12:33PM | 02/09/02
Member Since: 07/10/01
2 lifetime posts
We are remodeling our kitchen and are debating whether to use oak floors or ceramic tile. I think that wood and water don't mix. It looks great but after a few years the high traffic areas and around the water areas will need to be redone. My wife says that the grout will get dirty. Anybody have some experience and/or opinions on the subject.

Jay J

08:30AM | 02/10/02
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi Mieram,

I only have opinions. If you want ceramic tile, you MUST have a floor that doesn't bounce. It must be SOLID. I don't like them because they're cold. I'd only do it if I installed a Warm Floor System at the same time. And if you drop anything on them, the item will either break or chip the tile, or both.

RE: Hardwood in the kitchen - I don't suggest it for the reasons you stated. In addition, the kitchen gets an AWFUL lot of wear. Believe me, you'll need 'runners' on the floor to keep it from showing excessive wear-and-tear.

So, I recommend sheet vinyl. It's 'flexible', not too cold underfoot, is less expensive to install AND maintain, and shows wear very well. I suggest a vinly that's like Armstrong's Solarium. It has a 'wear layer' built in it. All this means is that as the floor wears, the 'pattern' will show through. (The patterns is NOT just 'painted' on the surface - It's embedded a bit into the vinyl.)

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: GOd Bless AMerica!


07:58AM | 02/11/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I agree with J. The kitchen is one place where you do a lot of standing, and ceramic tile is literally hard as rock. It'll kill your feet. And it's cold in winter. Fine for bathrooms and certain other areas only.


12:05PM | 02/11/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Mieram,
Allow me to enter my two cents worth. If you've read any of my answers, you'll know I do not like linoleum flooring. My suggestion is to use a resilient tile. The commercial grade ( like you see in stores) is tough as nails, easy to install and will last 20 years or more. Moreover, it retails for about .70 cents per square foot. There many colors to choose from. If you go to elaborate design, it gets more expensive. However, if you want a floor that will hold up, that is my preference.
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