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What type of flooring to use on 2nd floor?

tntwDecember 8, 2012
We are building our dream home with wood flooring throughout. I would like to use a very durable flooring in our space above the garage, we call the apartment. Any other suggestions besides wood floors- too costly, and carpet stains so easily ?
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orangecamera
Laminate is the way to go. It's very durable.
    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 6:10AM
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charleee
For somthing attractive and as permanent as can get, I would look into the porcelain wood look tiles. They're impervious to kids and pets, easy to clean and they look just like wood. I ordered some free samples (free shipping, too) from this company and I'm impressed: http://www.builddirect.com/Porcelain-Tile.aspx
    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 6:25AM
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olldcan
What's this space going to be used for?
    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 6:34AM
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
We have laminate in our bonus room over the garage. It is cold and it makes a hollow sound when you walk on it with hard sole shoes. I think tile would also be cold and it would be more expensive than hardwood -at least in our area. I would use carpet for the room over the garage.
    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 6:37AM
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tntw
The space will be used for short term temporary guest, it does have a mini kitchen in the living space, so I can expect some spills...
    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 6:45AM
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Dytecture
Personally I like to use Sisal carpet in areas such as above the garage as they are non-directional and have a rugged look.

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    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 6:47AM
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olldcan
Take a look at cork flooring. I was all set to purchase it for above our garage (rec room/lounge/ping pong/ shuffle board/ fooseball/ bar/tv/ sofas etc etc 800 sq.ft) for many reasons but got talked into laminate. BIG MISTAKE, the laminate is a disaster all day every day
    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 6:52AM
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Deborah Butler, Brickwood Builders
You could do tile just in the mini-kitchen area and something warmer in the remainder of the space.
    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 7:24AM
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Linda
If you use carpet tiles, it is easy to replace a piece if necessary. Some of the new carpet tiles look really nice and are easy to work with. If you let the adhesive dry until tacky, the necessary tiles can be peeled off for cleaning/replacement.
    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 9:19AM
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tntw
Thanks for all your ideas, I will look into the sisal and carpet squares
    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 8:21PM
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