Diy Kitchen Floors

DIY kitchen floors need to be practical and safe, but this doesn't mean they shouldn't be goodlooking as well. DIY kitchen floors take more of a beating than any other floor, because the kitchen is a utilitarian room that is in contact use. This is why durability is so important. There are many different materials you can choose from, although the structure of your floor will help you decide what you need for your DIY kitchen floors.

When we talk about structure, we mean how the floor has been constructed. So first ascertain whether your kitchen floor is on a concrete slab or whether it has suspended wooden floorboards. If you have a timber floor structure, with floorboards that are suspended above the level of the ground, it is not a good idea to tile the floor. But if you are going to be working on a screeded concrete base, then you can opt for just about any of the flooring materials available, except wall-to-wall carpeting, which isn't a good idea in a kitchen.

Suitable flooring for DIY Kitchen Floors includes:

- roll-down vinyl or linoleum that is glued to the floor screed,
- vinyl tiles that are quick and easy to stick onto a floor screed,
- suitable ceramic tiles, manufactured for use on the floor, that are laid using a special tile adhesive,
- quarry tiles and other clay tiles that are laid using a cement-based adhesive or laid in mortar,
- brick paving laid on mortar,
- timber floorboards that should be sealed for protection,
- traditional stone slabs or lookalike stone slabs that are also laid in mortar, and
- marble, which is hard-wearing, but very expensive and slippery when wet.

Generally tiles are the most popular option, although vinyl and lino are considerably cheaper and also easier to lay the tiles.

If yours is a new kitchen, and your floor slabs are concrete, you will first have to ensure that the surface is correctly screeded before you lay the floor finish (tiles, vinyl and so on). Usually the builder will do the screeding, which involves laying suitably mixed mortar (sand, cement and enough water to make it malleable) over the rough concrete surface and then trowelling it to create a nice, smooth surface. If it is properly done, you could even choose to paint your DIY kitchen floor.

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