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Old May 23, 2013, 03:45 PM   #1
SylviaR
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Congoleum DuraCeramic or Armstrong Alterna for my kitchen


Hi there, I am trying to decide between Congoleum DuraCeramic and Armstrong Alterna for my kitchen, entryway and bathroom. I have asked the supplier/installer to grout the tile, now after reading other posts on this forum I am leery of the grout cracking. Is this under warranty, and if so, for how long? I would also like opinions as to what grout to use: I have narrowed down my flooring to the 15 inch tiles, Congoleum DuraCeramic Midnight Grey, and Armstrong Alterna in the Mesa Stone Charcoal. My kitchen is filled with honey oak cupboards, oak trim, and the flooring will be laid next to honey oak flooring in the doorways (2). I have black granite Galaxy which has gold/copper flecks to complement the oak. Also have a black/brown/gray backsplash which is why I am leaning toward the gray flooring.

Please advise - Armstrong or Congoleum, and which type of grout, in what color. Any opinion and help would be most appreciated! (also, there was no mention of a sub-floor)

One more question: do the appliances have to stay off the floor for 24 - 48 hours?

Thanks very much (in advance) for your help!!

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Old May 23, 2013, 10:02 PM   #2
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I haven't had any problems with grout cracking, but I stick with 1/16" spacers, which give you a finished grout line of about 1/8".

Either of your choices should be fine, as far as subfloor, you didn't say if you were on a concrete slab or wood subfloor. I would ask if they are planning to lay over the existing flooring? Also, make sure you understand everything that will or not will be done.

As far as moving the appliances, I try to grout those areas as soon as I can. Usually the grout is set enough to move things back in once the process is complete, as long as care is taken.r

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Old May 25, 2013, 03:48 AM   #3
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I also like the grouted tile, grout cracking is probably due to subfloor movement where problems were not corrected, we have grouted plenty over concrete with no issues, it is not the product(grout)
As Steve says about appliances etc. if you know what your doing you can place them back in place right after grouting, the tile is set on pressure sensitive adhesive so more pressure sets it better hence rolling with 100lb roller.
Color I don't get into much, I'm not a fan of grey but I have seen duraceramic with grays in it and it looks natural(stone)
We use 1/8" grout joints which make the tile more 3 dimensional, I may try 1/16" haven't really thought about it but grouting is more realistic than butting together and applying sealer.

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