Linoleum selection and styling
People repair has long been compared with a natural disaster. However, until recently, I did not take this common expression seriously. Well, what can be an arch of a complex, say, in wallpapering or laying linoleum? An, no! People just won't say that. I was personally convinced of this when my husband and I decided to thoroughly repair the kitchen.Having pretty much suffered from the walls and ceiling, we finally set about the final stage of repair work: laying the flooring. However, to begin with, we had to determine what kind of flooring would we be laying? After wandering through various web resources and visiting several hardware stores, we found that the most common flooring options are: linoleum; - laminate; - parquet; - carpet; - ceramic tiles. Carpet we dropped immediately. Kitchen by definition is not the place for such flooring.Parquet seemed too costly. In addition, in our opinion, it, like more affordable laminate flooring, does not have a high degree of moisture resistance, which is important for a kitchen room. It remained to make a choice between linoleum and ceramic tiles. It was not a big deal. We had the experience of using these types of flooring, so the ceramic tile did not deceive us. Without installing a heating system, the ceramic floor is quite cold. In addition, almost any accidentally dropped thing on such a floor shatters. Guided by these circumstances, we finally and irrevocably decided to take linoleum. However, the question immediately arose how to choose from the many varieties of this flooring the one that suits us exactly? Having interrogated with the predilection of sales consultants, we found out that for the right choice of linoleum you need to pay attention to its characteristics, including: - the class of application; - a scope. The first indicator allows you to judge the durability of the flooring. It is denoted by the numbers 21, 22, 23, 31, 32, 33, 34, 41, 42, 43.In this case, the larger the figure, the stronger the linoleum. The second indicator determines the type of linoleum, depending on where it will be used. In this regard, household, semi-commercial (office) and commercial linoleum are distinguished. As a rule, household linoleum corresponds to class 21, 22 and 23. Semi-commercial - 31-34. Commercial - 41-43. In our case, the decisive factor was that linoleum was planned as a kitchen flooring, so we decided to purchase household linoleum of 23 application classes. The kitchen is a room that is under maximum load, so buying a floor covering of a smaller class of application would be inappropriate. In addition to these indicators, we also paid attention to the structure of linoleum. It turned out that, at the buyer's request, linoleum can be offered to it on a foamed basis (it is distinguished by increased moisture resistance), on a fabric basis (it retains heat well) or without basis (the least durable, but there are practically no signs of wear on it). We opted for linoleum with a fabric base of felt. When the issue with the acquisition was resolved, the most crucial stage in our repair work began - in fact, the process of laying the floor. With family council, we decided not to resort to the help of third-party craftsmen, but to cope on our own with our own hands. Before laying the linoleum, we gave it to rest at room temperature for two days. In parallel, we prepared the floor in the kitchen. It is concrete. We were lucky, having checked the floor surface with a building level, we found that it would not be necessary to level it with the help of a concrete screed, but some roughness would have to be filled. The width of the linoleum almost coincided with the width of the room, so we only needed to trim the excess with a little, however, the condition that there was a gap of 5-10 millimeters between the walls and linoleum (this is necessary to avoid deformation). Frankly, here we made a mistake: we made a “cutting circle” not in the kitchen, but in the hall, where it was more spacious. As a template used old linoleum. However, this should not be done. Adjustment of the floor covering should still be carried out where it will fit.The fact is that the “template” method we used failed. The gap between one of the walls and linoleum turned out to be slightly more than the desired 5-10 millimeters. Since we have a small kitchen area and we didn’t plan to move the furniture on it often, we didn’t stick linoleum all over the surface: we only “planted” liquid nails in several places where there was a risk of touching the edge. In particular, near the door sill. The final touch of laying the flooring was the mounting plinths. So, by trial and error we coped with our "natural disaster" in the kitchen. I hope my modest repair experience will be of some use.
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