Floors

A decorative hardwood floor

Kitchen Remodeling For Dummies has released a list of the top flooring manufacturers. After analyzing available research from various investigative organizations this list was compiled. The following top floor manufacturers have been given high marks for durability, frugal expense, ease of installation, and resistance to fading in sunlight.

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An old and new kitchen floor side by side

Choosing to Remove the Old Flooring- Or Not

You may not need to gut back to the subfloor when you take out the old flooring. In fact, old tiles, linoleum, and even sheet flooring can be difficult and sometimes impossible to remove without damaging the subfloor.

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A Synthetic kitchen floor

Synthetic flooring

You may hear people refer to synthetic wood flooring as Pergo, which is actually one brand-name that’s commonly used as a term for the entire synthetic flooring category. Sort of like asking for a Kleenex when what you really want is a tissue.

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Wood floors in a decorated kitchen

Keeping it real with wood- Or going synthetic

If you’re looking for added warmth, both actual and aesthetic, consider a real (solid) wood or wood look-alike (synthetic) floor. Besides adding beauty and elegance, a solid or synthetic wood floor does a marvelous job at creating a natural flow between rooms, especially in an open floor plan where there are no walls to define where, for example, the kitchen ends and the family room or dining room begins.

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A slate kitchen floor

 Slate (And other stone tiles)

If you want to make your kitchen elegant, then go with something in the stone tile family. You may be surprised to find out that not all stone tiles are expensive. Different surface textures are available, ranging from shiny and polished (which is quite slippery when wet) to dull (not nearly as slippery but not as good looking, either). Prices for all these types of stone flooring vary widely depending on what part of the country you’re in, so you’ll need to check in your area to see how much you need to spend to buy such a floor. The biggest drawback with any stone floor is that its useful lifetime will outlast your decorating tastes. Additionally, they’re higher maintenance than ceramic tile. Even so, here’s a closer look at the types of stone tile that just may be the thing that trips your floor trigger.

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A tile kitchen floor

Choosing tile- Ceramic versus stone

Ceramic and stone tiles are used in many of today’s upscale kitchens. They offer many design options in tile size, color, shape, texture, and pattern- all elements that factor into selecting a floor tile. You can pick tile that will give you a look ranging from traditional to modern. But ceramic and stone tiles differ in some ways that you should know about if you’re considering a tile floor.

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Vinyl squares on a kitchen floor

Vinyl squares

Sure, they may remind you of your grandmother’s kitchen, but vinyl squares are still a popular choice for kitchen floors. They’re easier to install than sheet flooring, and if you screw up cutting, you’re only out one tile.

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A vinyl kitchen floor

Staying resilient: Sheet flooring versus vinyl squares

Sheet flooring and vinyl are the two most popular types of flooring in the category called resilient flooring, which is any thin, flexible flooring that’s glued to the subfloor. Either sheet flooring or vinyl is a smart choice if you have young children in the house. Both are relatively flexible, water- and stain-resistant, and easy to clean and maintain. Both surfaces, but especially sheet flooring, are soft enough that a dropped glass stands a good chance of surviving the fall. The cost difference between vinyl squares and sheet flooring is not that large. Sheet flooring costs about 10 percent more than vinyl squares.

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A Kitchen floor decorated with red rug

Floors: Stepping out with style

The kitchen floor is probably the busiest floor in your house. The seemingly endless heavy-traffic flow puts the surface through a lot of wear-and-tear and abuse. Plus, the floor has to tolerate spills, dropped pots and pans, and even the occasional overflowing sink or dishwasher. Throw in the accumulation of dirt and grit from everyday foot traffic and you have to wonder how a kitchen floor lasts at all.

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