Laminate has five year life span? Gee, mine is 12 years old and still looks great, but then I treat it with care (dry Swiffer most of the time, and Bona or a vinegar/water damp mopping once a week). During the five years when our dogs spent time inside, we did put down an area rug to stop the slip and slide. Oh, we do have forced air heat, do not throw our chef's knives on the floor and generally do not drop great amount of sticky liquids. Corey must have some very sloppy clients.
We demand a lot from our floors. They’re battered from below with electric radiant heat and from above with shoes and pet’s claws, they constantly have sharp utensils and sticky liquids dropped on them, and they’re scoured with harsh cleaners. Yet even given all of this abuse, we still expect them to look shiny and new. Though there are numerous choices of flooring, when assessing performance, looks, and application, there are definitely some options that come out ahead of the others. Following is a line-up of some of the most popular flooring types out there, ranked from good to better to best.
Looks like Corey is getting beat up.
My family has owned a floor covering store since my father and grandfather started in 1947. Here are a few more revised points:
Linoleum comes in rolls 2 meters (79") wide, not 54".
Cork floors need to be very smooth without dips in the subfloor to prevent the cork corners from popping up.
Engineered wood has a top layer of 1/16" - 3/16" with an overall thickness between 1/2" - 3/4". The reduced overall thickness is ideal for apartments with a metal front door that cannot be cut down. Pre-finished wood saves the hassle of multiple days of staining, drying and sanding, along with the tedious, often meticulous re-staining process of getting the color exactly right. The thickest top layer of engineered wood is nearly the same thickness as tongue-and-groove solid wood. Engineered wood can be installed loose over a soft pad (to reduce noise) for the easiest, less expensive floor. Some products can be glued along the edges of the planks for more solidity. Engineered wood can also be glued or nailed for the most solid application.
Slate, in it's more natural, layered state is called - cleft. This rougher texture is ideal for bathrooms.
Mark Rosenhaus, CKD, Mark@RosenhausKitchenDesign.com
This advice seems questionable to me. First, the focus seems to be on what lasts longer--there is no discussion of what floors are more comfortable to stand on. Second, the person glosses over the potential for water damage to hardwood floors (inferring not likely to happen). Most important, everyone we spoke to disagreed about the final advice--when best to install. We were advised it is more expensive to install the floor first, the floor may get damaged during kitchen construction and, most important, if you want to remove the flooring to replace with a different flooring, this may be difficult or impossible to do if the flooring extends under the existing cabinets without removing/replacing the cabinets. Also, we wanted cork flooring, but were advised it was likely to fade if subject to direct light. So there are a lot of factors not addressed in this article.
If you have unlimited funds, solid hardwood, of course. Think you are giving short shrift to the new vinyl planks that are out there. They stand up to almost everything, are much easier to maintain than stone or for anything that has grout lines. And they can look and feel like whatever they are mimicing. And they are easier on feet, knees and rug rats of human or animal type. Check out earthwerks.
We also went with earthwerks vinyl planks for the reasons stated. Not cheap, but hope they last well.
You say laminate is good for kitchen but will bow and warp if water is left standing. Sounds like POOR choice for a kitchen floor.
Um, I don't understand your statement here. Good - Laminate? is this a mistake? your text says laminate is bad. Which is it? This is not a "fool proof guide" to kitchen flooring.
stone and tile looks great but gosh it is tough for standing on if you really like to cook a lot. Everything that is glass or breakable is a goner as soon as it hits a tile floor. Looks good but just not pleasant for use imo.
I would like to know if bamboo can be used in a cold northern climate?