Published at Saturday, January 19th 2019. by Gerda Andersen in Kitchen Floors.
Although flooring choices run from ancient materials like stone to newer products like engineered floors, two of the best options remain: resilient materials including linoleum and cork, and ceramic and mosaic tile. For a variety of reasons, resilients work best in the kitchen, while tile is a natural in the bathroom.
If your home has more than two storeys as is common where a loft has been converted, then you need to be sure that your open plan space will meet the Building Regulations with regards to fire and escape. This is usually an issue if the open plan area is your main means of escape. In these cases, you may need fire doors between the kitchen and first floor, as well as a fire protected escape route from the first floor.
Alternatives to wood floors in the kitchen are not only diverse but historically innovative, ranging from some of the oldest materials (stone, brick, and cork) to classics perfected more than a century ago (linoleum)to the ever-evolving wonder material of the first half of the 20th century, vinyl composition tile. Whether you choose a floor that could have been in the house when it was built, or something further along in its history, you'll be in good company.
Vinyl flooring is known for its durability, versatility and an array of contemporary designs that can match any decor. Not as cold or hard as tile, vinyl flooring patterns and designs are available in wood, stone, ceramic, and slate. It is a popular choice for kitchens, entryways, and bathrooms due to its resistance to moisture and ease of maintenance. It is highly affordable and might be the right flooring choice for your home.
Vitrified Tiles are composed of quartz, silica, clay and feldspar. These materials are combined together with the process of vitrification. The tiles are manufactured by the Hydraulic press method. In this process two kinds of colour are fed into the machine resulting in a very thick layer of a double coloured design on the tile. This layer of colour and design is around 3-4mm thick. These tiles are good for high traffic areas.
Instead of rebuilding the entire kitchen look for refurbishing. If your kitchen walls or flooring has become dull, choose some interesting and low budget options. You can choose stone cladding which comes with interesting options like red stone, granite stone, limestone cladding, marble or natural stone cladding.
Use a rubber mallet to pound them into place. To remove a tile that is going in the wrong direction after it is set, insert a stiff putty knife under the tile and work it loose. Once you have applied adhesive to an area work quickly or it will begin to set up. As you lay tile, use the chalk lines and/or straight edge to make sure you are keeping the pattern in line.
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