Well, I promised you in the last blog post that I would post when the flooring project was done. Thus the reason I haven't blogged until now =)
And even now, we are only, you guessed it, half way there.
I better press the rewind button for a few moments here....back up to three weeks ago. Jon and I drove up to the new house every night after work to continue laying floor boards, sawing, cutting, etc. Our goal of finishing the entire downstairs flooring in new laminate hardwood was quickly revised to be more realistic. We finished the main living room/dining room area. The rest, we decided, would wait until after we moved in.
After a few bumps and hiccups with the actual move itself, we finally moved into our new house. And then we sat down on the couch. After weeks of working at the house every night prior to move-in, we relished the joy of being moved-in and celebrated by spending several nights on the couch after work doing absolutely nothing except watching Netflix. It was great. But....now we still have the other half of the flooring project to complete.
Our hope is to finish 70-80% of it over this next weekend. Until then, we are thoroughly enjoying the half of the house that IS finished! Take a look at the pictures!!
As mentioned before, we used Harmonics Flooring from Costco. Here's my take on the product:
-The quality is excellent; from a distance it looks exactly like real hardwood.
- The price is unbeatable. At ~$1.40 sq/ft after the promotion that was running, it was much cheaper than anything of similar quality that we found at Lowe's and Home Depot. Similar products ran about $3 to $4 sq/ft.
- The flooring is HIGH maintenance. You can't get it wet (no steam mopping or regular mopping) and you can't leave spills on it for long or the water stains will show. As for cleaning, you can use a damp mop but even then you have to go back over it with a dry mop or cloth to absorb excess water. It takes a lot of time, in my opinion.
- I found that is scratches fairly easily, which is surprising considering all the reviews I had read before purchasing it stated otherwise.
- It's easy to install, yes, but it does require a lot of patience. It's not rocket-science and I think almost anyone can install it, but it does take a lot of time. Like a lot. Be prepared to make many, many cuts with a regular saw and a jigsaw. It's labor-intensive.
-In the end, I have been happy with it and how it looks. As for long-term durability, we will see. I think I would go with real hardwood in the future, but for a short-term house (we are thinking ~5 years) it's a great solution.