Add a New Kitchen Floor

by Jane VanOsdol on September 8, 2011

Kitchens are often the heart of the home, so you want that room to be a comfortable, stylish spot for your friends and family to gather. The flooring that you choose to put down in your kitchen creates part of that ambiance. With options galore in the home improvement field for kitchen flooring, it can be a tough decision to narrow down your favorites to just one. Let’s look at some kitchen flooring choices to see what might be best for you and your family.

  • Bamboo. So many people choose bamboo because not only is it beautiful and durable, but it’s also sustainable. Bamboo differs from traditional hardwoods in that bamboo is actually a grass and can be harvested every five to seven years without replanting. Mature bamboo has an extensive root system that continues to send up new shoots for decades. Hardwoods, on the other hand, can take about 60 years to mature. Bamboo comes in different patterns and plank widths. It is naturally light colored, but it can be stained to a darker color; just be sure you use a low-VOC stain to help maintain bamboo’s green qualities.
  • Flagstone. Flagstone would be beautiful in a rustic style kitchen remodeling project. Being that it’s stone, it is extremely durable. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll probably want to add a cushioned rug to stand on while cooking and doing chores because it is so hard. It’s a pricey choice for your flooring, so weigh your options to see if this is the look you want.
  • Hardwood. With all the sealers on the market, hardwood is a common choice for kitchen use.  You can choose anything from soft pine planks on up to exotic woods like Brazilian cherry and mahogany. You can purchase your hardwood flooring in narrow or wide widths. You can even choose reclaimed woods as a historical and sustainable option.
  • Engineered wood. Engineered hardwood flooring is made from real wood. It’s formed from several layers of boards. The bottom layers of the board are plywood. The top layer of the board is a finished wood that can be from any wood specie of your choosing. It is usually about 1/16” to 1/8” thick. This type of flooring is actually more stable than a solid wood floor because the plywood layer is laid crossways to the top layer. This also means that an engineered hardwood floor is not as susceptible to shrinking and expanding from changes in humidity levels and temperatures. This flooring can be used in any room of the home (including basements), and is perfect for rooms where splashing water may be an issue.
  • Tile. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are popular choices for kitchens because they are stylish, durable customizable. They come in a variety of colors, sizes, patterns and textures. You can also find a price point for every budget.
  • Laminate. Laminate flooring has come a long way in the last several years. Today’s laminates are hard to distinguish from the hardwoods, stone and tile they are made to resemble. Laminate is a breeze to clean and holds up under heavy traffic from kids and pets.

As you decide upon your kitchen flooring choice, consider how much traffic your kitchen sees, if you have children and pets, what your budget is and what kitchen design style you want to evoke. Then pick the choice that best fulfills all those requirements. Enjoy!

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