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Question DetailsAsked on 9/18/2014

best kitchen flooring on concrete pad

Have older house built on concrete pad and tile cracked after 8 yrs and vinyl after 3 years separated.Need expert advice

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Since you have had cracking recently it is pretty evident you have slab movement on-going - which would indicate either a no-glue vinyl sheet flooring, or a floating floor system would be your best bet.

No-glue vinyl or linoleum is kept from curling by only edge gluing or edge trim strips, but if you gouge into it dragging a chopping block or something across it, you can bulge it up or tear it, so I personally do not like it but some people love it. The vinyl is more resistant to this type of damage than vinyl, but both have a tendency to creep and bulge if not glued down under the total surface.

A floating system like a laminate floor would avoid the separation issue and cracks will not reflect through it, but if you have a flood form dishwasher overflow or piping failure and water gets under it, it is pretty much trashed.

It is possible to put down a wood subfloor over the concrete and then floor on top of that with pretty much anything, but that raises your floor level quite a bit and makes for a high transition at the next room,, plus runs the risk of accumulating moisture fromthe slab in the subfloor.

Personally, if I were in your situation I think I would go with floating totally plastic (no wood at all) snap-joint flooring like some of Pergo's flooring, so if it gets water under it you can just take it up and dry it out, then put it back down. If you do that get an extra box or so, because a few pieces will be damaged in taking it up.

Alternatively, though obviously very hard to walk on, if the cracking is pretty minimal, you could epoxy the cracks and then go with a stained or polished concrete surface as the finish surface.

Of course, if you are having significant, growing cracks then you need to consider WHY - especially if you live in a sinkhole area or on a hillside and the cracking might be indicative of ground movements that could become more serious structurally.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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