How to Make a Floor Less Slippery
LESLIE: Now we’re going to go to Oklahoma where Chuck wants to install a ceramic floor.
Chuck, have you started yet?
CHUCK: No, I haven’t started.
TOM: Well, then you called at the right time, Chuck.
CHUCK: What I’m looking at is replacing the one that’s in the house already.
LESLIE: What room is it in?
CHUCK: I guess you would call it an eat-in kitchen; where the kitchen and dining area are …
TOM and LESLIE: OK.
CHUCK: Ceramic floor that’s in there right now is like glazed and every time somebody comes in their with sweat shoes or something, they slip and …
LESLIE: Well, the important thing when you’re selecting a tile for a floor – specifically for a floor – you need to make sure that there’s a – there’s a wall tile ratio and there’s a floor tile ratio and, basically, they’re made in a different way so that the ones on the wall kind of have a slickness to them and the ones for the floor are made so that you don’t slip. So you need to make sure that you’re getting tile that’s made for floor installation purposes itself; before you do anything else. Make sure it’s specifically made for the floor, which will instantly help you from slipping.
TOM: Well Chuck, would you prefer to use something besides tile?
TOM: Well, a good option, if you want to remove the ceramic tile, might be to go with a laminate floor. It’d be appropriate for the kind of area you’re talking about. It’s pretty tough stuff. And if you can deal with the additional thickness, you might even be able to install it on top of the tile without tearing it out. Just be mindful of the dishwasher area so that you don’t sort of box that in. But you know, that’s another option if you’re concerned about the slipperiness of this. Formica floors don’t get slippery when they get wet, so they stay where they have some pretty decent traction. OK, Chuck?
TOM: Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.