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  1. #1
    Goomba Guest

    Default Kitchen ReDo-Floors

    I've mentioned here that we're updating/improving our kitchen. We've
    ordered the cabinets and granite, and just purchased the new range (the
    top rated gas model listed in Consumer's Reports recently) and over the
    range microwave oven/hood. I'm looking for a bottom freezer refrigerator
    but we can live with the old one until I find the perfect appliance at
    the best price. Lighting changes and flooring are still undecided.

    I'd love to hear input from folks who have tile as to how they love or
    hate it? I currently have vinyl, but have had heated tile in the past. I
    was younger then so might have been less aware of problems, but am
    concerned with the "hardness" of the floor for comfort? I am getting
    older now (sob!) and don't want to find tile floors are ergodynamically
    poor choices down the road after standing in the kitchen for extended
    periods. I recall my mother explaining how good dance floors are wood
    and impact absorbing properties over hard cement floors that are more
    jarring to your body. Yet wood floors aren't too practical in kitchens,
    are they?? I'm also interested in linoleum as I keep reading that it
    might be fairly "green" as well as good cost.

    The floor choice would need to be practical for the kitchen, breakfast
    room, mud room, laundry room and guest bathroom. The rest of the
    downstairs is hardwood.

    Thanks for any input
    Goomba

  2. #2
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen ReDo-Floors

    Goomba <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > The floor choice would need to be practical for the kitchen, breakfast
    > room, mud room, laundry room and guest bathroom. The rest of the
    > downstairs is hardwood.
    >
    > Thanks for any input
    > Goomba


    I personally have no problem with vinyl, although the people on HGTV would
    cringe if you suggested it! If you like wood you might consider bamboo.

    Jill


  3. #3
    Giusi Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen ReDo-Floors

    "Goomba" <[email protected]> ha scritto nel messaggio
    news:[email protected]..
    > I've mentioned here that we're updating/improving our kitchen. We've
    > ordered the cabinets and granite, and just purchased the new range (the
    > top rated gas model listed in Consumer's Reports recently) and over the
    > range microwave oven/hood. I'm looking for a bottom freezer refrigerator
    > but we can live with the old one until I find the perfect appliance at the
    > best price. Lighting changes and flooring are still undecided.
    >
    > I'd love to hear input from folks who have tile as to how they love or
    > hate it? I currently have vinyl, but have had heated tile in the past. I
    > was younger then so might have been less aware of problems, but am
    > concerned with the "hardness" of the floor for comfort? I am getting older
    > now (sob!) and don't want to find tile floors are ergodynamically poor
    > choices down the road after standing in the kitchen for extended periods.
    > I recall my mother explaining how good dance floors are wood and impact
    > absorbing properties over hard cement floors that are more jarring to your
    > body. Yet wood floors aren't too practical in kitchens, are they?? I'm
    > also interested in linoleum as I keep reading that it might be fairly
    > "green" as well as good cost.
    >
    > The floor choice would need to be practical for the kitchen, breakfast
    > room, mud room, laundry room and guest bathroom. The rest of the
    > downstairs is hardwood.
    >
    > Thanks for any input
    > Goomba


    I have been blaming "the day after" backaches on my age, but lately I have
    been hearing much younger peiople claim it is the tile or stone floors we
    all have. Mind you, I don't experience it unless I have spent a 10 or 12
    hour day working, so who knows?

    If I were sure, then next kitchen I would use solid runner flooring, such as
    is used in airports. I'd consider bamboo, but my cutting board seems as
    hard as tile.



  4. #4
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen ReDo-Floors

    Goomba wrote:

    > I'd love to hear input from folks who have tile as to how they love or
    > hate it? I currently have vinyl, but have had heated tile in the past. I
    > was younger then so might have been less aware of problems, but am
    > concerned with the "hardness" of the floor for comfort? I am getting older
    > now (sob!) and don't want to find tile floors are ergodynamically poor
    > choices down the road after standing in the kitchen for extended periods.
    > I recall my mother explaining how good dance floors are wood and impact
    > absorbing properties over hard cement floors that are more jarring to your
    > body. Yet wood floors aren't too practical in kitchens, are they?? I'm
    > also interested in linoleum as I keep reading that it might be fairly
    > "green" as well as good cost.
    >
    > The floor choice would need to be practical for the kitchen, breakfast
    > room, mud room, laundry room and guest bathroom. The rest of the
    > downstairs is hardwood.
    >
    > Thanks for any input



    I recently wrote here that I'm looking into getting eucalyptus or cork
    flooring for my kitchen. Both are quite comfortable for long stretches of
    standing, and don't need a huge amount of maintenance. However, tile or
    linoleum would be much better for a mud room. Maybe you could have a hard
    floor in your kitchen and put down rubber mats to stand on when you're
    cooking; that's what many professional kitchens do.

    As I see it, the problem is that a breakfast room and guest bathroom are
    more "presentation" spaces, where the kitchen, mud room, and laundry room
    are more "industrial" spaces. If it were *me*, I'd have the same hardwood in
    the breakfast room as in the rest of the house, I'd have soft wood in the
    kitchen, I'd have tile in the guest bedroom, and I'd have painted concrete
    in the mud room and laundry room.

    Bob


  5. #5
    ChattyCathy Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen ReDo-Floors

    Goomba wrote:
    >
    > I'd love to hear input from folks who have tile as to how they love or
    > hate it?


    I have tile flooring in the kitchen (and most of the house). I like it. It
    looks good, is pretty hard wearing and if you spill something on it it's
    easy to clean up in two ticks. I haven't found it any harder on my
    back/legs than vinyl or hard wood in the kitchen (and I think I'm a tad
    older than you <grin>). But... if you don't have under-floor heating it can
    be a bit cold in winter.

    Another thing I will point out about tile floors tho' - be aware that if you
    drop any heavy cook-ware etc. on it in the kitchen the tiles may crack

    For instance, I have a marble mortar and pestle. I put the pestle down on
    the counter a bit too close to the edge when I was using it one day and I
    managed to 'bump' it, somehow. It subsequently "rolled off" the counter
    onto the tiles before I could catch it... I now have a (hairline) crack in
    two tiles, and I don't have any spares (the previous owners put the
    flooring in and didn't leave any 'extras')... It's not *that* noticeable,
    you have to look pretty closely - but *I* know it's there, and it annoys
    the heck outta me. However, it will mean replacing the whole
    kitchen/laundry floor to fix it because I cannot get the same
    design/pattern anymore, I've looked - sigh. I'm just not up for that at the
    moment. It's not just the expense, it's the inconvenience of having the
    kitchen 'out of action' while it's being re-done. So, if you do go for
    tile, may I suggest you get a few extras and keep them - just in case?
    --
    Cheers
    Chatty Cathy

    Egg tastes better when it's not on your face...

  6. #6
    Sheldon Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen ReDo-Floors

    On Jul 6, 4:37�am, Goomba <Goomb...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > I've mentioned here that we're updating/improving our kitchen. We've
    > ordered the cabinets and granite, and just purchased the new range (the
    > top rated gas model listed in Consumer's Reports recently) and over the
    > range microwave oven/hood. I'm looking for a bottom freezer refrigerator
    > but we can live with the old one until I find the perfect appliance at
    > the best price. Lighting changes and flooring are still undecided.
    >
    > I'd love to hear input from folks who have tile as to how they love or
    > hate it? I currently have vinyl, but have had heated tile in the past. I
    > was younger then so might have been less aware of problems, but am
    > concerned with the "hardness" of the floor for comfort? I am getting
    > older now (sob!) and don't want to find tile floors are ergodynamically
    > poor choices down the road after standing in the kitchen for extended
    > periods. I recall my mother explaining how good dance floors are wood
    > and impact absorbing properties over hard cement floors that are more
    > jarring to your body. Yet wood floors aren't too practical in kitchens,
    > are they?? �I'm also interested in linoleum as I keep reading that it
    > might be fairly "green" as well as good cost.
    >
    > The floor choice would need to be practical for the kitchen, breakfast
    > room, mud room, laundry room and guest bathroom. The rest of the
    > downstairs is hardwood.
    >
    > Thanks for any input
    > Goomba


    I love my hardwood (Brazilian cherry) kitchen floor... I have the same
    floor in a half bath and my laundry room too.. with the new space age
    sealers and cleaning systems moisture is not a problem. Whichever
    material make sure to have the floor installed full room/wall to wall,
    *before* cabinets/appliances go in, most especially if you choose
    tile.


  7. #7
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen ReDo-Floors

    jmcquown wrote:
    > Goomba <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >> The floor choice would need to be practical for the kitchen,
    >> breakfast room, mud room, laundry room and guest bathroom. The rest
    >> of the downstairs is hardwood.


    > I personally have no problem with vinyl, although the people on HGTV
    > would cringe if you suggested it!


    They put down vinyl tile often.

    nancy

  8. #8
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen ReDo-Floors

    Nancy Young <[email protected]> wrote:
    > jmcquown wrote:
    > > Goomba <[email protected]> wrote:
    > > >
    > > > The floor choice would need to be practical for the kitchen,
    > > > breakfast room, mud room, laundry room and guest bathroom. The
    > > > rest of the downstairs is hardwood.

    >
    > > I personally have no problem with vinyl, although the people on HGTV
    > > would cringe if you suggested it!

    >
    > They put down vinyl tile often.
    >
    > nancy


    I only see them rip it up and put down slate or something similar. I must
    be watching the wrong shows! And stainless appliances, UGH. As in, UGLY.
    Sorry, I just don't see the appeal.

    Jill


  9. #9
    Edwin Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen ReDo-Floors


    "Goomba" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > I've mentioned here that we're updating/improving our kitchen. We've
    > ordered the cabinets and granite, and just purchased the new range (the
    > top rated gas model listed in Consumer's Reports recently)


    What brand/model would that be?



    > I'd love to hear input from folks who have tile as to how they love or
    > hate it? I currently have vinyl, but have had heated tile in the past. I
    > was younger then so might have been less aware of problems, but am
    > concerned with the "hardness" of the floor for comfort? I am getting older
    > now (sob!) and don't want to find tile floors are ergodynamically poor
    > choices down the road after standing in the kitchen for extended periods.
    > I recall my mother explaining how good dance floors are wood and impact
    > absorbing properties over hard cement floors that are more jarring to your
    > body. Yet wood floors aren't too practical in kitchens, are they?? I'm
    > also interested in linoleum as I keep reading that it might be fairly
    > "green" as well as good cost.


    We put sheet vinyl in our kitchen about 10 years ago. Cleans easily, no
    seams, still looks good. It was the best bang for the buck at the time
    since is was a "spruce up" rather than a re-do.

    If cost was not a big consideration, I'd go with ceramic tile. We put down
    Italian quarry tile in our last kitchen and loved it. Never used more than
    a wet sponge mop to clean it and it always looked elegant. . It was a small
    kitchen so it was affordable.

    There are some wood products that may be worth checking out. It certainly
    looks good. I'm not up on the latest so it may be good to visit the
    flooring store for more information.



  10. #10
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen ReDo-Floors

    jmcquown wrote:
    > Nancy Young <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> jmcquown wrote:
    >>> Goomba <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>> The floor choice would need to be practical for the kitchen,
    >>>> breakfast room, mud room, laundry room and guest bathroom. The
    >>>> rest of the downstairs is hardwood.

    >>
    >>> I personally have no problem with vinyl, although the people on HGTV
    >>> would cringe if you suggested it!

    >>
    >> They put down vinyl tile often.


    > I only see them rip it up and put down slate or something similar. I
    > must be watching the wrong shows! And stainless appliances, UGH. As
    > in, UGLY. Sorry, I just don't see the appeal.


    I don't know what they think of it, they are putting in what sells.
    People like it. It's not for me.

    nancy

  11. #11
    enigma Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen ReDo-Floors

    Goomba <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:6dbeiuF1ovg7U1@mid.individual.net:

    > I'd love to hear input from folks who have tile as to how
    > they love or hate it? I currently have vinyl, but have had
    > heated tile in the past. I was younger then so might have
    > been less aware of problems, but am concerned with the
    > "hardness" of the floor for comfort? I am getting older now
    > (sob!) and don't want to find tile floors are
    > ergodynamically poor choices down the road after standing
    > in the kitchen for extended periods. I recall my mother
    > explaining how good dance floors are wood and impact
    > absorbing properties over hard cement floors that are more
    > jarring to your body. Yet wood floors aren't too practical
    > in kitchens, are they?? I'm also interested in linoleum as
    > I keep reading that it might be fairly "green" as well as
    > good cost.
    >
    > The floor choice would need to be practical for the
    > kitchen, breakfast room, mud room, laundry room and guest
    > bathroom. The rest of the downstairs is hardwood.


    i have ceramic tile. i HATE it! it's hard. it's ugly (ceramic
    scratches fairly easily. we have a farm, & the side door
    enters into the kitchen, so mud & sand are constantly tracked
    in). it's noisy. it's freaking *cold*! it's really hard to
    clean, which surprised me. i figured it'd be tougher than
    vinyl & just sweep clean. wrong! it's almost as easy to
    scratch as vinyl & the grout joints collect dirt & stain
    really easily. i'm not sure exactly how old my ceramic floor
    is, but the grout is cracking &/or falling out in a lot of
    places (granted it's laid right over a wide pine floor with no
    underlayment or levelling). did i say i HATE it? it's going to
    be a pain in the butt to get rid of it too.
    when i redo the kitchen i'll put in real linoleum. it's
    comfortable, way warmer than tile, & easier to clean (no
    joints, no cracks, no grout). then i'll get a Scooba

    BTW, if you find a bottom freezer fridge that *doesn't* have
    a drawer freezer, let me know. those drawers are just plain
    useless.
    lee

    --
    Last night while sitting in my chair
    I pinged a host that wasn't there
    It wasn't there again today
    The host resolved to NSA.

  12. #12
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen ReDo-Floors

    On Sun 06 Jul 2008 04:51:35a, ChattyCathy told us...

    > Goomba wrote:
    >>
    >> I'd love to hear input from folks who have tile as to how they love or
    >> hate it?

    >
    > I have tile flooring in the kitchen (and most of the house). I like it.
    > It looks good, is pretty hard wearing and if you spill something on it
    > it's easy to clean up in two ticks. I haven't found it any harder on my
    > back/legs than vinyl or hard wood in the kitchen (and I think I'm a tad
    > older than you <grin>). But... if you don't have under-floor heating it
    > can be a bit cold in winter.
    >
    > Another thing I will point out about tile floors tho' - be aware that if
    > you drop any heavy cook-ware etc. on it in the kitchen the tiles may
    > crack
    >
    > For instance, I have a marble mortar and pestle. I put the pestle down
    > on the counter a bit too close to the edge when I was using it one day
    > and I managed to 'bump' it, somehow. It subsequently "rolled off" the
    > counter onto the tiles before I could catch it... I now have a
    > (hairline) crack in two tiles, and I don't have any spares (the previous
    > owners put the flooring in and didn't leave any 'extras')... It's not
    > *that* noticeable, you have to look pretty closely - but *I* know it's
    > there, and it annoys the heck outta me. However, it will mean replacing
    > the whole kitchen/laundry floor to fix it because I cannot get the same
    > design/pattern anymore, I've looked - sigh. I'm just not up for that at
    > the moment. It's not just the expense, it's the inconvenience of having
    > the kitchen 'out of action' while it's being re-done. So, if you do go
    > for tile, may I suggest you get a few extras and keep them - just in
    > case?


    What color is your tile, Cathy? In a previous home in Ohio, we had an
    almond color ceramic tile put down by the previous owner, with no spares on
    hand. There were a couple of tiles that had hairline cracks and a couple
    that had tiny chips in them which revealed the darker color below the
    almond glaze. I bought a bottle of almond colored appliance touch up
    paint. Working very quickly I used a tiny brush to force the paint into
    the cracks and chips, quickly wiping all excess off the surface. They
    damages were virtually invisible unless you were down on your knees looking
    for them. Something to consider.

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
    -------------------------------------------
    Sunday, 07(VII)/06(VI)/08(MMVIII)
    -------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------
    Cats must drag dirty socks up from the
    basement in the middle of the night.
    -------------------------------------------




  13. #13
    Sarah Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen ReDo-Floors


    "Goomba" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > I've mentioned here that we're updating/improving our kitchen. We've
    > ordered the cabinets and granite, and just purchased the new range (the
    > top rated gas model listed in Consumer's Reports recently) and over the
    > range microwave oven/hood. I'm looking for a bottom freezer refrigerator
    > but we can live with the old one until I find the perfect appliance at the
    > best price. Lighting changes and flooring are still undecided.
    >
    > I'd love to hear input from folks who have tile as to how they love or
    > hate it? I currently have vinyl, but have had heated tile in the past. I
    > was younger then so might have been less aware of problems, but am
    > concerned with the "hardness" of the floor for comfort? I am getting older
    > now (sob!) and don't want to find tile floors are ergodynamically poor
    > choices down the road after standing in the kitchen for extended periods.
    > I recall my mother explaining how good dance floors are wood and impact
    > absorbing properties over hard cement floors that are more jarring to your
    > body. Yet wood floors aren't too practical in kitchens, are they?? I'm
    > also interested in linoleum as I keep reading that it might be fairly
    > "green" as well as good cost.
    >
    > The floor choice would need to be practical for the kitchen, breakfast
    > room, mud room, laundry room and guest bathroom. The rest of the
    > downstairs is hardwood.
    >
    > Thanks for any input
    > Goomba


    Goomba, if your stood on hard floors all day in a hospital you may not find
    any difference or real problems when at home.
    On the other hand, all day at work on hard floors, then having them at home
    as well could be the straw that broke the camels back!
    If I were you I'd go for tiles, and wear crocs when I felt the floor was
    taking its tole!


    Sarah


  14. #14
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen ReDo-Floors

    On Sun 06 Jul 2008 05:37:30a, Nancy Young told us...

    > jmcquown wrote:
    >> Nancy Young <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>> jmcquown wrote:
    >>>> Goomba <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>>>
    >>>>> The floor choice would need to be practical for the kitchen,
    >>>>> breakfast room, mud room, laundry room and guest bathroom. The rest
    >>>>> of the downstairs is hardwood.
    >>>
    >>>> I personally have no problem with vinyl, although the people on HGTV
    >>>> would cringe if you suggested it!
    >>>
    >>> They put down vinyl tile often.

    >
    >> I only see them rip it up and put down slate or something similar. I
    >> must be watching the wrong shows! And stainless appliances, UGH. As
    >> in, UGLY. Sorry, I just don't see the appeal.

    >
    > I don't know what they think of it, they are putting in what sells.
    > People like it. It's not for me.
    >
    > nancy
    >


    Nor me. I have black appliances. SS seems cold and industrial, not to
    mention a bitch to keep in pristine condition.

    --
    Wayne Boatwright
    -------------------------------------------
    Sunday, 07(VII)/06(VI)/08(MMVIII)
    -------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------
    'We're not making this up just so we
    can take over the world!' - Brain
    -------------------------------------------




  15. #15
    Billy Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen ReDo-Floors

    On Sun, 06 Jul 2008 13:09:21 GMT, Wayne Boatwright
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I have black appliances.


    So..what's your secret to keeping them spotless?
    I have two black dishwashers on either side of the sink and they
    always need maintainence.

  16. #16
    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen ReDo-Floors

    Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]>
    news:[email protected] 6.120: in
    rec.food.cooking

    > On Sun 06 Jul 2008 04:51:35a, ChattyCathy told us...
    >
    >> Goomba wrote:
    >>>
    >>> I'd love to hear input from folks who have tile as to how they love
    >>> or hate it?

    >>
    >> I have tile flooring in the kitchen (and most of the house). I like
    >> it. It looks good, is pretty hard wearing and if you spill something
    >> on it it's easy to clean up in two ticks. I haven't found it any
    >> harder on my back/legs than vinyl or hard wood in the kitchen (and I
    >> think I'm a tad older than you <grin>). But... if you don't have
    >> under-floor heating it can be a bit cold in winter.
    >>
    >> Another thing I will point out about tile floors tho' - be aware that
    >> if you drop any heavy cook-ware etc. on it in the kitchen the tiles
    >> may crack


    <snip for space>

    Our porcelain is so patterned (dark) that I don't think you could tell if
    there was a crack in it or not. We'll see. This is my first experience
    with a tile floor. We have a couple of boxes of "extras" if we need to
    make repairs. Our old floor was linoleum and the kitchen floors in the
    condos were parquet. It'll be interesting to see what happens as time
    wears on.

    >
    > What color is your tile, Cathy? In a previous home in Ohio, we had an
    > almond color ceramic tile put down by the previous owner, with no
    > spares on hand. There were a couple of tiles that had hairline cracks
    > and a couple that had tiny chips in them which revealed the darker
    > color below the almond glaze. I bought a bottle of almond colored
    > appliance touch up paint. Working very quickly I used a tiny brush to
    > force the paint into the cracks and chips, quickly wiping all excess
    > off the surface. They damages were virtually invisible unless you
    > were down on your knees looking for them. Something to consider.


    I am "told" that the porcelain we bought is harder than traditional
    ceramic tile. My brother also has porcelain in his kitchen. He loves
    it. He did say that anything you drop on the floor will most likely get
    broken.

    Michael


    --
    Best license plate seen in a long time.

    ~ S CARGO ~

    To email - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

  17. #17
    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

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    Wayne Boatwright <[email protected]>
    news:[email protected] 6.120: in
    rec.food.cooking

    > Nor me. I have black appliances. SS seems cold and industrial, not to
    > mention a bitch to keep in pristine condition.


    A lot of people like SS appliances. I don't think it's for us either. We
    chose white. We might have made a mistake with the refrigerator. It's a
    pretty tight squeeze in the space we have it in.

    Michael



    --
    Best license plate seen in a long time.

    ~ S CARGO ~

    To email - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

  18. #18
    Pete C. Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen ReDo-Floors


    Goomba wrote:
    >
    > I've mentioned here that we're updating/improving our kitchen. We've
    > ordered the cabinets and granite, and just purchased the new range (the
    > top rated gas model listed in Consumer's Reports recently) and over the
    > range microwave oven/hood. I'm looking for a bottom freezer refrigerator
    > but we can live with the old one until I find the perfect appliance at
    > the best price. Lighting changes and flooring are still undecided.
    >
    > I'd love to hear input from folks who have tile as to how they love or
    > hate it? I currently have vinyl, but have had heated tile in the past. I
    > was younger then so might have been less aware of problems, but am
    > concerned with the "hardness" of the floor for comfort? I am getting
    > older now (sob!) and don't want to find tile floors are ergodynamically
    > poor choices down the road after standing in the kitchen for extended
    > periods. I recall my mother explaining how good dance floors are wood
    > and impact absorbing properties over hard cement floors that are more
    > jarring to your body. Yet wood floors aren't too practical in kitchens,
    > are they?? I'm also interested in linoleum as I keep reading that it
    > might be fairly "green" as well as good cost.
    >
    > The floor choice would need to be practical for the kitchen, breakfast
    > room, mud room, laundry room and guest bathroom. The rest of the
    > downstairs is hardwood.
    >
    > Thanks for any input
    > Goomba


    Very simply, pick whatever looks best to you. Pretty much all materials
    are just fine in kitchens these days, including wood.

    When wood floors were finished with waxes and whatnot they didn't do
    well in kitchens, but with modern polyurethane finishes they do fine
    unless you are in the habit of keeping an inch of standing water in your
    kitchen.

    I have tile in my current kitchen, had vinyl in a previous one and
    linoleum in one before that and all of them have been just fine.

    As for "green", most everything buy vinyl is pretty "green". Wood and
    bamboo are renewable, tile is natural materials, and linoleum is mostly
    sawdust and linseed oil.

  19. #19
    Janet Baraclough Guest

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    The message <[email protected]>
    from Goomba <[email protected]> contains these words:

    > I've mentioned here that we're updating/improving our kitchen. We've
    > ordered the cabinets and granite, and just purchased the new range (the
    > top rated gas model listed in Consumer's Reports recently) and over the
    > range microwave oven/hood. I'm looking for a bottom freezer refrigerator
    > but we can live with the old one until I find the perfect appliance at
    > the best price. Lighting changes and flooring are still undecided.


    > I'd love to hear input from folks who have tile as to how they love or
    > hate it? I currently have vinyl, but have had heated tile in the past. I
    > was younger then so might have been less aware of problems, but am
    > concerned with the "hardness" of the floor for comfort? I am getting
    > older now (sob!) and don't want to find tile floors are ergodynamically
    > poor choices down the road after standing in the kitchen for extended
    > periods. I recall my mother explaining how good dance floors are wood
    > and impact absorbing properties over hard cement floors that are more
    > jarring to your body. Yet wood floors aren't too practical in kitchens,
    > are they?? I'm also interested in linoleum as I keep reading that it
    > might be fairly "green" as well as good cost.


    > The floor choice would need to be practical for the kitchen, breakfast
    > room, mud room, laundry room and guest bathroom. The rest of the
    > downstairs is hardwood.


    I had quarry tile in the last kitchen. Hard underfoot, cool in
    summer, anything you drop will break, Great to clean; they will
    withstand any amount of boiling water and scrubbing and respond very
    well to a quick wet mop. . Tiring to stand on for hours, but hey, a
    small cheap washable rug is okay. Can be slippery when wet.

    The current kitchen has very beautiful (original) sanded stained
    sealed wooden floors. I know from experience several houses ago that
    one day I will have to resand and reseal the surface. Warm and comfy
    underfoot, easy to clean, marks and wounds but look characterful.

    Linoleum IS green AND warm AND clean AND very comfy underfoot AND
    totally waterproof but not slippy AND kind to dropped dishes and you
    can get a huge range of colours, patterns etc. It's very. very
    hardwearing, far superior to vinyl. We laid and fitted sheet linoleum
    in a bathroom and as a pretty skilled DIY pair, I can tell you we will
    never DIY that job again., at least, not unless I want grounds for
    divorce . If a large pot of money comes my way, I would love to get the
    entire kitchen laid with linoleum..by someone else.

    Janet

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    ChattyCathy Guest

    Default Re: Kitchen ReDo-Floors

    Wayne Boatwright wrote:

    >
    > What color is your tile, Cathy? In a previous home in Ohio, we had an
    > almond color ceramic tile put down by the previous owner, with no spares
    > on
    > hand. There were a couple of tiles that had hairline cracks and a couple
    > that had tiny chips in them which revealed the darker color below the
    > almond glaze. I bought a bottle of almond colored appliance touch up
    > paint. Working very quickly I used a tiny brush to force the paint into
    > the cracks and chips, quickly wiping all excess off the surface. They
    > damages were virtually invisible unless you were down on your knees
    > looking
    > for them. Something to consider.
    >


    Wayne,

    Our tiles in the kitchen/laundry have a sort of very light 'peachy'
    background color with patches/swirls(?) of various shades of brown in them.
    We did fill in the crack with some grouting (if that's what it's called?)
    that we tried to make the same color as the main part of the tile with some
    coloring - but like I said it still shows if you look closely. Irritates
    the cr*p outta me, because the previous owners left a whole bunch of other
    useless stuff behind in the yard and they only picked up some of it - sigh.
    A couple of spare tiles would have been a god-send, but I never thought to
    ask if they had any before they left... silly me.
    --
    Cheers
    Chatty Cathy

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