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View Poll Results: Tile or hardwood in the kitchen
Tile 14 33.33%
hardwood 17 40.48%
other (please specify) 11 26.19%
Voters: 42. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-01-2014, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Harbor Springs, Michigan
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I voted other, we are looking at cork for both our kitchen and bathroom. We are also considering vinyl, its low maintenance, has some great finishes nowadays and is super easy to install.

Either way I'm a mopper, I really don't do well with floors that need lots of extra care. When I clean I sweep and wet mop with a good old fashioned cotton rag head mop (I even have a pro quality bucket on wheels with the squeegee) for this reason vinyl would be ideal and cork looks like it would survive nicely too.
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Old 12-01-2014, 10:33 AM
 
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No hardwood. Been there, done that. Not paying the flooring guy $$$$ again to R&R after a leak under the sink.

I love rubber floors. They are so comfy under your feet.

I've got tile now. It cleans well, my cats and water don't destroy it.. and it seems the only things I drop aren't breakable to start with. (Typically cat food cans!)

I have gel mats at each work station.

In my dreams I have a restaurant kitchen with drains in the floor and high pressure hoses. That's the way to clean the kitchen floor!
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Old 12-01-2014, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I would never put hardwood in a kitchen because of the water issues and like another poster said I like to mop my floors.

Tile is a good choice for wet rooms but it is very hard on your feet and back. I also don't like the choices.

I really like the vinyl planks for a kitchen. They are softer, waterproof, not so hollow sounding and come in all kinds of styles.
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Old 12-01-2014, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Over yonder a piece
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When we gutted and remodeled our kitchen in 2012 we put down bamboo floors instead of tile (we had laminate over the concrete slab before the remodel). WE LOVE THE BAMBOO. The planks are black, so they do show scratches, but we don't mind them because they eventually go away as the bamboo "heals" itself. The real benefit, though, is that I can now stand in the kitchen for a few hours and NOT have hurting feet at the end of the day.

Despite many beverage spills since installation (thanks, kids!), we have had no issues with stains or warping - one thing we worried about when we decided on bamboo.

I've heard good things about cork but we couldn't find it in the color we wanted for the budget we had. Otherwise we probably would have gotten that.
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Old 12-01-2014, 11:55 AM
 
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When I went to an informational seminar about water damage given by a restoration company, they said that a permeable floor is actually better for them from a remediation standpoint because they can dry the subfloor through the flooring. When the floor is sealed or is non-permeable like linoleum, it's nearly impossible to dry the subfloor if it manages to get wet, and you're much more likely to get mold growth. I've felt a lot better about permeable flooring since then.
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Old 12-01-2014, 01:05 PM
 
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I have tile and I love the look of it, but I've had nothing but trouble with my feet and knees since I've lived here. My podiatrist says that tile is absolutely terrible for you and that I must never walk barefoot on it. I don't personally love wood floors in kitchens, so there needs to be another attractive choice! I hesitate to consider linoleum, but it can look attractive and it's easier on the feet.
We always had hardwood floors throughout the 2 homes we owned. Growing up our parents homes
were also hardwood except the kitchen, it had linoleum. If we buy again and need new flooring,
I would love to have the linoleum shown on the first and second link.
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Old 12-01-2014, 01:08 PM
 
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permeable flooring since then.
What would be permeable?
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Old 12-01-2014, 02:54 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Which do you prefer or think is best?
Tile or hardwood in a kitchen and why would you choose that?
Neither one.

wood + water? are you nuts?
tile + dropped china? are you nuts?

vinyl sheet
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Old 12-01-2014, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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Mr Rational is absolutely right!
Vinyl sheet flooring is the best.
Easy to keep clean, not hard like tile,
if you get a good brand, it'll last for many years.
Pets, kids, hubby, lol, multiple washings, I love it!
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Old 12-01-2014, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Utah
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I prefer vinyl planks or laminate. Not quite as costly or difficult to remove a few pieces from a floating floor if water damage occurs.
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