~When we refinished them we sanded, and the nail heads were starting to protrude above the wood. This means no more sanding!
After several years I have some annoyances: (is that a word??) anywho...
~this floor is dry, & brittle. Under the desk area, where the chair moves in & out the floor has literally deteriorated & large chunks of wood have just broken off!
~Also there are large gaps in between the planks. This means in the kitchen area I can not even sweep! I have to vacuum. The inconvenience of taking out the vacuum 3 times a day (not that I ever do..shhhhhh) is wearing on me.
~From a design point of view, I don't like the brown cupboards, brown wood floor & brown counter top (which was supposed to be black) - going on here. Too much "matchy matchy"!
PROS:~When we renovated the kitchen, it saved us thousands to NOT have to purchase new floors. :)
~Crumb catchers are handy. (big gaps between boards)
~The natural ambered natural color is GREAT for hiding dirt...seriously if it were not for the big gaps filled with crumbs, it would never look dirty!
I do work in a flooring speciality store, so I have a couple of products in mind:
~it has that 100 year old house feel,
~it will brighten the kitchen & not be so "matchy-matchy",
~it is a ply able vinyl product so it will go over our EXTREMELY uneven floors without much prep,
~it is textured,and has a "feel real" wood vibe
~1 solid piece means no place for crumbs to hide & easily sweepable
~It has an anti-mildew layer, which means it is great for wet areas - & will not grow mold
~It is softer & warmer & more comfortable than hardwood
~The backing has a fibreglass layer, which prevents it from curling up on the edges
~Pricewise it runs about $3.67/sf for this particular series
OK, so next is MARMOLEUM (no photo available..just the link)
Marmoleum has been around for 100 ++ years! It is a completely natural product! Interestingly enough it is made from some basic ingredients:
- linseed oil
- sawdust (tree flour)
- tree gum (tree resin)
- jute backing
- natural pigments
It comes in a click floor (which has a natural cork backing),
a tile form & a sheet form
(here is the link)
~They offer matching cool borders too! (for the tile & sheet product).
~All 3 types of marmoleum is refurbish able! They can be polished up like new over & over again.
~Environmentally friendly - biodegradable
~It is considered a "breathe easy" flooring product
The only disadvantages of this product were hard to think of, but here are a few downfalls:
~I guess just the price. This stuff goes for $6-$7ish per square foot in Canada. That can add up if you have a large area, but seriously it will last forever.
~The only downfall of that is if you ever remodel, you have no excuse to get a new floor!!
~The sheets MUST be installed by professionals, due to the weld-rod they use to seam it together. This weld rod requires a special machine. It is a 6 foot wide roll.
So which do you prefer?