A New Floor for Your New Kitchen
Some people put in new flooring in their kitchen as a part
of a large, extensive remodeling project. Others make the
floor a stand-alone project. That's the nice thing about kitchen
floors: You can do it either way you want. But no matter how
you decide to do it, if you choose the right materials and
the right design, this can be a sure way to bring new pizzazz
to the kitchen. Here are some tips for when you decide to
tackle this task.
First, examine your old floor. One helpful fact is that you
often will not even need to take out the old flooring, provided
it's in good shape. So check it out and decide if you think
it needs to be removed. Remember, though, that your kitchen
will connect to other rooms, so make sure that when you put
down the new floor, the connecting surfaces are even. If not,
you'll need to tear out the old floor.
people choose to use vinyl flooring in their kitchen, so
we'll look at this type as our primary example. If you choose
vinyl, buy it in sheets. You'll also need to buy adhesive.
Don't just use any adhesive; instead, use whatever kind
the flooring manufacturer recommends, as it can seriously
affect how well the flooring lays.
make a template of paper of your floor's length, width,
and perimeter. Using that template, place the vinyl on top
of it and cut it according to this pattern. Be sure to allow
an extra five percent on all sides for cutting and waste.
in some cases, it might be wise to leave even more excess,
just so you can easily match the pattern as you want it.
amateur would think that it's now time to put down the adhesive.
Wrong: That could be a sure path to ruining your project.
Instead, before putting down the adhesive, take all of your
pieces and do a "test fit." Place them as you
know they will go on the floor, but without adhesive just
to ensure that they fit. Only when you're positive they
fit should you put down your adhesive. Work the vinyl piece
down completely and then go on to the next piece. Continue
in this manner for all of the vinyl pieces. Be sure to allow
some overlap on your first piece, where your seam is to
get something to use as a straight edge, and lay it along
the vinyl overlap and line it with your seam. Cut down the
two pieces of vinyl, down one end to the other. When you
have all pieces in place, get rid of all the scrap pieces.
Then you can use a roller to put adhesive on the edges,
and finally press the seams together firmly to create a
might be that you only need to create a bond on the vinyl
at the seams and edges. If this is true in your case, just
lay a sheet of vinyl so that it fits well into the corners.
Then cut the seam and smear adhesive under the seam, and
then press down on the edges to create your seal.
incidentally, if you're one of those who would prefer a
hard wood or ceramic floor rather than vinyl, just consult
the instructions that the manufacturer provides. Remember,
though, that with these kinds of floors, you'll have to
put in a little more mark and time. Plus a slightly higher
level of expertise is needed. Therefore, you either want
to consult a professional for tips, or perhaps hire a pro
to do the whole project.
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