We are planning a remodel of our kitchen. We would like to use hardwood flooring in the kitchen and run it through to adjoining areas ie. family room, hallway. Our delima is with the laundry area and the dishwasher. What recommendations are there for hardwood floors in these areas? Should we use the hardwood in the areas up to the appliances, and place vinyl under the appliances?
Another option may be the existing floor. Currently there is ceramic tile in the kitchen and laundry room. We have planned on removing the tile. Should we just leave the ceramic tile under the appliances and use some sort of sealent and moulding on the edges of the wood floor?
Any suggestions or recommendations would be very much appreciated.
I have Hardwood in my kitchen and in my laundry closet is tile. I placed a threshold between the tile and the hardwood. Under the dishwasher I just have the hardwood. When i did the hardwood I put about 4 to 5 coats of Polyurethane. That gives the floor great protection.
It doesn't matter what you put under the dishwasher. I usually just leave it with only a subfloor and shim it up as much as possible so it can be pulled out easy if needed. But since you're doing a total remodel, use the same flooring. Do that area last, use odd pieces.
If the dishwasher ever develops a leak, it'll ruin your hardwood regardless what's under it.
TILE GUY - retired- TROY, MI - Method & Product suitability consulting.