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I did all of the tile work in their remodel, recently there washing machine / dryer combo had a leaking issue...believe it or not , it was the dryer...some new type of condensing high efficiency
I agree with the lyrics of KMS' mantra...just tryin' to figure out a tune that it goes with..
Seriously, some folks are quite pleased with the hardwood in their kitchen...and no one argues the beauty of natural hardwoods.
So if I can boldly speak for the three of us, you need to understand where we are coming from
We are professionals. We sincerely care about the folks we take on as customers...one would argue that we become much closer to our customers than most service providers, since you literally have to invite us into your home, your castle, your refuge... your personal space, to accomplish the work.
We tend to view the world in a bit more practical way, than perhaps a designer or decorator. Our work tends to be a bit more "permanent" than a coat of paint or a window dressing. We have been around the block a few times....and we have seen what happens, first hand, to that gorgeous hardwood floor after it gets put to the test in a normal kitchen. Can it hold up and be kept gorgeous?...absolutely..but statiscally, I wouldn't put my money on it.
We want our customers to be happy during our work, happy with the final product after we complete it, and ten years down the road. I am sure the guys would agree that we try and talk people out of hardwood in the kitchen because we don't want to get that phonecall down the road that asks "why didn't you talk me out of putting hardwood in my kitchen?". We all want to be able to honestly answer "We tried".... :) Tim
Rip out the engineered wood and replace with same or solid hardwood. If the same engineered product is used this cycle will repeat.
Rip out the engineered wood and install tile (Like what was originally installed and the best route)
Live with a dirty ugly floor.
May I insert a couple of comments; Dishwashers have been known to leak. A lot of times just before they get replaced. How many times have we replaced our dishwashers. What are the chances that the leak could go undetected for some time and do EXTENSIVE damage. I have seen extensive damage to the tune of having to tear up all the flooring to the joists, dry them for a period, then rebuilding.
I am finding more and more that insurance companies are not covering these damages.
Yes, Hardwood can be a VERY pleasing, forgiving and comfortable surface for kitchens and baths. Just be vigilant in being sure they doesn't get too wet.
When I can afford it, we'll probably go with tile with radiant heat and a gel mat in front of the sink. That will take away the problem with the temperature and help during standing chores, but dropped item breakage would still be an issue.
I've seen some display homes use a combination approach; a large tile border by the sink, DW, stove, etc and hardwood in the middle ... not sure if we have the room to pull that off though.
Keven, you are making a case for tile (is porcelain sturdy enough for kitchens and falling glasses/pots?) with maybe wood, or eng. wood in my case, in formal DR and smaller living area that we use as a music & reading room for contrast and visual warmth.