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Old 02-24-2008, 06:47 PM
 
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Can anyone give some advice. We just bought a home in Madison and have to opportunity to re-do the floors in a master bedroom and adjoining office.
We love the idea of wood floors but are wondering if they might be really really cold on the feet in your Wisconsin winters(we are from the southwest). Puting in radiant heat isn't an option. What are your opinions?
Thanks
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Old 02-24-2008, 07:17 PM
 
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I have wood floors in my main living area and carpet in the bedrooms/family room and I think it is about the same. I do have large area rugs, however, so I guess I'm rarely on bare wood. My feet are always cold in the winter so I'm always wearing socks.
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Old 02-24-2008, 09:39 PM
 
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Pretty much whatever you do the cold will come as a shock at first. You'll get used to it. We have wood floors it's about the same as carpeting.
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Old 02-29-2008, 04:36 PM
 
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I moved to the midwest from Arizona, so I can tell you that you will be cold no matter what! The falls and springs are great though.

Anyhow, I would say refinish the wood floors. Your home's value will probably benefit from it, and if you are used to carpet you will notice that a house with wood floors stays much cleaner (or at least it feels that way). It's pretty hard to keep a carpet clean. We bought a house with all hardwood last year, and bought some wool area rugs. The wool rugs stay warmer than carpet, and I wear big fuzzy slippers when I can't keep on the rug!
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Old 02-29-2008, 04:58 PM
 
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Can anyone give some advice. We just bought a home in Madison and have to opportunity to re-do the floors in a master bedroom and adjoining office.
We love the idea of wood floors but are wondering if they might be really really cold on the feet in your Wisconsin winters(we are from the southwest). Puting in radiant heat isn't an option. What are your opinions?
Thanks
Assuming that your house has a basement and/or heated crawl space, go for it. The wood floors aren't cold at all, not like tile floors. They transfer heat though, so they're not like carpet (obviously). I've lived in several homes with wood floors, oak, maple, & pine. They were all fine during winter.
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Old 02-29-2008, 05:04 PM
 
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Oh, area rugs on a wood floor all the way!

The momentary shock of a cold floor every now and then is nothing compared to your carpet getting all nasty or someone stepping on a carpet staple.
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Old 02-29-2008, 11:44 PM
 
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1) Area rugs.

2) Socks.

3) Slippers.


Those are three simple cures to cold feet on wood floors in winter.
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Old 03-01-2008, 12:14 PM
 
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Carpet is nasty. Although Wisconsin winters are the biggest shock for someone moving here from the desert, the year-round humidity is something to consider as well. Carpets and humidity are a bad combination, so if you want wood, go with wood.
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Old 03-05-2008, 04:22 PM
 
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1) Area rugs.

2) Socks.

3) Slippers.


Those are three simple cures to cold feet on wood floors in winter.
And throw blankets. Lots of throw blankets for sitting on the couch.

I WANT THIS WINTER TO BE OVER!!!!!
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Old 03-05-2008, 07:45 PM
 
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A-men! I hear we are going to be going into a deep freeze again.... March, right? Just checking. And people wonder why I want to move to Austin.....
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