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Old 02-24-2011, 09:12 AM
 
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What look the best and most efficient for kitchen floor? Is it hardwood, tiles, and something else?
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:14 AM
 
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It depends upon your lifestyle, to some degree where you live (sand and hardwoods don't mix), and what surface the flooring will be installed upon.
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:20 PM
 
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I live in Subrub of New York
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Old 02-24-2011, 01:53 PM
 
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Efficient? Like "for use and cleaning" or also "cost efficiency"???

In rental homes it awful hard to beat a midgrade seamless or even "click plank" resilient floor. A quality one can take a lot of abuse and not look bad for ten years. Not nearly as stylish as hardwood...

Pricewise too many of the "natural alternatives" assume you have money like the heir to an oil company fortune, but I think in theory they are good too.

I strongly dislike "hard surface" tiles like ceramic / clay / porcelain -- hard on one's feet / legs / back and not as "low maintenance" as you'd think -- grout can stain, tiles can crack, installation is often a major hassle.

Obviously there are worse choices (carpet, self stick vinyl tiles...) but surveys still rate real hardwood floors as very high on most buyers' list of desired features.
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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I find tiles are the best. If you like the look of hardwood, they make tiling that looks like hardwood:

Woodstone Mahogany Porcelain Tile Porcelain Tile Flooring - $2.19 | Floor & Decor Outlets

I've had wood and laminate in different properties' kitchens. Bad luck with icemaker and faucet leaks. When my tenants move, I'm replacing the laminate floor in the kitchen with something like above b/c both abutting family and dining rooms have wood floors and I don't think a visual break would look good.
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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Also, in one of my units I have vinyl planks that look like wood. Holds up well and looks nice, too.
TrafficMaster Allure Plank, Mellow Wood, 6 in. x 36 in. Resilient Vinyl Plank Flooring (24 sq. ft./case) - 6062511 at The Home Depot

However, it has scratched in a few places, so I prefer tile.
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Old 02-24-2011, 05:48 PM
 
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Hardwood is the way to go and a huge plus in a selling point to many buyers.
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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There is nothing wrong with good quality linoleum. I was in an open house in a real upscale house. The kitchen had sheet linoleum that looked so much like slate you had to get down on your hands and knees and examine it closely before you could tell the difference. I had a house built 5 years ago and I put it in the basement and the main floor bathroom. I chose one that looked like tile and when I sold that house I had to tell the people ,"No that's not tile".
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:21 PM
 
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I meant what is the best looking/stylish floor to use.
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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I meant what is the best looking/stylish floor to use.
Best looking ... that's absolutely a personal decision. Some folks like the look of tile, some natural stone, some find sheet flooring their best choice, some love the look of wood ...

What is it you're after, really? A beautiful floor can still be totally out of place if the rest of the decor doesn't match.
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