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Old 01-04-2011, 12:37 PM   #1
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kitchen flooring options

I have a relatively small kitchen (190 sq. feet), 6 children aged 1-11, half of whom are not fully potty trained and spill drinks and food, and a low budget. I have $300 alloted to replacing our kitchen floor. It is currently the cheapest of the cheap laminate, installed with no room for expansion, and therefore it has buckled all over. (It was like this when we bought the house, but over the years has become much worse from spills, the old, leaky dishwasher, and chairs pushed around.)

This project would be a diy project since we can't afford to pay anyone. I live in Utah, which can be cold or hot. I am cheap and keep my thermostat set in the mid 60s during the winter and we cool the house with a swamp cooler. There is a basement. The kitchen has no doors.

I have now limited my flooring options to (and I'm willing to consider others):
tiles, linoleum, and linoleum tiles. With tiles, I am concerned about them being cold, breaking, and the time involved in installing. In our last apartment we had linoleum tiles and dirt would get shoved between. Also, some of the tiles cracked. My husband installed linoleum in our (small) bathroom, but it has some bubbles because he used a kitchen rolling pin instead of whatever tool he was supposed to use. Also, the children tend to leave lakes in the bathroom and the linoleum has been soaked on the edges.

Which do you think would be the best for us? Pros and cons of each?


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What is under the laminate?


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What is under the laminate?
Wood, not the nice kind. Plywood?
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You don't have many choices with your budget. If I were you I would buy the cheap square vinyl tiles with the adhesive already on them and spend some money on the "contact adhesive" used to install the commercial version of vinyl tiles. Spread the contact adhesive as directed and install the (lick and stick) tiles. The extra adhesive will help to hold the tile down longer when it gets wet. Then seal the seams by applying several coats of wax. Also rent a 100# roller like you are supposed to and keep your rolling pin in the drawer where it belongs. You should be able to do all of that for your $300 if you do it all yourself.

Good luck with this one!
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rusty baker - i've seen a number of your posts. what is your opinion of installing allure ultra in a kitchen over ceramic tile? Do you have any concerns regarding spillage and/or seapage under the allure?

we also have a level issue which is why we need to either remove or lay over the ceramic tiles. we were told the allure can go over almost everything. our tiles are cracked around the perimeter of the kitchen (around the table).

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