Change in flooring plans

Last November, my condo was flooded after an upstairs neighbor attempted to fix his toilet. His plumbing skills clearly rival those of the average 6 year old.

I shopped for new floors after ripping mine out in a panic (mold is a four letter word that strikes feat into every home owner's heart), but never settled on anything. The holidays came, then my busy time at work, and the project got put off. Now, as I'm getting my head above water at work, it's time to revisit the floors.

I think I've mentioned my motivation before. I'm in a condo community and I have resale in mind. When the time comes to sell, I'll probably be competing with units that have never had an occupant. I want buyers to see my unit as superior to one that has never had an owner, even with the upgrades the owner of the complex put in most of those units (engineered wood floors and granite countertops).

Being on the first floor, I have more wood than most (upper floors must have a certain percentage of the floor covered with carpet), so I have that going for me. I thought that going for a green product would be another selling point. I went out to our local green building supply, Nature Neutral back in November and liked EcoTimber's bamboo flooring. Since then, I've been wondering if the bamboo is too "taste specific". I went back to Nature Neutral yesterday and found that they are running an amazing special on EcoTimber's engineered wood. The total cost of using the engineered product is $1200 less than using the bamboo (which has to get glued down using a fairly expensive adhesive).

What do you think? I didn't think I would like engineered wood, but this stuff is pretty nice. EcoTimber's product doesn't off gas (they don't use formaldehyde) and it goes down much more quickly than the bamboo, which will need to be glued down.

Of course, the glued down product doesn't have to get completely ripped out if there's every water here again. Just the areas where there is water get replaced. Floating floors seem to get completely ruined if one part gets water under it (the liner wicks the water).

Maybe I should ask 2D if they plan on doing any plumbing before I make my final decision.

Update: Scratch my whole post. A developer snapped up all of the stock on the floors when the price cut was announced. What a bummer. I hope my floor guy doesn't mind the extra labor of gluing bamboo down!


  1. I think it's pretty although I do love bamboo.

  2. I'm all for going green, but I don't know that having bamboo floors is something that would necessarily sway a future homebuyer! I think the engineered floors will look fab and especially because they're on sale! I bet you're excited to get something other than concrete underfoot!

  3. We have some original glued-down flooring in the entryway of our 1995 slab-built 1-floor house. We replaced carpeted areas with floating engineered floors when we bought the house. Glued down floor on slab has a hard, solid, inflexible feel underfoot. The floating floor is slightly springy. The glued flooring is lower than the floating floor. Those are the only noticeable differences in our house.

    Neither of these floors are identical to genuine hardwood floors, but the finish is more resilient, and of course a hardwood floor can only be built on a wood subfloor (and is a lot more expensive to install). The quality of the finish, the quality of the manufacturing, use, and the hardness of the wood will determine wear characteristics. We're happy with the engineered floating flooring. The only parts I'm not completely happy with are the moldings that transition between flooring to tile or carpet. If you have these transitions, be very clear about what you expect.

    I hope you have flood insurance.

  4. Oh, darn. I was going to say take the $1200 you save and get granite in your kitchen instead! Well, can't wait to see the bamboo!


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