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How to select a kitchen floor

August 29, 2008
Provided by eHow
There are several different types of floors that are popular for kitchens. They include vinyl, ceramic tile, hardwood and stained concrete. Examine your lifestyle and the decor in the rest of your home, then consult the steps below to help you select a kitchen floor that suits your home.

¯Determine whether vinyl is the right selection for a kitchen floor in your home. This material is the least expensive product available for kitchen flooring. Vinyl damages more easily (ripping, tearing and gouging) than harder floors. A family with children may have better luck with ceramic tile.

¯Decide on ceramic tile for the kitchen floor, and you will live with the most durable of materials available. Take one afternoon class at a home improvement store, and you will be able to install a ceramic tile floor by yourself. There is a huge variety of ceramic tile on the market.

¯Hire a professional to install a hardwood floor in the kitchen. It is more difficult to install than tile, especially if it is not the pre-finished variety. Hardwood flooring has a little more “give” than tile or vinyl when you stand on it for any length of time. Many flooring experts do not recommend hardwood in the kitchen because it can warp and stain in a room where water is used and allowed to stand on it for any length of time.

¯Choose stained concrete for the kitchen floor as one of the newest and most popular looks. This type of floor should be professionally installed and stained. It is not indestructible and will scratch fairly easily, such as when chairs at a kitchen table are pushed in and out.

Fact Box

¯Purchase enough material — hardwood, tile or vinyl — if you are installing the kitchen floor yourself. It will be hard to match product if you don’t buy it all at the same time.
¯Buy a kitchen floor mat, regardless of the material used. Your legs and feet will love you for giving them a little cushion while cooking.
¯If you want the kitchen floor to be a focal point, don’t choose a hardwood floor that blends with the kitchen cabinets.
¯Concrete floors are hard on the legs if you spend much time cooking.



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