Kitchen Floors

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  • Which kitchen floor?

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    My wife and I will be starting to remodel our kitchen in April and one of the important choices we must make is the type of floor covering to use. We are thinking of choosing marmoleum or possibly luxury vinyl planks. We know the former has the color all the way through the material whereas the latter has a thin veneer. We are concerned that the LVP might show wear patterns over time next to the counters which receive a lot of food prep. We would very much appreciate knowing the pros and cons of these two materials from those who have used or are currently using them. Comments on other types of flooring are also welcome. Many thanks.

    RE: Which kitchen floor? ()

    We have Marmoleum Click flooring that's about a decade old. It unfortunately has not worn well, and we would not put it in again. It has a ton of gouges and scratches from typical dog and kid wear-and-tear, and has discolored in areas where we've had mats or furniture. I have no idea how it compares to vinyl, though. We eventually plan to replace it with tile or wood. Pros were its environmental footprint and the fact that it is warm and things that are dropped more or less bounce off of it. But they don't outweigh the downsides for our family. Friends have had somewhat better luck with sheet Marmoleum (but with no kids in the mix, which I'm sure helps). 

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    We have the “luxury vinyl plank” throughout our house and we love it!  I don’t recall the brand, but it’s just an inexpensive one from Home Depot.  It has stood up extremely well - even through my frequent furniture re-arrangements, our active dog and my elderly cat that throws up fairly frequently. I love being able to slide heavy furniture into a new location, with no fear of scratches on the floor. We have a light gray’ish brown color that hides the dirt well and is very low maintenance - I just vacuum the high-traffic areas every few days with a light cordless vacuum and our housekeeper mops it thoroughly once a month.  I doubt that I’ll ever go back to real wood floors again...

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    After 15 years, we still love our high quality Cork Tile floors. LOVE that it's quiet; won't shatter things when they fall; easy on the feet when I spend a lot of time cooking, etc.  There are a few little nicks in it from falling knives (oops!), but it's barely noticeable (the cork is the same color all the way through) & doesn't affect function at all. We don't have pets or small kids (but did have tweens, teens, and now young adults).  It's probably faded a little over the years, but evenly. 

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Recommendations for kitchen flooring

May 2012

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. If you'd like to see it in our Albany home, let me know! rk
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

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Recommendations for kitchen floor materials?

Dec 1999

I would like to have recommendations for kitchen floor materials. I'm thinking either wood or tile or ? Any success stories? Thanks. Barbara

My husband and I have just gone through the whole debate on what to put on our kitchen floor. We had originally thought we would put down linoleum (to keep costs down) but couldn't find anything we liked, and the few patterns we did like actually turned out to be incredibly expensive. We thought about Pergo (or something like it) but our kitchen floor slopes and we were therefore warned that the material would buckle. From there we thought about hardwood floors (which actually turned out to be cheaper than the linoleum or the Pergo), but we heard a lot of people complain about scratches, water damage, and food stains. If you do use hardwood, make sure to get an oil based finish (not a water based finish) on the floor so that you minimize water damage. Our contractor swears that hardwood in a kitchen works fine, and we've also met other people who are really happy with their hardwood. Our concern was that it would start to look worn down (particularly near the doorways) and that we would have to maintain it fairly often. We finally decided to go with tile because it seemed to be the most durable surface and 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 easy to take care of. The downsides, of course, are that it's supposedly harder on your feet and back and it's probably not as child-friendly as the hardwood. I don't have any data yet for you on how it's going since the tile installer just started on our house today. If you do opt for tile, there's a wonderful place called Italics in Emeryville that sells beautiful Italian tile very reasonably priced. Good luck! Jana
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 also soft which is good for babies, and easy to keep clean. Hilary

ISO floor cloth or floor canvas for kitchen

Feb 2012

Hi all, 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, Carol

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