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odonopt 05-08-2013 07:12 PM

Flooring for Kitchen
 
Is it okay to install hardwoods or bamboo flooring in a kitchen? We want to keep the flooring the same through our main level & we want to use bamboo.

Fix'n it 05-08-2013 10:16 PM

yes. but, just like anything else = there are pro's and cons.

markx83 05-10-2013 09:36 AM

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Originally Posted by odonopt (Post 1175285)
Is it okay to install hardwoods or bamboo flooring in a kitchen? We want to keep the flooring the same through our main level & we want to use bamboo.

You can, but in spots like the kitchen and bathroom I wouldn't recommend it. If you spill something on it, it can get damaged easily...water can get through the cracks, it can get dented, etc.

Moritasgus 05-11-2013 04:16 PM

We did.
 
We put bamboo in our kitchen almost a year ago (carbonized strand) and it is holding up really well.

Jim McClain 05-11-2013 05:07 PM

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I've installed hardwood flooring in many kitchens. Yes, you do need to take extra care, but it's worth the trouble, in my opinion. You can use strategically placed area rugs in places that may be more susceptible to wear and tear. I kept one in front of the sink/dishwasher and even had a small rug where the dog ate. You can find rugs to protect your hardwood that will suit your needs and decor. About the only flooring that won't dent or damage from dropped objects is ceramic/stone flooring. Keeping the bamboo throughout will make the kitchen seem larger and add continuity to the space.

Jim

user1007 05-11-2013 10:03 PM

I have had hardwood and bamboo installed in kitchens with no problems. You do need to make sure it is quality material and that you finish it properly. Wipe spills promptly.

I especially like bamboo for kitchens. Duro-design is a fave supplier. Bamboo is harder than domestic hardwoods.

http://www.duro-design.com

That said, it depends on how much wear and abuse your kitchen gets. You can get woodlook tile to blend with your other floors that may hold up better to kids and pets.

Seattle2k 05-12-2013 03:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Jim McClain (Post 1177238)
About the only flooring that won't dent or damage from dropped objects is ceramic/stone flooring.
Jim

Ceramic doesn't dent, but it does chip.

Jim McClain 05-12-2013 03:28 AM

Yes, I know. My point was, ceramic/stone is far more impervious to damage than other traditional flooring used in kitchens. And my opinions are based on proper installation techniques.

Jim

user1007 05-12-2013 04:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Seattle2k (Post 1177504)
Ceramic doesn't dent, but it does chip.

Again, quality makes all the difference short of dropping something heavy. Highend tile should take a lot to chip it.

JetSwet 05-12-2013 08:51 AM

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Originally Posted by sdsester (Post 1177521)
Again, quality makes all the difference short of dropping something heavy. Highend tile should take a lot to chip it.

Not always the case a tile like travertine is a softer tile and shouldn't be installed in high traffic areas imo.

Ceramic is not as sturdy as porcelain as porcelain has a PEI rating for durability.


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