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Old 11-13-2018, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Scarab352 View Post
Travertine tile is nice, easy to keep clean also.
I did the whole house (rental) with cream colored travertine. With a few area rugs it's perfect.
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:07 AM
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Find open houses coming up this weekend for comparable homes in your area. Go look at the floors. Do the same as the majority.
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by twollman View Post
Hand scraped prefinished solid hardwood.

https://www.homerwood.com/
Maybe that's ok in Oregon but down here we have various types of Termites so NO wood, especially on ground floor.
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:22 AM
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Bamboo. Extremely durable and not overly expensive.. looks great installed..
I've done my last 3 houses with this.. https://www.ambientbp.com/bamboo-flooring-cost.php
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
my prediction re: wood look tile is in the next 10-15 years tastes will have changed and wood look tile will go the way of avocado green appliances . . .
Just great. I just ordered an entire Wolf kitchen suite in avocado green. Should I switch them to Harvest Gold?
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:44 AM
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Porcelain Tile throughout. We're in the Panhandle too and did on our house with 20" tiles; It's been 6 years since installation and would do the same today. Cool in summer, easy to clean, fairly inexpensive and should be there for a long, long time. Ceramic Tiles are ok but coating will wear off in heavily used areas and where furniture legs make contact. We have it in rentals and have to replace single tiles from time to time. Not a big deal but just something else to maintain.
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:48 AM
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Look up pergo and lifeproof flooring supposed to be water proof and scratch resistant, might be a good option if you have pets and being in a high foot traffic area.
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by TorFed View Post
Usually only comes into play if they ask. To the naked eye the vast majority will not be able to tell difference.
To me it's obvious as hell plus it's easy to spot a do-it-yourself job from professional; even on prefinished. But it doesn't sound like the OP is in the price range I was referencing.
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by rickpcfl View Post
we want something that will appeal to the somewhat upscale buyers who will be looking at it. We want to install something nice, but not overly expensive. I guess the best way to put it is that we'd like a decent return for the money spent. I would like to avoid hardwood flooring mainly because I don't want to deal with the installation, sanding and finishing.



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I think hard wood floors and tile in kitchen and bath will be the most desirable to high end buyers. Also never go out of style. I have high end luxury vinyl and love them and they work great for the beach but they still look fake to me and I don't consider them high end. I know wood tile is trendy now but it also is fake and I wouldn't want tile floors through the whole house.
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Originally Posted by amofgreenville View Post
Bamboo. Extremely durable and not overly expensive.. looks great installed..
I've done my last 3 houses with this.. https://www.ambientbp.com/bamboo-flooring-cost.php
Never seen it in a house above $400k, so I guess 'nice house' is relative when coming to pricing, but I do know higher end price tag buyers will scoff at bamboo. Not that there is anything wrong with it, just a perception issue on their part. Florida may be different, I can only speak to around here.

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To me it's obvious as hell plus it's easy to spot a do-it-yourself job from professional; even on prefinished. But it doesn't sound like the OP is in the price range I was referencing.
Never once had a single person comment on it. Shown thousands of houses to hundreds of people. Given, everyone who worked in/with construction normally was buying a fixer-upper. But your average person with money for a nice home has no idea.
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Originally Posted by TorFed View Post
Never seen it in a house above $400k, so I guess 'nice house' is relative when coming to pricing, but I do know higher end price tag buyers will scoff at bamboo. Not that there is anything wrong with it, just a perception issue on their part. Florida may be different, I can only speak to around here.



Never once had a single person comment on it. Shown thousands of houses to hundreds of people. Given, everyone who worked in/with construction normally was buying a fixer-upper. But your average person with money for a nice home has no idea.
Guess it depends on the price range.
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Old 11-13-2018, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by RyanL11 View Post
Nice floor is ceramic? Any wood is better than ceramic and more costly too.

Also, I wouldn't do marble outside of a bathroom or other low traction areas.
Yes, there are a lot of really nice ceramic tile options. They are highly durable, relatively easy to install, and low maintenance. I'm not talking about $1/sqft basic beige tiles, but stuff that is patterned, and/or in options other than just 12x12 tiles.

As for "any wood" being better, I disagree. Oak floors for example are very common and usually some variant of oak is the go-to choice for wood floors. Looks totally pedestrian, it is something you see all the time in houses to the point is really does not add any character or uniqueness.
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Old 11-13-2018, 11:27 AM
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building a new home & went with LVT, it's pretty much indestructible & barely distinguishable from hardwood in look / feel and i was a "never gonna get that fake plastic wood crap" type because i used to do sand/finish hardwoods, but the new LVT stuff has come a long way from the early stages of snap lock flooring that looks & feels cheap, the LVT is nice stuff
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I am in the process of building a VERY nice 3400 high end house for a customer and after looking at it, they went with PLVT. Very durable for dogs and kids as well as waterproof should you have a leak. This is a slab house but it could be done over wood sub floor as well.
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Old 11-13-2018, 01:07 PM
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yep, my LVT looks like handscraped hardwood, downstairs is over slab, upstairs is over wood subfloor, i went LVT throughout instead of carpet upstairs because of dogs
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Originally Posted by rickpcfl View Post
I know, sorry. I'm just not sure what the price range is. Our flooring is being replaced due to damage from the hurricane. I'm guessing we'll get about 10k for the existing flooring and can put another 3-5k with it.

If I can install it, then we can buy more expensive material. If I have to pay someone to install it, we'll probably have to go with something not quite as expensive

I forgot to mention that the area is probably about 1000 SF total.
are you saying your budget is 10K for 1000sq feet???? What all does that include? That's a hell of a budget for only 1K square feet

If floating floor I've had great luck with Quick-Step! Quality stuff and durable. I still think wood look tile esp if your on a slab. Goodluck
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Old 11-13-2018, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
Guess it depends on the price range.
I get what your saying, but judging by the finishes and materials I see in high end spec homes 600-900k most buyers either don't know any better or don't care.
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Old 11-13-2018, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by rdmallory View Post
Over concrete or wood?

Concrete - Wood look tile
Wood - Pre finished hardwood.
Over concrete
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Old 11-13-2018, 04:08 PM
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Hardwood finished on site will never go out of style. And it really isnt that big a deal to have it done in an existing house provided you get a competent company. 1000ft is not a lot. Look into something like Ash or Maple, and maybe do some custom inlays, stained darker. If your on the water maybe do a compass inlay
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Originally Posted by MedicalManagement View Post
are you saying your budget is 10K for 1000sq feet???? What all does that include? That's a hell of a budget for only 1K square feet

If floating floor I've had great luck with Quick-Step! Quality stuff and durable. I still think wood look tile esp if your on a slab. Goodluck
$10 per square foot isn't much, really. The Homerwood I linked is $15-20 per square foot. Cheap lumber liquidator solid hardwood is around $8 just for the material.

A quality tile job is easily $10 per square foot around here.


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