I agree with Melinda,
We had ceramic one time. When you drop the old glass jar of dill
pickles, you knew one or the other would break. Quarry tile will
usually beat the glass jar. Brick usually wins.
I have not had the laminates, though the ones I've been on seem
noisy. They are prone to failure if they become saturated by a
It is hard to beat sheet vinyl.
Keep the whole world singing. . . .
Ceramic is unbeatable for many day-to-day issues (clean up, etc). But, and
a big but, don't use glazed tile. Reason? The glaze is only surface deep,
obviously, so if you drop something, drag a chair, etc, and the tile chips,
you expose the clay below which is usually a dark red/brown colour. Unless
you keep lots of spare tiles and grout (good idea) and are adept at
replacing tiles, you will have a ratty looking floor in no time. How do I
know? This is exactly the state of my kitchen floor!!!
I recently spoke with someone in my town who was putting hardwood flooring
in the entrance, dining room, etc and I asked him how he planned to deal
with things like people entering the house in the winter with their snow-
boots on, etc.
He said that in areas like the entrance he had them use the same finish
they use on basketball courts and that it should stand up to the elements
I don't think he meant that it would be maintenance-free, though, but
I wondered if such a finish would make hardwood flooring a good choice for
Any thoughts on that?
Basketball court floor finishes are not especially tough or durable. It's just
plain old polyurethane. They require special care, and I think you'll find that
if anybody cares, they won't even allow street shoes to touch it. If you've ever
seen a gymnasium that had a roof leak, you'll know that it's not very
waterproof, either. A minor leak can result in major warpage.
Solid sheet material (linoleum), since it has no areas to leak, when
water gets spilled.
Personally, for a step up, I'm looking into terrazo or a poured acrylic
finish (another current thread in here), but I'm doing the baths right
now, not yet to my kitchen.
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