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Help! I got beautiful cherry laminate floors throughout the house a year ago. I've had water leaks 3 times since then that ruined parts of the floor. Replaced with tile in the kitchen, fixed the eating area. Eating area needs to be fixed again. My question is this: should I fix it again at a cost of $750 (3rd time) or just replace all of the flooring with wood look vinyl planks at a cost of about $3,000 and be done with it? Thanks.
 
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I understand the water problem in the kitchen but why in the eating area? How likely is it to happen again? Three times in a year is a lot. Really a lot.

Make sure you have the water problem fixed before you do anything with the floor. The vinyl planks do take water better and are easy to install.
 
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The furnace/air conditioner is on the other side of the eating area wall. Drain backed up. It may never happen again. Guess I'm just scared now. If I fix the floor again, I've spent almost as much money as replacing the floor but not sure if I would like the vinyl. It does look like wood though.
 
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Forgot to add, first leak was a broken hose in the attic from the water softener, second leak was broken drain pipe under sink, third was the A/C. House was built in 1970 so I guess pipes are wearing out.
 
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I have vinyl plank in one house and laminate in the other house. I picked these rather than the popular wood because of the dog and they both hold up well. Both of the floors have their pros and cons.

If you can repair the floor I would do that. You like the floor and it is cheaper. Just my opinion.
 
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Hi, has anyone tried to paint over vinyl floring? It is in good shape just ugly and i"m cheap. What kind of paint?
 
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Qfroggi, this is a separate question and you should start a new post. You might get more answers that way.

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Metwo, what do you like & dislike about the vinyl planks? They look like wood don't they? I think we are going to fix the floors again BUT if they get wet again, they're gone!
 
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Well, let me see. Pro: they do look like wood to some people (not to me but neither does laminate), they are easy to wash and you don't have to worry if water is spilled. They also come in a tile design. It is easy to install. Easier than the laminate was.
Con: they do occasionally show streaks from the dog nails but they usually wash out. If they don't you have to use a special solution and 3M pad and be on your hands and knees. You have to be sure to roll it carefully. I've had some lifting at the walls in the angled hall. The Home Depot product had a chemical smell that bothered me for a few months. It never bothered my husband but I have allergies. Time and open windows made the smell go.

Does that help at all?
 
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Yes, that very helpful. Thank you!
 
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