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D/R Floor Conundrum (by Oreo [WI]) Mar 26, 2023 9:22 AM
       D/R Floor Conundrum (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Mar 26, 2023 12:06 PM
       D/R Floor Conundrum (by Copliin [CA]) Mar 26, 2023 12:33 PM
       D/R Floor Conundrum (by Oreo [WI]) Mar 26, 2023 1:42 PM
       D/R Floor Conundrum (by vEE [OH]) Mar 26, 2023 2:00 PM
       D/R Floor Conundrum (by OREO [WI]) Mar 26, 2023 2:22 PM
       D/R Floor Conundrum (by zero [IN]) Mar 27, 2023 9:24 AM
       D/R Floor Conundrum (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Mar 27, 2023 11:04 AM
       D/R Floor Conundrum (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Mar 27, 2023 4:11 PM
       D/R Floor Conundrum (by zero [IN]) Mar 28, 2023 9:22 AM
       D/R Floor Conundrum (by Oreo [WI]) Mar 28, 2023 8:25 PM

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D/R Floor Conundrum (by Oreo [WI]) Posted on: Mar 26, 2023 9:22 AM

Hi Folks, would like feedback on using a click to install flooring in the dining room of a unit we are updating. Hubby likes the natural wood, as do I. However, once you've sanded a floor, you're limited in the sanding you can do again. Never having done this before, a couple questions for those who have installed it.

Reasoning is to protect the natural wood floor, remove the click products to refinished the wood floor just before we sell.

Does the install harm the floor below? Is there a product with thickness typically thin enough to place after removing the quarter round, and reinstalling the/a quarter round? Not wanting to shave the dining room door. There is currently carpet in the dining room. --75.11.xx.xx

D/R Floor Conundrum (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Mar 26, 2023 12:06 PM

More expensive upfront where install a Schluter Ditra membrane then install on top a wood grein porcelain tile or plan porcelain tile where that is going a last a long time along no sanding other then mopping. If use a wet saw then porcelain tiles can cut. In house going to rip that cheap laminate then the kitchen will porcelain like the bathroom. --68.69.xxx.xxx

D/R Floor Conundrum (by Copliin [CA]) Posted on: Mar 26, 2023 12:33 PM

Are you talking about installing click & lock LVP flooring?

If so, just buy LVP with backing, a decent wear layer, water resistant, scratch resistant etc. The LVP lays over existing flooring ( it floats on existing flooring) and is held down around the parimeter. --47.153.xx.xxx

D/R Floor Conundrum (by Oreo [WI]) Posted on: Mar 26, 2023 1:42 PM

COPLIN: yes, that or something nice looking like that. Goal here is to install without needing to saw the bottom of a door leading into the dining room. Before going into a deep dive research, thought I'd ask folks here for products not super thick that we can install temporarily for a few years, before we sell, and remove at the time we finish the floors underneath.

We want the floor to look attractive for renting, but when damaged, it can be repaired with add'l we will set aside for that, Is there a quality click install floor that isn't real thick? --75.11.xx.xx

D/R Floor Conundrum (by vEE [OH]) Posted on: Mar 26, 2023 2:00 PM

Floating floors are only 7-10 mm thickness, kitchen cabinets have 20 MM and more clearance. Are your existing doors this close? --76.190.xxx.xxx

D/R Floor Conundrum (by OREO [WI]) Posted on: Mar 26, 2023 2:22 PM

Judging from carpet height, not likely that thick. Don't have access at this point, throwing out planning ideas for when the current tenant moves. Will do a thorough measurement when we get in there for a repair or other with notice. There is only one DR door into a vestibule area outside a bathroom and 2 bedrooms. So won't need to adjust other doors as we'll likely recarpet outside the bathroom. Don't want anyone slipping because someone else decides to exit the bathroom while still wet. --75.11.xx.xx

D/R Floor Conundrum (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Mar 27, 2023 9:24 AM

If you are pulling the carpet (and pad most likely) you should have plenty of room to install anything you want.

LVP isn't as thick as most pad, by maybe half.

Watch what you buy as I have had one floor that got wet under the plank and the pad adhered to the floor below. If you want to use the wood under there after you could have more problems with staining and such.

Another option is to get plank with no or very little backing and put your own backing down. Usually more expensive that way but a good solid foam core might help. --107.147.xx.xxx

D/R Floor Conundrum (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Mar 27, 2023 11:04 AM

Remind your husband that if this is a rental, my best suggestion is to have something washable on the floor in the dining room in a rental. If tenants are eating in there there is a high chance that food and liquids will be dropped on the floor and occasionally we all have the misfortune of getting a group of tenants who don't clean up after themselves very well. That's not the very best place for a wood floor. --76.178.xxx.xxx

D/R Floor Conundrum (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Mar 27, 2023 4:11 PM

Here some rental housing providers are in the never ending landfill process where they use cheap domestic flooring which usually lasts 3 years or less. There are two objectives which are once there is move out then what will have quick mopping then can rent ASAP. Next with commercial grade porcelain tile a lit cigarette, pet sneaked along the most wear resistant is the best option. For the door if have multi-tool then can easy reduce bottom of door. In the apartment buildings put down a floor that lasts easily more then ten years where even though costs more upfront the landfill process comes to a end. The worst case a tenant damaged the grout where they called the building inspector which was a easy fix. Using commercial grade locks where grade one or grade two where the locks last along with better security then grade three. Metal outlet and switch covers last where not easily broken. A metal seems expensive upfront where a metal roof easily last 3 to 4 shingle roofs along with stands severe weather. --68.69.xxx.xxx

D/R Floor Conundrum (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2023 9:22 AM

Oregon Woodsmoke,

Who still eats in a dining room? That is just another catch all or second TV area in most of my places that have an actual dining room.

I agree with you about the easily cleaned floors. I still put carpet in bedrooms. Few years back had a family with way too much drama. She accidently slept with a friend and got pregnant. She moved in with her mother. He stayed a while and finally decided to move out. I went over and she showed up saying I couldn't change the locks as she was renting.

Anyhow, got thru that portion and she was walking around the house looking for anything amongst the junk and clutter that she might want. I saw this big sticky stain by the bed. She says "when we moved in you said the carpets were stain resistant, I guess you were wrong."

I walked back to my truck and started rekeying the locks.

Coincidently that is the same house I will be taking back shortly from my last dirty tenant. Not looking forward to it. --107.147.xx.xxx

D/R Floor Conundrum (by Oreo [WI]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2023 8:25 PM

Thanks for the additional ideas. I'll start with looking at some LVP. A nice one, not a cheapy. The DR isn't that large so the cost shouldn't be prohibitive.

For all we know, the floor underneath might not be in any shape to have sanded and refinished ever. The carpet was brand new when we bought the place so we have not seen the floor under it.

In another property of ours, when we removed carpet, the floors were a disaster. We decided to remove what little stain was there, then rolled the floor with Minwax gel stain and overcoated with a poly. It turned out amazing, and the nicest floor we have done and a favorite of every tenant. Done in 1994, minor touchups between tenants, and easy to clean. But we shall see. If the floor is in awful shape, hubby may like the LVP and keep it. I'll ck out an LVP brand mentioned in Marcia's updates post.


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