Published at Saturday, 19 January 2019. Kitchen Floors. By Gerda Andersen.
If the first floor can be exited without having to go through the kitchen and open plan area, then this should not present a problem. In any case, it is sensible to look into fire suppression systems – such as sprinklers and smoke curtains – to limit the spread of fire and smoke throughout the home.
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.
Use a professional floor filler, such as Dependable, to fill and smooth out joints in the plywood before installing the new floor. If there is not at least ½" of clearance between the existing floor and the bottom of your cabinets, you may be a candidate for a floating floor. Once the subfloor is smooth, level, and dry, you are ready to plan the layout. If you envision a more ambitious floor—using tile in historically correct 9" x 9" squares or with an inlay design, for instance—you may want to opt for sheet goods to minimize waste.
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