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Recommendations for kitchen flooring
We need to upgrade our kitchen and are stymied in deciding
about flooring. Currently we have what I believe is a vinyl
product. It buckles, scratches and dents. We are thinking
either wood or bamboo. Our kitchen is about 12X17 and there
are only two of us; no babies or small children. I'd
appreciate some guidance. Thanks. Not yet floored.
I know it's not something you mentioned considering yet. but
we LOVE our kitchen's cork floor. After a fair amount of
research, we used Expanko. It's been over six years now, and
we have no regrets.
http://www.expanko.com/CORK/products-CORK.html If you'd like
to see it in our Albany home, let me know!
When we remodelled our kitchen we installed oak flooring.
Several years later our dishwasher overflowed water onto the
floor and ruined it. We replaced it with Marmoleum-the new
term for the original linoleum. Great stuff. Take a look
when you consider the options. Roger
Much as I love the look of wood flooring, I shy away from
using it in Kitchens. However, since you have no babies or
small children it will probably hold up fine in your house.
All woods get dented when you drop pots on them. Bamboo
will hold up fine, but there are a lot of choices.
Engineered flooring is the most dimensionally stable. Make
sure it's tongue-and-groove. A top-nailed floor is
definitely not recommended. . Andus H Brandt, Architect
We have cork in the kitchen and would recommend it. We have
the burl-looking pattern, and it hides all dirt amazingly
well. It is fairly 'soft', so it hides dents and cuts (knife
drops) well. Our floor we installed ourselves--snap together
tiles--and after eight years it is still looking good and
holding up well. Haven't had an issue with water either.
Bryan in oakland
Recommendations for kitchen floor materials?
I would like to have recommendations for kitchen floor materials. I'm
wood or tile or ? Any success stories? Thanks. Barbara
My husband and I have just gone through the whole debate on what to
our kitchen floor. We had originally thought we would put down
keep costs down) but couldn't find anything we liked, and the few
we did like actually turned out to be incredibly expensive. We
Pergo (or something like it) but our kitchen floor slopes and we were
therefore warned that the material would buckle. From there we
hardwood floors (which actually turned out to be cheaper than the
or the Pergo), but we heard a lot of people complain about scratches,
damage, and food stains. If you do use hardwood, make sure to get an
based finish (not a water based finish) on the floor so that you
water damage. Our contractor swears that hardwood in a kitchen works
and we've also met other people who are really happy with their
Our concern was that it would start to look worn down (particularly
doorways) and that we would have to maintain it fairly often. We
decided to go with tile because it seemed to be the most durable
we found that it would only be about $200 more than the hardwood. The
biggest selling point for us was on the maintenance - it's really
take care of. The downsides, of course, are that it's supposedly
your feet and back and it's probably not as child-friendly as the
I don't have any data yet for you on how it's going since the tile
just started on our house today. If you do opt for tile, there's a
place called Italics in Emeryville that sells beautiful Italian tile
reasonably priced. Good luck!
We just put linoleum in our kitchen because we have a period house.
Marmoleum is quite beautiful, and is somewhat natural as well. It is
"soft" which is good for babies, and easy to keep clean.
I'm hoping to find a local store or artist that
carries/makes floor cloths, or floor canvases - like area
rugs but made from canvas that's painted and then varnished
so it looks pretty but will protect a softwood floor under
the kitchen table. I'd love any recommendations. Prefer
local, but all great suggestions are welcome. Feel free to
email me directly.
Oh, maybe this goes without saying but we're not looking to
spend a whole ton of $$...
Thanks very much,
One of the artisans at the Sawtooth Building on 8th and
Dwight in west Berkeley creates beautiful floor cloths like
you desrcibe. Her name is Janet Lee Smith, I would love to
own one of her designs. Jane
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