Flooring and Carpeting floating or glue down, wood flooring product, vinyl tile

Flooring and Carpeting floating or glue down, wood flooring product, vinyl tile

Flooring and Carpeting /floating or glue down

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Thanks, Perry. I don’t understand enough about this site to know who I should ask about laminates. Any suggestions? (btw, I like the look of real tile and stone, too. It’s just too hard to stand on for hours (which we do when we cook a lot). Rubber mats, perhaps? smile Dirk

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Thanks very much. Very helpful. You mentioned Kahrs wood flooring product. We really don’t want wood in the kitchen. While we like wood very much, we have bare wood (oak) floors with area rugs throughout the rest of the house. Do you have recommendations for low-luster floating laminate floors in a stone or slate pattern? Price is less of a determinant than the final look and the performance. Dirk

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We’re replacing the kitchen floor. We’re interested in a «stone» or «ceramic tile» look. But stone is too hard and cold (we do a lot of cooking!) Most of the vinyl we’ve seen has an unnatural shiny finish, except some from Metroflor. Two questions: First, is there a particular reason to choose glue down vs. floating floors? Any opinion about which is better? Second, do you have any opinions about Solidity «resilient ceramic tile» from Metroflor? Thanks very much.

Flooring and Carpeting floating or glue down, wood flooring product, vinyl tile

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Thank you for your question Dirk,

I am not a big fan of Vinyl Dirk. nothing personal but I have never liked it much. It is a functional material but I have never seen a vinyl floor that didn’t remind you that it was a vinyl floor everyday after a couple years. Most of the products that you have seen with the shiny finish are counting on that «shiny finish» which is all that stands between your feet and the body of the vinyl itself not a lot of protection there. The Solidity Series from Metroflor is «not» resilient Ceramic Tile. it is a resilient vinyl Tile that «looks» like a Ceramic Tile. It is installed just as you would install any vinyl square according to their product information. I have installed many thousands of sq ft back in my Commercial days of Tarkett vinyl but none with Metroflor. Installing vinyl was a necessary evil while doing Women’s Clothing storerooms. Now floating floors are quite different Dirk and have a European flavor as across the «pond» when they decide to move to another house they will often take their floating floor right along with them as they go. They are good performers and easier on the feet and back than vinyl. I have experience with Kahrs wood flooring a great product but not cheap so you will have to research the many options with that kind of material along with Pergo and the like. I hope this helps you Dirk with your project, feel free to return anytime.

Perry V.

I understand your concerns with the Kahrs as it is a «real» wood material subject to every problem that conventional wood flooring experiences. I hate to say it Dirk but when it comes to things outside of my forte’ which is Natural Stone and Ceramic Tile and the rest of hard surface lot I am as overwhelmed as the average inquisitor when it comes to floating laminate flooring. I have seen a product this «latest» year at my Local Home Improvement Center that was a Ceramic Tile mounted to an underlayment you set down and then caulked a joint between the two to complete a floor. it looked dreadful to me. I have spent my whole career learning and excelling with in the Hard Surface Industry a fixed floor so I don’t seem to have the resources to fully help you my friend. To me nothing comes close to a Natural Stone floor no matter if it is cold or hard whatever. visually it gets me, it always has, always will. My dad wanted me to be really good at one thing rather than be average in many so Tile is what I am really good at. I have to apologize Dirk I am not able to get it done for you. There are other guys here in the flooring section that may be able to help you further. Feel free though to return anytime. I’ll be here.


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