A blank slate
Tuesday July 02nd 2013, 9:38 pm
Filed under: Non-Knitting

So I have a question to toss out there. I need the voices of experience.

When I was growing up, there was a rock quarry a half mile down the road that had been in operation since colonial days; we had a flagstone entryway, a great place for scraping the mud off your shoes–oh oops, sorry, Mom. I love love love floors like that. Solid and of the earth.

We have 20 year old vinyl flooring in the kitchen and halls and bathrooms, and it has definitely seen better days. So we’ve been looking. The house is a California ranch built on a slab.

One salesman told me his Linkwerks stuff was far better than plain vinyl; wears longer, is thicker, is in essence padded compared to, say, a stone floor.  He says.

Given that I’m someone damaged in both bones and balance and I fall.

But the materials cost is almost as much as some stone ones, so why bother? And I don’t want to repeat the disappointments of what I had: the vinyl had a lot go wrong quickly, and the tile entryway cracked in a small earthquake.

I liked some of the slate floors I saw online–some have smooth surfaces, some, irregular, but Saturday’s salesman told me that regardless, slate absolutely wouldn’t do around a grandson who will be crawling in a few months, that it chips and flakes and the little one could skin his knee.

Yeah, I wouldn’t have wanted to crawl on my folks’ old entryway for the hardness, but then at my age I wouldn’t really want to crawl on much of anything; I don’t know if he was just trying to upsell me?

One reviewer on Yelp said to beware of cheap granites vs good ones, without answering the question that immediately raises: how can you tell?

So my question is, what do you have that you’ve been happy with?

(Edited to add: our water table is too high to make wood work.)


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I put vinyl in this house I inherited. It was much less expensive than stone/slate/whatever and will last as long as I will. Easy to clean, too.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 07.03.13 @ 6:38 am

I wish I could be helpful, but I’m a hardwood girl from way back.

Comment by Channon 07.03.13 @ 8:55 am

My kitchen has a stone looking laminate flooring that I love! It’s easy to clean, easy on the back for standing long periods, doesn’t hurt the grandsons when they crawl, and doesn’t lead to smashed plates as easily as a stone or ceramic tile floor would. I have a refillable Swiffer-like mop thingy which I fill with hydrogen peroxide to clean the floor and it does a great job. I also alternate cleaning with a steam mop. I love the floor and its so much better than the old linoleum we used to have. Good luck with your hunt.

Comment by Jody 07.03.13 @ 9:32 am

We put “resilient” vinyl in our kitchen three years ago and love it. Ours it CarpetOne, but their styles were limited. I googled “padded vinyl” and got a lot of hits – try looking at Stainmaster, for instance. It was perfectly affordable and really makes a difference under the feet.

Comment by Beth in Maryland 07.03.13 @ 10:23 am

Wish I could add to the suggestions, but a couple of them there bear looking into. When we moved here the kitchen floor was linoleum. I suppose it still is. As you may have noticed, we are carpeted throughout, including the kitchen and the bathrooms. Good luck.

Comment by Donald Meyer 07.03.13 @ 10:36 am

Our floors here are stone or hardwood with area rugs. We put the grandbabies on the rugs. We had a greenish slate entryway (with the grout lines painted white) which we replaced. The front step has slate tiles, and they do chip. The granite tiles become slippery if they are wet, so you should be aware of that. Are engineered laminate floorings also out? My parents like their engineered bamboo floor. Good luck picking something appropriate and comfortable.

Comment by LauraN 07.03.13 @ 3:22 pm

current house has ceramic tile in the kitchen/hallway/bathroom downstairs, carpet in the living room/dining room and Pergo in the family room

I like the Pergo — more forgiving than the tile, easier to clean than carpet

I admit though, I’d have hardwood throughout if we could afford it — and the look of the Pergo (looks like wood) puts another plus in it’s column from me too

Comment by bev 07.03.13 @ 3:29 pm

We have birch, and love it for the warmth. It may not do given your water table – but what about cork? It is supposed to be moisture resistant. I would love to give that a try for the comfort it is supposed to give to those standing on it. It may, however, be a bit spendy as we say in MN.

Comment by twinsetellen 07.03.13 @ 7:39 pm

I second (or third) the comment on laminate. We are currently remodeling our kitchen. Home Depot has a Pergo laminate that looks like slate. It has a bit of a texture, no slipping, but not enough to make the floor uneven. That’s what we are using.

I was told by friends to steer clear of wood as it doesn’t wear well, and our contractor said to stay away from tile, as the grout is difficult to keep clean.

Comment by Anne 07.03.13 @ 10:21 pm

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