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from http://www.rusticgirls.com/kitchen-renovation-tips.html

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· Be sure to choose a sturdy floor that will be comfortable to stand on when working in the kitchen. Ceramic, porcelain and stone looks wonderful on a floor and are extremely durable. However, they are hard on the legs and feet if you are standing on them for hours cooking a huge family meal.

· Choose wooden flooring that has give. It is durable and comes in a wide range of colors. A popular, modern flooring is cork, which is available in a wide range of colors and patterns. Cork is extremely comfortable and is being chosen by consumers for durability and ease on the feet and legs.



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Brilliant Kitchen Floor Renovation Tips
By Jerry A. Blackburn

http://ezinearticles.com/?Brilliant-Kitchen-Floor-Renovation-Tips&id=904696

If your floor is old and worn then it's time to start considering replacing your kitchen floor with something more up to date.

Some people think it's a good idea to lay vinyl flooring on top of existing floors. However although this is a quick way to get the job done it's a bad corner to cut. Any imperfections in the lower floor will quickly show through on the new floor. If you are going to replace the floor in your kitchen, then you should take the old one up before starting to lay the new one.

If you are set on keeping the old floor then you can lay a new sub floor over the top of the old flooring. This creates a perfect level surface the same as if you ripped the old floor up. However, this isn't as good as removing the old floor as there are weaknesses which could cause problems in the future.

In order to speed up the job you should take everything from the kitchen that isn't fixed down. Removing all the clutter from your kitchen makes the job much quicker. If you leave everything in your kitchen then you will find you have to move it around when you are laying the new floor.

Be Accurate

You can rent a machine that can take up the vinyl flooring for you. However, even when using these machines you still need some hard work. No machine will take all of the flooring up, you will have to do those spots that are missed by hand. You need to have as smooth a floor as possible in order to fix the new floor down securely.

When you have removed the entire old floor you should install a new sub floor. When cutting flooring make sure you are accurate, you will need to cut the flooring around your walls and kitchen cabinets. You don't want any noticeable gaps, but you also don't want any problems when they expand in hot weather.

When you have fitted the sub floor you should clean it with a mop in order to remove any of the dirt that may be lying on there. Make sure it's clean so it can't affect the adhesive. The adhesive should be evenly spread across the floor in sections...!

You should allow the glue to dry completely before you walk on it or start installing appliances. This weight could cause movement in the floor before the glue has been allowed to set.



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Armed with knowledge, you'll be able to select the best kitchen flooring for your family's feet. Technological advances have made nearly all floor materials easier to install and to live with...

Check out this slide show about kitchen and bath floors:

http://www.remodelingcenter.com/flooring/kitchen-and-bath-flooring/?sssdmh=dm17.322124&esrc=nwrem52



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from http://lerse.com/articles/new/improve-your-kitchen-from-the-ground-up.html

Flooring is undoubtedly the best starting point when you set out to improve your kitchen. Not only is it important that the flooring material you choose matches the other elements of the kitchen, like the cabinets and counter tops, it also needs to be durable and easy to maintain.

Understanding the different types of flooring will help you to improve your kitchen from the ground up:

Linoleum
This type of flooring is inexpensive, easy to care for and easy on your feet. Most modern linoleum is stain resistant, although not terribly durable. Unlike vinyl flooring, linoleum is not available in a wide array of color choices, and it's not always the best option for those seeking a designer's touch.

Vinyl
Like its cousin linoleum, vinyl flooring is easy on the feet and the pocketbook. Spills wipe up with ease, and there is a rainbow of colors and designs available. The big drawback to vinyl flooring is its tendency to peel over time. It's just not as durable as other materials. If you're looking for a long-lasting investment, vinyl flooring is probably not your best choice.

Stone
The big trend in kitchen renovations today is stone flooring. These natural materials offer lasting appeal, natural beauty and radiant heat. Stone does need special sealants to prevent stains but is extremely durable. On the other hand, stone surfaces can be very slippery, especially when wet, making them dubious choices for kitchens. Stone is also less comfortable for cooks who spend long periods on their feet.

Wood
Decorators are starting to return to the roots of design, and many are once again appreciating the beauty of wood flooring. While wood is hard on the feet, it provides an all-natural look to the cooking area. Special coatings are required to protect wood floors from damage by water, stains and humidity. Wood flooring is durable, making it even more appealing to those seeking a long-lasting investment. Laminates are very popular choices that combine the beauty of wood with easy installation and upkeep.

Carpet
In the 1970s, carpet was a popular choice of kitchen flooring material, but it is rarely used today. While nothing beats the comfort of carpet under the feet, it is almost impossible to keep clean in a kitchen. Even the most durable carpet is not match for bacon grease and tomato sauce. If you love the comfort and warmth of carpet in the kitchen, consider buying an inexpensive area rug. These can be easily replaced when they become worn or stained, or when it's simply time to redecorate.



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Choosing flooring for your kitchen is very challenging because it usually experiences wear and tear, and lots of traffic, it needs to look good, and be easy to clean. It is also a room that many guests will see, so you want to choose flooring that looks great, as well as being functional and practical.

Here are several things that you need to keep in mind when choosing flooring for your kitchen.:

http://www.theflooringlady.com/choosing_kitchen_flooring.html



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