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View Poll Results: Best floor for DFW
Carpet 0 0%
Wood 18 46.15%
Marble/travertine/mosaic/Tile 20 51.28%
Laminate 1 2.56%
Voters: 39. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 04-15-2013, 01:25 PM
 
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I agree. Texans are now obsessed with wood and stainless steel, just as they were with all brick and all carpet.
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:18 PM
 
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Wood has been around forever in Texas. I have some wood floors I pulled out of a house from 1929. Did not use them in this house but a friend used them.

I like the solid flow of wood. I have a small formal living and dining room and it actually makes the living room look much larger with the wood being in the foyer, living, dining, etc. instead of chopped up.

I have not noticed any wear of a "traffic pattern" in high traffic areas in the 14 years these wood floors have been down. We have had many a party with plenty of teens, kids, adults, swimming, etc and no problems with the wood.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Funky town
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Stained concrete. Kids and animals can't hurt it no matter what they do (or which end it comes out of). Cool in the summer, wear slippers in the winter or put down area rugs. Can be stained to match any surface you want.
Bingo! I would love it but it doesnt seem to be the normal choice. But you are 100% correct, it keeps cooler in the summer....
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:18 PM
 
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I have A/C but carpets are kinda worn out so house needs new flooring. I was at flooring store and marble felt nice and cool for Texas summer. All wood seems like a thing for a cold mountain cabin. I was looking at Mexican & Mediterranean homes and most have marble/tile floor. If you look at high end listings in PH or HP then very few are all wood.
OK, let us be clear. Those floors are traventine(o)... very expensive not some cheap tiles. Plan to spend twice the price of a nailed down hardwood floors for replacing it with traventine.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:42 PM
 
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I like both travertine and hand scrapped hard wood but stone is obviously a better choice for our weather and wood for colder areas. We can get away with some wood but all wood is a stretch.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Irving, TX
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I've got slate flooring and like it quite a bit. We run the AC when it's over 100 or humid enough that we'd like it drier inside. Otherwise the floor keeps the place cool.

But whoever says it's irrelevant is either nuts or living in a higher financial bracket. Floors which can function as a heat-sink while not picking up lots of allergens are obviously superior for our high-allergy/high-cooling-cost environment.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I've got slate flooring and like it quite a bit. We run the AC when it's over 100 or humid enough that we'd like it drier inside. Otherwise the floor keeps the place cool.

But whoever says it's irrelevant is either nuts or living in a higher financial bracket. Floors which can function as a heat-sink while not picking up lots of allergens are obviously superior for our high-allergy/high-cooling-cost environment.
Floors alone keeping it cool enough to only occasionally need to turn on the a/c? Seems hard to believe, but it is intriguing...
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:05 PM
 
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Floors alone keeping it cool enough to only occasionally need to turn on the a/c? Seems hard to believe, but it is intriguing...
Very hard to believe, as my parents have slate floors in their house, and it certainly doesn't stay cool enough to not use the A/C in the summer. Of course, their house was also built in the early '80s, and lacks the advantage of modern insulation and air sealing. Floors can be heat sinks, but are only one factor of many, and you only feel the cooling effects of stone while you are actively touching it with bare feet (or laying on it). They don't radiate a cool feeling outwards.

Stone also radiates that stored heat outwards after temperatures have fallen, which sometimes can increase A/C use at night.
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Irving, TX
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My house was built in the 60s, but has updated/sealed windows, a radiant barrier spray, and lots of soffits. So as TheOverdog states, it's a package deal. That said, we really can completely skip the AC if we're in the mood until high summer hits, and our house has, unfortunately, full and unobstructed southern exposure with no shade at the moment.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:52 PM
 
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I've got slate flooring and like it quite a bit. We run the AC when it's over 100 or humid enough that we'd like it drier inside. Otherwise the floor keeps the place cool.

But whoever says it's irrelevant is either nuts or living in a higher financial bracket. Floors which can function as a heat-sink while not picking up lots of allergens are obviously superior for our high-allergy/high-cooling-cost environment.
Yes, I left out the allergy issue. I have no area rugs and no draperies for that reason. Wood blinds do fine at blocking views in ir shading the room. I "warm it up" with color: furniture, art, wall colors.
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