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Hardwood Flooring Options for a Kitchen

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    LESLIE: John in Rhode Island has a flooring question. What’s going on at your money pit?

    JOHN: The floor in the kitchen is hardwood. The house was built around 1930.

    TOM: OK.

    JOHN: The hardwood boards, you know, four inches wide approximately?

    TOM: Yes, uh-huh.

    JOHN: But there’s a seam every four inches.

    TOM: OK.

    JOHN: Now, I’m thinking of putting down quarter-inch plywood on top of that …

    TOM: OK.

    JOHN: … before I put down the vinyl tiles.

    TOM: So you want to put vinyl tiles on top of a hardwood floor?

    JOHN: Right. But not on top of the hardwood floor. First, quarter-inch plywood; 4×8 sheets.

    TOM: Yeah, I know but I’m just saying why don’t you want to refinish the hardwood that’s there?

    JOHN: It’s in the kitchen.

    TOM: OK.

    JOHN: And you know, the spillage and all that. You know?

    TOM: Hmm. Alright. There’s a lot of very expensive houses out there, John, that have gorgeous hardwood floors in the kitchen. They just put good finishes on top of them.

    JOHN: Yes, I’ve seen them and, you know, they’re – I agree with that. They look gorgeous. But over the long run, you know?

    LESLIE: A better choice, John, over vinyl might be a laminate. This way you can choose a flooring product that looks like wood or tile or whatever it is that you want it to look like but it’s made, really, for moist situations like a kitchen.

    JOHN: Right.

    LESLIE: So it could work far better. And those are in a floating situation, so you could put that directly on top of this without damaging the hardwood.

    TOM: Yeah, that’s a good point. You could eventually go back to it if you decide you want to have hardwood floors in your future.

    JOHN: Hmm, now – oh, you could undo that, so to speak?

    LESLIE: Oh, yeah.

    TOM: Yes, you could undo it because it floats on top of it.

    LESLIE: Because you don’t glue it down.

    TOM: Mm-hmm.

    JOHN: Oh, alright. Now, what about the – you know, a kitchen has quite a bit of foot traffic.

    TOM: Right.

    JOHN: What about that flooring?

    TOM: It’s incredibly durable stuff. I’ve had laminate floor down in my kitchen for like 10 years now and you can’t wear it out.

    JOHN: Hmm. It sounds good. Maybe I’ll just forget about the plywood.

    TOM: Alright, John. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT. 888-666-3974.

    Seems like such a shame to cover a hardwood floor. I can’t imagine – I’d have a hard time bringing myself to do that.

    LESLIE: Well and especially if he’s going to put a plywood, you know, subfloor, essentially, on top of that. You’re going to have to drill it down. Screw it down.

    TOM: Right. Plus he would run the risk of sort of flooring in his dishwasher and his refrigerator and things like that. (Leslie moans) Just not worth it. I think a laminate’s a good solution if you really don’t want to go hardwood, John. 

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