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Posted: June 17, 2009 11:24 AM

I'm choosing a kitchen floor for a very modern kitchen to be done in stainless steel,
gray aluminum cabinets, white cabinets, touches of birch. I want to replace the vinyl tile that's on the concrete slab floor and put in a foam backing as I want a soft floor because I go to chiropractor for bad back (lumbar, or lower spine). Is porcelain tile difficult to stand on for long periods (cooking)? I don't mind if it's cold. I do mind it it is hard and there is a softer, easier on back and legs, material available. I was thinking of hardwood (have birch trim in kitchen) but understand birch is a soft wood. Also, I have
three cats who have their litter box and food in this 11' by 8' Eat In Kitchen. Kitties often slobber their wet food outside their bowls. What's easiest to clean up when the food sticks? Porcelain, laminate or hardwood floor? Which kind of floor can be put on top of a foam underpining? I heard laminate can be done this way. Any other floor to be put on top of foam? And will the foam make it feel softer underfoot? Thanks for your help!
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Posted: June 17, 2009 8:56 PM

RE: Which kitchen floor for bad back and standing?
Hello, thanks for posting. Porcelain tile is an excellent choice for wet areas such as a kitchen. It is very stain and water resistant, and much tougher than ceramic tile so it is generally less prone to chipping. It is, however, very hard and offers no cushion. If you went with porcelain tile, you could always use high pile throw rugs in the areas you might be standing for long periods of time, such as in front of your stove or sink. Just be sure to use ones with rubber backing so they don't slip. As to which flooring cleans up the easiest, I believe they would be about the same, but at least with porcelain, you can use a good deal of water for cleanup unlike laminate or hardwood.

I know laminate is generally used with a foam underlayment which are sold in various degrees of cushioning which will allow for some give. This website has some great information on the various types of flooring available. I suggest clicking on the flooring links under "Flooring Types" in the upper left hand column of this site.

Please let us know if we can help you further. Thanks again.
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Posted: June 18, 2009 1:22 AM

RE: Which kitchen floor for bad back and standing?
Michael has many good points here.  To add to what he has said, have you considered cork flooring?  Cork is resilient and is my #1 choice for kitchen flooring. Then again, I am thecorkguy so I might be a little biased, but let me tell you why I recommend it for your situation.

First, you obviously need something soft underfoot.  Cork is the perfect solution for this as you can feel slight give when it is stepped on, unlike hardwood, laminate, or porcelain tiles which are solid.  This is great for your cooking or washing dishes for a long period of time.

Additionally, cork is hypoellergenic and water resistant.  Most spills will wipe up easily. 

There are tons of different shades available.  I think it would look great if you found a shade to match the touches of birch in your kitchen.

All of that said, there are excellent cork products that will last you for years to come, and others that aren't so reliable.  If you use the cork buyers guide at this link it will help you choose the right cork, if that is what you choose to do.

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