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Friday, April 4, 2008

Calling All Faithful Readers!

Well, okay, maybe only select readers; not because I don't love ALL OF YOU like stink, but because only some of you will be able to answer this question for me.

I know there is an "underground blog world" of those parents whose kids are special needs, and it's YOUR advice I need right now.

For those whose children are in wheelchairs or using walkers, what type of flooring do you have and are you satisfied with the durability?

We have decided to go ahead with the installation of either hardwood or laminate flooring this summer (we currently have carpet throughout, AND a sunken living room; both of these are non-wheelchair/walker friendly). I think that hardwood *looks* much nicer, but I'm afraid that it will be easily scratched by a wheelchair or walker. Laminate doesn't seem to scratch as easy, but any sort of liquid spill could cause it to 'bubble' (with the amount of snow Ellie's wheelchair or walker will see, I'm sure there'll be some residue left to melt on our floor).

Apparently the average Home Depot employee doesn't have a disabled person living with them, and has not a hot clue as to which of these flooring materials are more durable.

So, help me out here, people! Mucho thank you in advance!

5 comments:

Patyrish said...

Well we have tile in our kitchen and our living room (which connects to kitchen) is hardwood (laminate and no problems so far). The only carpeted rooms are the bedrooms and den. I like the hardwood laminate ALOT. We put it in ourselves (well Allen and his buddy did) and it was a rough job as they had NEVER done it before. I was not here but heard there was a lot of cussing and throwing things!

Tiling isnt so bad, I think the worst part of that is pulling up old linoleum.

Jane said...

Not that I have any clue about what would be best for you, but have you thought about a sealed concrete floor? My aunt and uncle have that in their basement. It looks great and, being concrete, I assume it's pretty durable.

Jane said...

Not that I have any clue about what would be best for you, but have you thought about a sealed concrete floor? My aunt and uncle have that in their basement. It looks great and, being concrete, I assume it's pretty durable.

Barbara said...

I can't comment as a parent but I can comment as someone who used a wheelchair, walker, crutches, cane on their floor. We had laminate flooring put in a few months before my car accident. We chose laminate because we were told it would be more durable with our dog running around. Well, it has been 2 years now and my floors look great. I no longer use my wheelchair or walker in the house but I did for months. I don't think hardwood would've held up as well.

Cori said...

I'm new to your blog and found you through Patyrish's blog. My daughter uses a wheelchair, Pacer gait trainer and is starting to use a walker now.......we have hardwood (not laminate) and I would love to rip it all out. Her "modes of transportation" have done a number on them. W have tile in our dining room which I love though.

Your daughter is just beautiful!!!