Kitchen flooring

28 Apr 2016
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United Kingdom
We have recently moved into a 1960's mews house. Previous owner laid a tiled kitchen floor which is now scuffed and several broken tiles and some creaking ones near the sink area and under the fridge. I am uncertain whether to replace with ceramic tiles or with a laminate wood flooring. The floor is presently cold. My daughter swears by laminate!
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I really like stone/tile effect vinyl flooring. Looks just like the real thing, but is so much softer and warmer.
Its a matter of personal choice. There's a growing trend towards laminate or wood in kitchens in spite of the possible consequences from spillage and leaks. Or Karndean as (I think) suggested above although its expensive.
I've got Grant Westfield Twin Stick in my kitchen and bathroom - it's lovely (and waterproof) and very realistic looking (I've got the oak planks) but you can get tile effect as well.

The only problem I've got is since I got my new tumble dryer, the heat from the bottom of it is causing a bit of a bubble but it's not noticeable
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Laminate can be cold, but not as bad as tiles are. But the problem with laminate, is that if it's not waterproof, or waterproofed by the installer, then the first leak from the washing machine etc, will completely ruin it. Have you thought about bamboo planking.
Thank you for your suggestions. The washing machine and dishwasher are in the kitchen. The tumble dryer in a back room. I hadnt considered spillage. I usually have a carpet/mat at the basin area. I know that tiles can also lift if there is a lot of water around and they are not sealed underneath or grouted properly.
Tiles will always be grouted, so unless you've got a flood that last a couple of weeks, there shouldn't be a problem. B&Q have a new click vinyl flooring system that might suit your requirments
Many thanks. We are newly arrived in UK from Zimbabwe and building is so different here. We were brick and concrete under tile. As it is a moderate 20 to 30C all year round we had ceramic and porcelin tiles through out our house which can be wiped over for cleaning and dust.
Some UK houses have solid concrete floors, which are safe to tile though in older houses, or if defective, they may be cold and/or damp. At extra expense they can be heated.

Other UK houses have wooden floors. These are not totally rigid so it is more difficult (though not impossible) to lay tiles without them cracking. If there are pipes or cables underneath homeowners dislike breaking up the tiles for repairs or alterations.

Some houses have chipboard floors. This material is complete rubbish and will not withstand damp, so has a short life in rooms that contain water. It is used because it is cheap and will usually last until the house is sold.

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