Q: I am on the fence about wood flooring vs. tile in my kitchen. Is there a type you would recommend? We live in South Texas, it gets crazy hot; solid foundation for the house. I worry about spills with kids.
A: I’m rather partial to quarter sawn white oak for durability and stability. I would not install factory finish in a kitchen setting because all the board edges are exposed to liquid seepage between boards. Square edged, site finish is the better way to go in a kitchen setting. No flooring type is perfect. Tiles are better in a wet environment, which hopefully your kitchen isn’t. But they can chip if something heavy is dropped on them. Wood will dent. But over long periods of time with constant pounding, wood floors can be re-finished. Tile would have to be replaced.
Wood flooring underlay paper
I am installing a hardwood floor in both of my bedrooms. I have a subfloor down. Is there anything else that I might need to put down prior to laying the hardwood?
Saving old wood floor covered with tile
Q: We have a 100 year old house. The entrance way has wood floor, with very old tile on top. We want to save the wood floor. What can be done? A: A number of issues arise here. How do you know the floor is thick enough to be sanded?…
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Kitchen flooring and cabinets
Should cabinets be installed on top of the hardwood flooring? I have heard different opinions and don't know which is correct.
We have a tile down the front hallway and wood almost everywhere else. Is it possible to lift the tile and replace it with the hardwood flooring we have left over from the doing the rest of the house?