Vinyl Flooring - Flooring Questions
1.40 What is the best type of flooring for a kitchen?

Q. My husband and I are renovating our kitchen and I'm torn about what kind of flooring I want in this room. I love the look of hardwood floors but I've never had them in a house before, are they a good choice of flooring (hard to maintain)? Or what flooring do you have in your kitchen that you love? I'm so glad I asked this question! I hadn't thought about how easily wood floors could be damaged, and I really want something that will last, not something I need to replace in 5 years!

A. I wouldn't use wood in a kitchen, even though I love hardwood floors. There are too many ways to damage one-water leaks, dropping things, etc. I have ceramic tile in the kitchen/mudroom. With the variety of styles available, you should be able to find one you like easily. You can also get grout that matches or compliments the color of the tile. Hope this helps.

1.20 What type of flooring is easiest in kitchen and less expensive that we can do ourselves?

Q. We have tile looking vinyl flooring right now. I love my floor but it has to go to add new cabinets, extra wall cabinets and a middle cabinet island. What have others did for their flooring that is easy and not too expensive. We have a good solid wood surface under (1) layer of vinyl flooring to work with. Thanks for any help and answers......

A. Dont go too cheap.....home depot or lowes has closeout tile (usually less than 1$ a sq.) really east to install and will last forever, and when you do a project like that yourself you will be proud!

1.20 Kitchen renos, does the flooring need to go under the cabinets?

Q. I've seen this on a show once where they put the flooring (laminate) flush up against the cabinets, rather than doing all floors first THEN putting in cabinets. I think it was just for their demo purposes, but i'm wondering if that's okay to do? or will it look bad?

A. Over the years this question has come up with many of the home owners I have remodeled kitchens for. There are a few rules of thumb to take into account. First whenever you have the opportunity to install new cabinets where a new laminate floor is going to be installed there are problems with installing the floor under the cabinets. Most newer laminate floors are meant to be allowed to move. With varying degrees of humidity and fluctuating room temperature changes, expanding and contracting can take place and if you lock the floor under the cabinets, you will prevent the floor from doing what is natural. It would seem then that the solution would be to install the flooring up against the cabinets. However keep in mind that whenever you install the floor up against the cabinets, you will loose countertop height. That is, if your countertops were set at 36" off the floor and you install a 1/2" flooring up against the cabinets, now your countertops will be 35 1/2" from the new laminate flooring. This may not seem like much, but if you are tall, every little bit height counts. The solution that I have always used was to install plywood the same thickness as the flooring under the cabinets and then install the flooring up against the plywood edges. Now you will install a shoe mold or other molding over top of the new laminate floor, but make sure you attach the molding to the cabinets and not the floor. This again, will allow the flooring to move without restriction. With the molding installed up against the cabinets it will cover up any signs that there is plywood under the cabinets. Another thing to note is that when you install the flooring it is best to give it a little clearance from the walls and cabinets and again make sure that when you install the molding, nail it to the walls, baseboard or cabinets and not to the flooring. You can find out more about flooring installations and techniques, by clicking on the following link. Plus, check out some great flooring videos on the subject as well by clicking on the following link. I hope this will help you out. Rick

1.20 How do I get laminate flooring to work when my steel door can barely "clear" vinyl flooring?

Q. I'm looking at putting laminate flooring in the kitchen but our steel door leading out to our garage can barely "clear" the current vinyl flooring when it opens, so I know it wouldn't be able to open with a taller laminate floor. I don't want to spend a lot of money on a new door or make any major renovations. Any suggestions?

A. Another option if you can't cut the door off is to put the laminate only up to the outside of the door reach and leave the vinyl as a circular entry type look. It's done with carpeting all the time by outside entry doors, usually so you can have a scatter rug on the vinyl. In your case, you don't have room for a scatter rug.

1.20 What is the best method to install new vinyl flooring?

Q. I'm remodeling my kitchen. The orginal vinyl flooring is really ugly, but not really that bad shape. I want to put new vinyl flooring. What is the best method. I don't see the option of removing the old flooring but instead, putting the new floor on top of the existing. Should I just lay down 1/4 inch luan or is there a better, more professional method?

A. If its only 1 layer down, most manufactures ok it it to go over the existing as long as its in decent shape like you say. Yes the use of a luan or birch luan is the best way to go. The new glue will take to the pores of the wood the best.Filling in the seams w/ a special cement based filler and if theres any imperfections in the wood. I ve always have used Ardex but there are other names out there. Any questions you can e mail me through my avatar. GL

1.20 Ideas for flooring in a small block house with concrete floors?

Q. We are fixing up a small house and need some ideas that aren't too costly for concrete floors. They have been sealed before and painted a medium gray color, but we were thinking hardware floors or another alternative. Any ideas of something we can do ourselves and still look professional?

A. Hardwood floors are great for living areas, but I prefer vinyl flooring for kitchens and baths. Sure tile looks great, but it's also very cold on a concrete slab house. Vinyl is also less expensive. If the house is really small, opt for carpet in the living areas. You can get some great inexpensive remants in small sizes and it makes it cozy and is still professional. I think hardwood floors are going to be trending out here shortly anyway.

1.20 What would you do if your contractor laid the wrong vinyl flooring in your bedroom?

Q. We were busy so we couldn't catch the mistake he was making before the vinyl flooring was all glued down. Now he just wants to lay the right vinyl flooring on top of his mistake. Should we insist that he remove the flooring he has already laid right down to the sub floor or just let him lay more vinyl flooring on the work he already did? (one complication is that this vinyl flooring is very spongy and soft, Would another layer of the same sort of flooring cause problems later?)

A. This can easily be done and is the proper way to go about and still maintain your vinyl warranty. But 2 words of caution. There is a embossing leveler ( if needed on certain vinyls) that needs to be done . And to protect you in the long run, get a written guarantee, that he will stand behind his work. This makes sure hes installing it right to meet manufactures guidelines. If you have second thoughts about him, have him rip it out and start anew. Just trying to avoid the mess for you in the rip out. Any questions you can e mail me through my avatar. GL

1.20 What is the average price for vinyl flooring installation?

Q. I need to have vinyl flooring installed in an area that is approximately 300 square feet. What should I expect for a quote?

A. Rolled vinyl is pretty quick and easy to install. I wouldn't expect to pay more than $100 to $150, maybe less if they're charging by the hour (like a $20 an hour handyman).

Vinyl Flooring

 Flooring - Vinyl Flooring More Americans choose to install vinyl floors in their home than any other floors. This is an affordable flooring material that is also easy to care for. The vinyl flooring combines good looks, ease of maintenance and durability to give you a floor that is ideally suitable for any room in your >, Kansas area house. They can be easily used in high traffic areas, like kitchens and basements. Vinyl flooring comes in the form of vinyl floor tiles and sheet vinyl. There are a great number of styles and colors to choose from.

 flooring company in Kansas City Vinyl flooring tiles can be used in homes, as well as commercial spaces. Vinyl flooring tiles that are used in homes can range from basic tiles that resemble ceramic tiles and self stick tiles, to thicker, luxurious looking, marble patterned vinyl floor tiles. The luxury tiles are heavier, and more expensive, but offer sunny, natural looking textures that resemble slate and wood. Tiles generally come in 12" X 12" sizes, although larger tile sizes are also available. Vinyl composition tiles are used generally in commercial settings, like malls and retail stores. Patterns can range from marble-like appearances to solid color tiles.

For a vinyl floor to look as good as it can, make sure that the sub floor installation is well done. Any imperfections in the sub floor can result in an unevenly laid out vinyl floor. Get your tiles installed by a professional flooring company, who can ensure that the tiles are laid close enough without gaps or cracks in between. Use recommended cleaners to use your vinyl floor, and protect from sharp and heavy objects. Use rugs at strategic places to prevent sand and grit from entering the house.

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