Home Improvement: You’ll Be Floored

I’ve been in love with wood floors for as long as I can remember.  I just like the look and the feel of them.  Well, when we moved into our house, the carpet was in okay condition.  It was 13 years old, and was starting to show considerable amounts of wear, and as often as I vacuumed it, it still looked flat and lifeless. 

Enter two dogs that come in from the South Carolinian red clay.  Add wet dogs bringing in red clay.  Envision frantic owner trying to wipe off paws and clean carpet.  Next envision two shedding dogs and how carpet likes to cling to hair, no matter how many times you vacuum.  I know these are all reasons many people don’t get dogs, or make them stay outside.  Ours typically stay outside unless Peyton finds a new way to get out of the yard and goes on “probation”.  Needless to say though, the hair and the dirt were just getting disgusting – I let things get a little unorganized in my house, but dirty is just not allowed. So we decided to put in new flooring, not just for my pleasure of having solid flooring…but because it was a matter of function.

Matt and I shopped around for a while, looking for the best deal, which there are many to be had in this economy.  We eventually went through a wholesaler (our life insurance guy had a membership with one so we got a killer discount!).  After much research we went with a laminate.  Not hardwood? Nope.  We live in a very odd neighborhood, old and “newer” homes in between one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Greenville, and the not so great part of town – so we new that investing $5K+ on hardwoods in our neighborhood could be a huge risk in that we might only get little back on the investment.  We also learned that with two medium sized dogs (both in the mid to upper 30’s in weight) laminate might be a better option to have less maintenance in the future as dog nails tend to dig into most hardwoods- at least those even remotely close to our budget!).

We realize our decision won’t bring as much value as hardwoods would to the home, but it was definitely the best decision, especially considering we intend to be in this house for the next 5-7 years.

So here’s a peak at the floor!  But this is all you get for now.  I’m planning a post on “how to install click and lock laminates”.  Let’s just say we still made some major OOPs! We hope you can learn from our mistakes!

Close Up of the laminate

Close Up of the laminate

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1 Response to “Home Improvement: You’ll Be Floored”


  1. 1 The Handyguys July 29, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I think the decision to do laminates may be a good one in your situation. They can have a more durable surface. The only downside is if the do get damaged repair is very tough. I would love to see some pictures. If you are interested we have an online radio show for home improvement DIYers You can check it out at http://www.handyguyspodcast.com If you like it we would love to be added to your blogroll.


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