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How to finish a floor?
2012-06-28 14:16

 Should a floor differ from the one a living room?
There should be solid and dirt resistant floor in the kitchen, while in a living room, on the contrary, the a floor should match the furniture, in most cases made from wood. Still the same material can be used in both, the kitchen and the living room. Check out the experts’ opinions.
Many people got used to have their kitchen and living room as two different places. And what about the other rooms? There are different materials used in most of them too. However, what can one do when there are two adjacent areas? As an example, there should be mentioned a situation when the kitchen is adjacent to the living room or a dining room, which is often not divided or separated by a wall or a fence. One may consider applying the same material in both areas, the question whether it is worth doing or not.

 Should the floor in the kitchen and in the living room be the same?
Should the floor in the kitchen and in the living room be the same? Any material used in these rooms should combine the following characteristics: waterproof, resilience, anti-soaking and wet resistant. Among the materials which can be applied for such floor there are ceramics, stone and wood, but it is important to remember that only chosen pieces of mentioned materials will match the best the conditions of the kitchen. Good resistance again dirty spots can provide materials like ceramic floor tiles, terracotta or strong granite. Marble containing popred or hard travertine, even after polishing, can get dirty. Applying wood in the kitchen, one should select solid species, for instance afzelia, merbau, iroko. Choosing dual and more layered elements, which are often recommended by manufacturers. The method used in wood protection is also important. Cleaning off lacquered surface is easier than pulling off dirt from some oiled surface. However, not all ways of lacquering are the same since modern substances used in lacquer production are combined with UV rays which better protect surfaces from changing the colour shades. Although wooden panels may seem more delicate than those made from ceramics, they both suit for the kitchen and the living room. Floor tiles can definitely better protect from water, that is why wooden panels contain seven layer of lacquer in order to be water resistant enough.
Should the floor tiles be impregnated?
It should be done if the tiles are made from natural materials. The gaps between the tiles tend to collect water and dirt that is why it is worth impregnating them. Impregnating does not require unpolished tiles which are similar to granite in terms of hardness. It is not necessary to protect ceramic and vitreous tiles, since ceramic tiles are very pressed and the vitreous tiles are protected with glass layers.

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