an excellent method.

  30. Weatherlawyer says:

    Originally posted by Donut123:

    if i can get beyond just surviving and having a whole lot of time to think about something so trite.

    Ah, poor you.Bye.

  31. FIFINELEB says:

    I 'd choose all-tiled, waterproof and easy-cleaned floors because I am getting older and I 'd want less chores. Very kind regards to you,dear Pam.

    Have A Nice Day – Comments and Graphics!

  32. debplatt says:

    Originally posted by Donut123:

    OH I see you are a Brit…when are your dogs and filth leaving our country? You had since 1776..and now you are destroyng the Ocean..

    I can't believe you are blaming all the people of Britain for the oil spill.

  33. Weatherlawyer says:

    Actually it is our fault.We invented international travel, transworld empires, ocean liners, jet engines, and Anglo Dutch and Anglo Persia oil companies.We also pioneered early mining and the enseuing engineering. British steam engines powered the world and Britain invented the Industrial age and progress. All pretty damning really.British investments ran the US economy in the 19th century and basically, well… we were IT at the time.Of course as far as the recent disaster goes, the company at fault originally was a US firm. And the one they were wroking for was related to BushCo. So the agility of US politics to sideswipe the great US public with a bit of political showmanship, merely emphasises that the general US citizen can't find it's chocolate snowflake with two shovels.But who am I to poke criticism?I don't think choice of flooring is a way to choose friends though. But getting rid of them seems to have the floor. What other US inventions have there been?

  34. FIFINELEB says:

    Your fault to have invented the British sense of humour, Weatherlawyer! I like your way of putting things. Kind regards to you.

  35. thesamanyolu says:

    Yes, very much true…. too me… laminate flooring in part of their house and hate it . Almost because we live in the desert , there is always a fine layer of dust on the laminate and you can feel it under bare feet. In fact, the room should be paved patterned tiles

  36. PainterWoman says:

    Sorry everyone. I forgot to get back to this post. Have been too preoccupied. dW: Would be great to meet for a walk in the park. AND, of course, to bring our cameras for photos wouldn't it? …….i: Well surviving is one thing, and flooring is another. I'm doing both. Actually, I'd love to live in a warehouse as long as it had a patch of grass somewhere outside of it. Jean: I agree, tile would be easier to take care of. Just a quick dusting with a mop, then a rag to clean up spills.WL and Deb: I blame BP and their blatant act of ignoring safety measures because they were too expensive. Nevin: Patterned tiles is a great idea. It is expensive however. I just went to your blog and it is gone Nevin. I was going to comment on the photos of your daughter and her horse "Lucky". I hope everything is ok.

  37. Weatherlawyer says:

    Originally posted by PainterWoman:

    WL and Deb: I blame BP and their blatant act of ignoring safety measures because they were too expensive.

    I wonder if George Bush and co has sold the farm to pay for the damage Katrina did for by the same token their irresosibility lead to much worse.You want to tell your presidunces to clean up their own back-yards before they pillory the company that employed Halliburton and the owners of the rig.Or have you just been swallowing the spoon feeding cack that seems to have been going on over there?

  38. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by Weatherlawyer:

    Or have you just been swallowing the spoon feeding cack that seems to have been going on over there?

    I probably have. That's why I don't watch the news very much. Although I like watching Rachel Maddow.

  39. Weatherlawyer says:

    Apparently the company has been hauled over the coals by a witch-hunting party from your government. All of which it has acceded to.And there is much to concede. However the company to blame isn't BP, nor the Swiss one or the US one. (The two latter getting away with it, are they?)The real culprit in all this is the United States Government.Their oversight was (to put it mildly) criminally negligent.Were they getting a roasting too?Meanwhile, here is some English silliness (please bear in mind the moron is only writing for a living not for a cause and certainly not for anything resembling truth.) Originally posted by The Gonadiron:

    The machine can clean 200 gallons of water a minute, says the manufacturer. That sounds impressive but just how much water is there in the Gulf of Mexico?According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the volume of water in the gulf – the ninth largest body of water in the world – is 643 quadrillion gallons.We don't get to deal with quadrillions too often in our everyday lives, so let's put it another way. We're talking about 643,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2010/jun/17/kevin-costner-oil-spill-cleanThe Gulf does indeed wash out millions of cubic miles of water every hour. At some 4 knots (a fair trot) the entire surface of the gulf rotates rapidly and a great deal of the surface of it is shed to head over here in a relatively simple "continuum".I say simple, the actual process is somewhat difficut to analyse but it is basically what happens when two or three jets meet in plumbing or a wind instrument.It's no more complex than a good auto-mechanic can ge his head around. The staff of life for boy racers and hot rodders.What the idiot in the article failed to realise is that the company will not be plunging the depths. Oil…. wait for it…floats.Seiving 200 gallons an hour, per pump, will recover vast quantities of goop. Most of the volatiles are going to boil off and the dense bunker crude will be drifing in the deep; being attacked by bacteria that the decades of oil drilling have released from the depths.Or not, as the case may be.What might be worth rememebring is that all over the third world, huge tracts of land are being used to dump oil sludge, the by-product of well heads.The stuff is then left there to rot, the same way that tarmacadam rots. And millions of tons of the sludge are produced world wide every day.It is a toxic mixture of sulphur, acidic water, other chemicals and oil waste. And that isn't counting the stuff that the companies lose to leaks and spills every day -even on well run units.The men working rigs are not paid to keep the environment friendly. They are paid to extract crude oil. It costs very little to produce and spills are not recovered as though it was gold.If it spills, it is lost and that's all they care about it.If things were different, emergency recycling facilities would be part and parcel of all drillining activity. Such has never been the case.What BP is remembering in all this -and it may be how they can maintain a stiff upper lip; is that they have struck oil. The relief rigs that took so long to get to the area are going to be sucking money out of the ground.Soon the well will become a money-tree.And USAns will be buying its produce.

  40. Weatherlawyer says:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/48028479@N00/495942181/Maybe a project for the new life?I tried to capture the image but they have it blocked.

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