Published at Tuesday, January 29th 2019. by Gerda Andersen in Kitchen Floors.
Since the tiles will be turned on the diagonal, you want large or complete tiles to edge the most visible entrance into the kitchen. Then make an accurate template of the pattern on graph paper, taking care to include any odd bump–outs or –ins. Allow about 15 percent overage for a diagonal pattern.
Not all species and cuts of wood will adapt well to a radiant retrofit. Most vulnerable are soft woods like pine and hickory, especially if they are flat-sawn. If you are installing new flooring over radiant, opt for strip flooring rather than plank, and allow plenty of time for the wood to acclimate to the setting. Installing wood flooring with a high percentage of residual moisture over radiant heat can lead to early failure. For best results, look for a radiant product that puts out heat at a low, gentle setting, such as a low-voltage membrane.
Finishing painted or stenciled floors usually meant coating them with varnish, which mellows the colors. Today, you can protect a painted floor with several coats of clear, long-wearing sealer like polyurethane in a satin finish. For more authenticity, use an antique floor finish, like the one offered by Minwax, as the final topcoat.
At Carpet Direct KC, we feature products from manufacturers like Mannington, Congoleum and Armstrong. They are among the best, most innovative product researchers and developers, with great focus on styling and design. So, whether you are interested in sheet or luxury vinyl tile, the flooring professionals at Carpet Direct KC have a large array of designs and colors to offer your Kansas City home. You'll love the durability and fashionability that it will bring to any space.
Hardwood flooring is a good choice if you are looking for something warm and earthy. It is strong and can stand up to wear and tear, as long as you keep it clean and care for it properly. Do not let water pool on hardwood floors for too long and you will not have any lasting signs of damage or stains.
Nothing gives a kitchen a more timeless quality than stone. The best flooring stones have a bit of texture and a minimum of shine. They, too, can be laid in interesting patterns: squares of alternating tones, sometimes accented with small inlays of stone or art tile; random rectangular blocks that have the feel of a European farmhouse; or as field tile with borders and inlays that rival the detail and beauty of the mosaics of ancient Rome.
To protect a linoleum or cork floor, apply a good quality floor wax. The wax helps prevent water from entering the seams and weakening the adhesive. Clean with a vinegar and water solution. Damp-mop only to prevent water from penetrating into the seams. Since floor wax yellows over time, use a wax stripper occasionally and recoat with new wax.
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