Shore grandmom
Shore grandmom
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Asked on Mar 7, 2018

Flooring for kitchen

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I'm redoing my kitchen and can't decide whether to do hardwood or tile. The ones I picked out to compare are about the same price including install. I've had both and they both have good and bad. I live at the Jersey shore, so if I did tile, I'd put heat under it. I do have a large dog (146 lb great dane, but her nails are trimmed every month). I just can't make up my mind. Please help me!

7 answers
  • Hardwood is more forgiving on your back and feet if you stand for any great length of time in your kitchen. For me the reason is personal - I have had multiple back surgeries and have arthritis in my feet, right knee and hip. So if anyone has any health concerns, my vote is for hardwood.

    Since you are on the shore, tile might be easier to maintain and not have problems with moist air as you would with hardwood. Heated tile floors in the wintertime would be heaven! Plus easier to sweep sand up off of tile floors too.

    Hope you are ok with all the repeated storms on the east coast, be safe!
    • Shore grandmom
      on Mar 8, 2018

      I do have some problems, 3 level spinal fusion, a problem hip and 2 knee replacements. And I love the look of hardwood, it just looks and feels warmer.
      But you are right about sand from the beach and it being humid. That's my dilemma. I have one of my bathroom floors heated and it is heaven in the winter!
      We are doing fine with the weather. Being on an island at the beach, we don't have as many tall trees to take down power lines and block roads. We still have power, but there are a lot that don't. We are lucky, we have a whole house generator. Some of our streets flood. but that's with any hard rain. Today was a really nasty day, lots of rain, snow, sleet and wind. It wasn't fun driving. We have actually been very lucky. There is supposed to be another on on Monday. Thank you for asking. And thank you for you opinion.
  • Nancy Turner
    on Mar 7, 2018

    I would go tile, I have tile in my kitchen and wood look tile in my backroom, but hardwood in the bedrooms, hall, dining room and living room. Our dogs, even with nails clipped are hard on the finish of the wood and much harder to keep clean of the dirt, dust, mud and water they bring in when they come in the house (they have a doggy door). We have one ankle biter, one medium sized, a chow-chow and two large dogs, shepherd and shepherd mix. The three love to play outside all the time no matter the weather.
    • Nancy Turner
      on Mar 8, 2018

      Being from Minnesota, I know cold, but personally, for me, hardwood is no warmer than tile. I am used to it, so it doesn't bother me at all anymore. I think the people who sold the house put some kind of cheap coating on the floors before they put it up for sale. Found a few shortcuts and cheats after we moved into the house, but it will cost less for me to put in vinyl plank than it would cost to refinish the hardwood in the living room and dining room. I'm not planning on doing anything to the tile in the kitchen or back room. They are too easy to take care of with the dogs.
  • Gale Allen Jenness
    on Mar 7, 2018

    Personally, I never use wood anywhere near where There be water and other liquids getting on my hardwood. Unless you’re wanting to use a exterior finish on your kitchen flooring and resealing your flooring from time to time depending how often it gets wet? Water itself is like acid to lacquer or varnish, etc. and will eat right thru your finish over time and start destroying your flooring. All it takes is some water being spilled and forgotten to be cleaned up and dried right away! Water not only eats the finish, it makes wood swell and warp and twist as well as dry rot! Being a contractor myself I have seen a lot of water damage over the years where people had no clue the damages water causes to hardwood floors as well as tempature and humidity! You can destroy a hardwood floor in no time just by not controlling the temperature in your home. Allowing your temps to drop below even 70 degrees where the home starts drawing moisture will start flooring to swell, twist, and warp. Then when temps are raised wood shrinks and cracks! Unfortunately this is the biggest reasons why people end up having to refinish or in worse cases replace their hardwood flooring! I would never recommend anyone to put hardwood in the kitchen nor a bathroom especially! Unless you’re extremely careful to keep your floors dry and a consistent temp no less then the upper 60’s to preferably not higher then the upper 70’s. Your just looking for headaches and extra cost down the line! But if for some reason your temperatures get way too low or high. Try to slowly change temp to a reasonable living condition to try to let the wood climatize as naturally as possible to hopefully avoid any more damage then necessary! I‘Be seen straight cabinet doors look like the curved back of a chair in just days from letting tampatures change too rapidly from the 40’s to 70’s in just a few hours or less! Sadly, many times with new cabinets when a home owner doesn’t watch their temp changes and their hardwood starts warping and twisting they want to blame the cabinetmakers for their problems and it’s nothing to do with the cabinetmakers at all! Except for maybe not warning their customers not to let tempatures lower and raise any more then absolutely necessary or it will damage their hardwood!
    I’d stick to a flooring not so touchy with moisture and temps myself, you’ll be happier in the long run I promise
    • Gale Allen Jenness
      on Mar 8, 2018

      ever considered laminate flooring or there’s a vinyl flooring called Allure that looks like wood that’s not too hard to install and makes a nice floor that shouldn’t break on ya if you drop something heavy on it! I believe Home Depot carries Allure if you want to check it out! I installed it in a triple wide manufactured home about 10 years ago for a friend. Now I’m installing laminate flooring in another triple wide manufactured home for my lady in her home. After installing both I like the Allure better then the laminate flooring. It doesn’t scaratch or leave marks like the laminate does
  • Shoshana
    on Mar 7, 2018

    I find tile easier to clean, I'd go that route
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Mar 7, 2018

    Research Vinyl planking.It is the newest flooring and has gotten very good reviews.
  • Sassy
    on Mar 8, 2018

    I like the vinyl planking too. Looks like hardwood but wears much better.
  • Cindy Hagemann
    on Mar 8, 2018

    Look at LVP (luxury vinyl planks, they are the new trend for flooring. They are affordable, look like wood, waterproof, easy care and scratch resistant.
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