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    Laminate or Vinyl

    Our family has a small lake place. The carpet needs replacing and we are considering putting vinyl through the whole top floor about 800 SF.
    The chair is too rough on the carpet along with dirt and possible leaks.

    After choosing some and explaining our situation to the installer he is recommending laminate instead.
    In his PC my husband weighs about 600 pounds. We also have to put him in the hoyer lift and push it around a corner and back up into another room to get him into the bedroom. He weighs about 220.
    My family is covering most of the cost and I'd hate to get something that just gets ruined.
    We have hardwood in our home, but not practical for the lake place.
    Suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaT View Post
    Our family has a small lake place. The carpet needs replacing and we are considering putting vinyl through the whole top floor about 800 SF.
    The chair is too rough on the carpet along with dirt and possible leaks.

    After choosing some and explaining our situation to the installer he is recommending laminate instead.
    In his PC my husband weighs about 600 pounds. We also have to put him in the hoyer lift and push it around a corner and back up into another room to get him into the bedroom. He weighs about 220.
    My family is covering most of the cost and I'd hate to get something that just gets ruined.
    We have hardwood in our home, but not practical for the lake place.
    Suggestions?
    Vinyl will groove eventually where the chair tracks. Laminate would be the way I would go as well.

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    granite stone

    You can purchase granite 12" x 12" for $1 a piece. Wears like iron.

    http://www.stonetiledepot.com


    Ti
    "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

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    We have inexpensive laminate from Ikea in our apartment. Looks good, stupid easy to clean, often gets mistaken for hardwood by guests.

    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pr...014/#/20070011

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    Quote Originally Posted by titanium4motion View Post
    You can purchase granite 12" x 12" for $1 a piece. Wears like iron.

    http://www.stonetiledepot.com


    Ti

    My Mom does not want ceramic or granite-not sure why.
    I should mention we have not heated the place in winter the last few seasons and the installer thought the vinyl would pull back at the seams.
    He does a lot of lake places and has seen that happen.

    We need something durable as a lot of traffic in the summer.

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    Second on the laminate .. though if you have sunlight glare, you'll see spots you thought were clean in the dark.

    I asked all the questions when I purchased .. even if I went to a powerchair .. I was told it would stand up to it.

    Don't spill something and let it sit (my cats knocked over my Swiffer wetjet one night - which I should have put it away - and it leaked all over the floor and lifted in one spot, but it doesn't look horrible or anything.

    I have laminate throughout my condo. Love it! Definitely would buy again.
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    Laminate flooring comes in 5 different grades and it is important to get a grade suitable for wheelchair use so that the flooring holds up over time to wheelchair use.. Laminate's strength is determined by its resistance to factors such as: moisture, standing liquid, cigarette burns, abrasion, impact and stains. Depending on its results, the laminate floor is then placed in one of the 5 following Abrasion Rating (AC) categories:
    * AC1 Moderate Residential: This type of laminate flooring is best for residential spaces with light traffic such as bedrooms or closets.
    * AC2 General Residential: AC2 laminate floors suit spaces like living rooms and dining rooms which see medium levels of traffic.
    * AC3 Heavy Residential/Moderate Commercial: Suitable for all rooms in the house and commercial spaces receiving light traffic. (Few residential spaces will require laminate floors with an AC rating higher than 3). AC3 is the most common rating of laminate flooring.
    * AC4 General Commercial: Suitable for all rooms in the house and commercial areas with heavier traffic.
    * AC5 Heavy Commercial: Generally only necessary for high–traffic spaces like public buildings or department stores.

    Laminate flooring of grade AC3 and above is recommended for wheelchair use because they're more durable and resilient.

    Here is a good article that discusses laminate flooring suitability in various rooms in the house.
    http://www.findanyfloor.com/BuyingGu...deBasics.xhtml

    Other options are:
    * Residential inlaid sheet vinyl (NOT standard roto-vinyl, but inlaid)
    * Commercial inlaid sheet vinyl
    * Vinyl composition tile
    * Luxury vinyl tile and planks
    * Ceramic tile
    * Stone
    * High end, commercial grade laminate wood
    * High end commercial carpet tile

    If you really are thinking vinyl sheet goods are still something you want to look at, ask about the Inlaid Sheet Vinyl. It provides excellent gouge resistance created by through-color, through-pattern wear layer, fiberglass backing and inlaid wear layer resist damage from rolling loads and is tested 500 PSI rating for floors that resist indentation from heavy static loads. Do an internet search for more information.

    All the best,
    GJ

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    Thanks for the research GJ and suggestions everyone.
    We chose a Faust brand in the AC4 grade in a stone type pattern.
    I think it will look nice in there and the installer seemed to know what he was talking about.
    The lower level is a walk in basement better known as the "flop house" to younger family members. They can have the old carpet.

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    Laminate Flooring

    It looks like this has been resolved, but I wanted to share something anyway with you. Although you can use lower AC rated laminates, and it will probably be fine, the manufacturers won't normally honor warranties should something go wrong if you're in a chair or scooter. And since you are in an area where there is a good chance of something going wrong, you should really make sure that your warranty will not be voided. ALLOC and Quick Step have an AC4+ rating and they will both honor all warranties with wheelchair and scooter use. If you go to bestlaminate.net/adaflooring there is a selection of laminates that are chosen just for this purpose. They have a special discount available for disabled individuals as well.

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