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Old 01-11-2011, 07:11 PM   #1
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Tile Or Hardwood In Kitchen


I keep coming up against this issue and I think I've been brainwashed to think one way about it.

I've seen many kitchens that have hardwood flooring throughout it. But ive been taught that the approach is to go tile in the kitchen.

I feel like outside of aesthetics there is more pros to having tile then hardwood floor?

am I wrong? what do you think?
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:13 PM   #2
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Depends on the age of the children in my mind anyway. Grown ups living there hardwood is GTG.

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We probably install more hardwood than tile. Most of my clients complain about the hard tile and the toll it takes on there legs and back after being in the kitchen all day.
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I believe the kitchen is one area that takes a lot of flooring abuse. Dropped dishes, liquids, sharp objects.....

In a low maintenance home, wood will hold up. In a home with a lot of kitchen traffic, I think tile is the smarter choice.
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Tile is more practical in the kitchen, but if you/the client are okay with the downsides of hardwood...go for it. It's done all the time.

As an alternative or best of both worlds...they manufacture tile flooring that duplicates the look of hardwood that you can readily find at tile/stone suppliers (Olympia, Stone Tile and many others have a good selection)

I've installed these before in a bathroom...looks great.



This one is probably porcelain.
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Yes, Heritage has the answer!!!!!

I thought this tile was pretty cool, actually:
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i just try and explain the 3 big dangers in a kitchen. the icemaker, the dish washer and the kitchen sink. If they over flow or have a issue it will ruin the floor. I personaly like tile in a kitchen. Not to say i havent put wood in a kitchen I do what they want. But make it clear of the dangers before they get set on it
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Tile is more practical in the kitchen, but if you/the client are okay with the downsides of hardwood...go for it. It's done all the time.

As an alternative or best of both worlds...they manufacture tile flooring that duplicates the look of hardwood that you can readily find at tile/stone suppliers (Olympia, Stone Tile and many others have a good selection)

I've installed these before in a bathroom...looks great.



This one is probably porcelain.
They have those installed at the local Salad Works. Looks like they have a 3/8" grout line though. Pretty lame if not installed properly.

Could look pretty cool installed vertically on a wall though.
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i have installed quite a few wood floor tile looks before. And even went to using t caps to match at doorways
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i just try and explain the 3 big dangers in a kitchen. the icemaker, the dish washer and the kitchen sink. If they over flow or have a issue it will ruin the floor. I personaly like tile in a kitchen. Not to say i havent put wood in a kitchen I do what they want. But make it clear of the dangers before they get set on it
tis be my concern as well. heritage i do think about that flooring option alot to. that is always a good alternative. How many colour variations have u seen in a tile like that? might have to head down to the tile supplier and check it out.
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How many colour variations have u seen in a tile like that? might have to head down to the tile supplier and check it out.

Just like at the pics I posted above. That's the same kinda of tile.
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Y'all git off yer snooty high horses, and you have to admit that vinyl is the mainstay of the American kitchen.
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Y'all git off yer snooty high horses, and you have to admit that vinyl is the mainstay of the American kitchen.

And one of the best reasons I get kitchen tile floor remodel jobs
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I have never seen a good looking wood floor in a kitchen after 5 years of use. Tile is the way to go, and I like the wood tile products. Gives you the look of wood and the durability of tile. Sounds like a winner to me.
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And one of the best reasons I get kitchen tile floor remodel jobs
No doubt. But practically speaking, only a limited percentage of HO's can afford/want to spend what it costs for a tile kitchen floor. If you want to rule that market, you should also be offering vinyl.
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No doubt. But practically speaking, only a limited percentage of HO's can afford/want to spend what it costs for a tile kitchen floor. If you want to rule that market, you should also be offering vinyl.
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Have you considered vinyl tile or plank?

Try googleing DuraCeramic or Karndean!... good products that I have been installing for many years.

(Whatever you choose, silicone the edges around wet areas.)
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i just try and explain the 3 big dangers in a kitchen. the icemaker, the dish washer and the kitchen sink. If they over flow or have a issue it will ruin the floor. I personaly like tile in a kitchen. Not to say i havent put wood in a kitchen I do what they want. But make it clear of the dangers before they get set on it

Exactly. Kitchens, baths & laundries, I remind them to make sure their insurance is good to go & be prepared to file a claim in the event of a water leak, then I start nailin it down.

No wood in my home in the wet areas though.
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It's the customers choice---I warn them of the consequences of a leak--them I shut up and call Jay the wood guy.

I wouldn't put wood into my own kitchen.

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