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Sindhu

07:35AM | 12/02/03
Member Since: 12/01/03
3 lifetime posts
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We purchased an old home recently. It's a big house but the kitchen is ally like and dark with less lighting, to add on, they have dark grey tiles on the floor. since the rest of the hosuse has hard wood floors I want to put some thing on top of tile flooring with out removing the tiles to match with rest of the floors and to give a brighter look for the kitchen. I suggested laminate, but the contractor said that will raise the floor by few inches since we are not removing the tile. My question is what is the best option to cover these tiles to give a wooden look and with out damaging the tiles underneath. The cabinets are white with oak groove handles and counter top is white corian and Appliances are black.

Floorcraft

08:30AM | 12/02/03
Member Since: 08/27/03
255 lifetime posts
A floating floor like a laminate or hardwood would help keep the tiles intact, but theres the height issue. New vinyl would be a good floor with little height difference, but it will ruin the old tiles.
what kind of tiles are they? ceramic?

Sindhu

08:44AM | 12/02/03
Member Since: 12/01/03
3 lifetime posts
Dark grey coloured ceramic tiles. I wouldn't have bothered if it was some light coloured tiles which will light up the kitchen. My choices are now some thing that gives a wooden look( laminate or vinyl- not sure whether a vinyl with wooden look is available) or big white/beige ceramic tiles. Again it doesn't make sense to rip of the existing tiles and install new tiles just for the looks I feel. I am not sure what will be a value add to the house ceramic tiles or laminate. If I go with my choice of laminate which will match with rest of the house, is it possible to cover up the difference in floor level with some thing like a brass finsihed slope?

Floorcraft

09:37AM | 12/02/03
Member Since: 08/27/03
255 lifetime posts
There are wood type vinyls some look good some cheesy. Value is usually added with tile or real wood, but I would argue that laminate is making good headway in adding value over carpet thats for sure. There are ramps you can get that will help with the slope. I dont know of a metal but I know of rubber slopes that can be used if you think that will look nice. They come in hundreds of colors.
is the only reason the height will not work is because of the slope, or will the fridge, stove, dishwasher still fit?

Sindhu

09:47AM | 12/02/03
Member Since: 12/01/03
3 lifetime posts
It might look little awkward if there is too much height difference..no other problem
Looks like I will go with laminate. In that case is there any thing I can do to minimize height difference and damage to tiles? whether to use glue or not? Any laminates which doesn't use harmful adhesives? Also which are the good brands of laminates available?

carpetman

04:17PM | 12/02/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
549 lifetime posts
have you concidered painting the tiles? talk to the best paint store in town (the one the pros use)i know this can be done,however i have not done it myself.....good luck

Floorcraft

06:46AM | 12/03/03
Member Since: 08/27/03
255 lifetime posts
Use a standard pad with the laminate, it is the thinnest, and look for Wilsonart. It has great durability without it being incredibly thick, although there is something to be said for a thick core.
Most laminates are all click now, so no worries on the glue.
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