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Vinyl tile products for kitchen?

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Posted by: from Toronto
8/6/2012 at 5:32:38 AM

Hello,

Wha do you think of the vinyl tiles ( the highest quality, that stick together EasyGrip technology) such as for example Allure tiles: http://www.homedepot.ca/product/allure-tile-cordoba/915986 ?

I have ceramic tiles in the kitchen right now that needs to be redone. I need flooring that suits heavy use, that cannot be spoiled by things I occasionally drop when I cook, and that is easy to install. I just don't want to constantly think about not damaging my floors when I spend my time at the kitchen!

At first, we were recommended engineered hardwood ( continue from the living room, would look very uniform and nice), but I am not sure engineered hardwood would sustain.

Ceramic tiles are probably not the best, because the floor is flexible and grout is cracking.

Linoleum I like, but installation may be very expensive?

Vinyl tiles seem to be an easy choice: can be installed over current tiles, easy to put together.

How are vinyl tiles performing over time? Are they a good choice? If I want to sell my house in 3 years, will they still look good?

Thank you

Olga

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Date/Time8/6/2012 at 9:14:39 AM

Hi Olga,

Have you concidered going with a quality laminate flooring? Laminate is very durable and cost effective. It's easy to install and you could lay it over the echisting tile floors you have. I have a 120lb dog and the floor in my kitchen still look great!

Thanks,

Kevin

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Olga in Toronto
Date/Time8/6/2012 at 9:32:37 AM

Hello Kevin,

Thank you for your opinion.

No, I haven't considered laminate at all! I don't know why, maybe because it looked pretty bad in my basement after flooding :)

Could you explain why laminate could be a better choice than vinyl?

Best,

Olga

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Scott from Canadiana Kitchens in Barrie
Date/Time8/6/2012 at 10:02:33 AM

Hello Olga

This question comes up alot. The best flooring we have found that will stand the traffic and looks great in living room and kitchen is Vinyl plank flooring. Looks like wood floor yet it is a vinyl. There is four companys that we have used hat carry this product. They are Centura, Armstrong, Moduleo and Karndean.

We have installed this product is several renovations and customers are very happy with the results. This product if fairly easy to install just make sure you use the proprietary contact glue for warranty. Karndean has the most realistic looking planks yet they are the most expensive.

Cheers

Scott Hunter

Scott Hunter Homeimprovements & Contracting


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Date/Time8/6/2012 at 10:41:41 AM

Hi Olga,

I have worked with the Allure products and like them. The are flexible and quite strong. They also are quite water resistant and, in fact, can be used in bathrooms ... where water and moisture can be an issue. Fairly easy to work with and not as costly as the hardwood idea.

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Olga in Toronto
Date/Time8/6/2012 at 10:49:46 AM

Thank you very much, Mark and Scott

Olga

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Syed Painting & Handyman Services in Brampton
Date/Time8/6/2012 at 11:17:29 AM

Ceramic is best for kitchen. Laminate for kitchen..NO NO!

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Date/Time8/6/2012 at 12:00:42 PM

Hi Olga,

I tend to agree with my associates that responded to your question. Laminate flooring is not the best option for kitchens. Cermaica are still a great choice, when installed properly.

However, if you prefer a vinyl choice o just installed a strip vinyl floor that is fiberglass reinforced in a pharmacy in Vaughan that is quite aswrhically pleasing and very durable.

Neil

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Olga in Toronto
Date/Time8/6/2012 at 12:42:19 PM

Neil, Syed, thanks a lot.

I will definitely go the vinyl strips. Already researched the Karndean suggested by Scott, and they look fantastic!

How do I even the surface over the tiles to install vinyl floor over them? Just with thinset?

Thanks

Olga

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Syed Painting & Handyman Services in Brampton
Date/Time8/6/2012 at 1:09:16 PM

if you are installing your vinyl tiles over the ceramic tiles, it will show after a while. you will notice the patterm of ceramic tiles on the vinyl tiles.

I would suggest to remove the existing tiles and then use vinyl or ceramin. if you remove the existing tiles and decide to go with vinyl then i would suggest to put a 1/4 inch subfloor of plywood so your vinyl tiles can stick without any sand or dust.

If you are doiing it yourself there are tons of DIY flooring video on youtube.

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Scott from Canadiana Kitchens in Barrie
Date/Time8/10/2012 at 8:40:05 PM

Hello Olga

First you should remove the tile and lay plywood good one side fill all seams and then lay vinyl floor. If that is not possible there are ways of laying vinyl floor over the tiles.

The prep of the tile floor is very important and you must make sure the existing floor is sound. There is a prouduct on the market that you can use to prep the floor. This prouduct can be found at tilemaster in Aurora and Barrie. After the primer is applied you can skim coat the floor with cement too remove any grout lines for they will show if this is not done. You may also find the link for Kiesel on my web page renoahome.

Cheers

Scott Hunter


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Olga in Toronto
Date/Time8/11/2012 at 6:27:13 AM

Scott,

Thank you for taking time to help me with my project. The dumpster bin has arrived, and I can easily dispose of the existing tiles. Which I will likely do, given how much needs to be done to lay the floor over existing tile.

Best,

Olga

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Date/Time12/2/2012 at 3:34:12 PM

Olga, how did your floor removal go? Did you end up removing the Tile? It sounds like an easy chore but sometimes left to the professionals. 40% of our calls are from home owners that watched a YouTube video and tried to do it themselves. I am just curious.

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