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    Has anyone used anything other than ceramic tile for flooring with success?
    We are looking to redo a large area and are seeking other alternatives.
    If possible, we would like to continue with one type of floor onto the terrace which gets weather...
    Any thoughts or suggestions are as always much appreciated..

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    We tried to use some natural local products in our home.

    We have used laja/flagstone in most outside areas and driveway. It comes in many colors and we had the morter tinted to blend the stones. We put on couple of coats of a clear sealer, but is not needed. Also did the same in a couple of showers. Much less slippery with wet feet.

    Unpolished granite in the formal master bath No slipping. Imported and expensive.

    Coral "stone", coralina (?) is nice and you can find some slight color differences. Most people fill in all the natural holes with a matching morter, we did not. 2 coats of sealer can be applied if desired. Again, a low slipping factor compaired to glazed tiles.

    You could also look at unglazed tiles and bricks.

    Good luck, Ringo

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    Cemento polido is nice... You can choose yellow, red or blue... It is "polished cement"...

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    Thanks I love the laja for outside, but are hoping that someone has used a wood type product, a floating floor I believe it is called. Anyone heard of or used this type of flooring here? Would like to try something different inside rather than ceramic tile, if it is not cost prohibitive or slippery....

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    We are looking at doing a formal dining room with wood floors. I have seen a couple in other houses. Told that a plywood sub is laid first. Most of the wood would be imported, depending on what you want. Non-slip finish should not be a problem. Problem is having the house cleaner NOT flood it with water. Heavey walk patterns will show quickly.

    The wood needs to be seasoned/dryed and best to let sit for a while, covered, at your place.

    Anyone know of a good hardwood in the D.R.?

    Regards, Ringo
    Last edited by Ringo; 04-16-2008 at 05:51 PM. Reason: Added info

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    cemento polido, i agree with squat, it is cheap, after all it is only cement, good way to cover large area. it is really nice when done right, nice inlaid (marble) tile border and some sort of tile (marble) mosaic in the middle and at entryway. i saw the work of two guys that were flown in from portugal to do a job. they did a fish mosaic, nice, nice, nice. most all good dominican masons cut their baby teeth doing these floors so you don't need guys from portugal. they will wonder why the rich gringo wants a poor man's floor though. needs to be sloped just right or you will get puddles. you can also add white to the color list which really is a nice touch..............

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    polished concrete is the way to go if you are looking for a different look. In order to enhance the look so it doesn't look like a typical cemento polido floor, I would suggets either a mechanical high speed polishing or some high gloss sealer. It will make your floor look like a mirror.

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    Spicedwine, I would not suggest a floating wood floor. The moisture content in the air is too much for this thin stock material. Basically it's veneer. Interior wood floors should not exceed 4% moisture content.

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    Tambien, anyone heard of termites?? They LOVE wood floors. And they are everywhere in the DR.

    Trouble is they eat everything just up to the surface,and then stop, so you don't see any damage until part of the surface crumbles. You can trench and drench the slab every few years, but it doesn't seem to stop them, just slows them down.

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    Certain types of wood is termite proof. Bugs do not eat it. For instance heartwood. http://www.foshlaninc.com/knowledgeb...od%20Facts.pdf

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