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Choosing the Best Flooring: Unique Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

Choosing the Best Flooring: Unique Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

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November 10, 2009

Flooring: Unique Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

If you're remodeling and trying to figure out what flooring is right for your kitchen, it can be difficult to choose. There are many options, and you'll want to select the one that not only looks best, but also supports your cooking and eating habits and your goal for the remodel, be it comfort, efficiency, or resale value. And how do you make your home unique? Well, if you're wondering whether to choose traditional or nontraditional kitchen flooring materials, read on to learn the basics and get some ideas about not-so-typical kitchen floors.

  • Concrete: A kitchen flooring choice that is gaining popularity, concrete is durable, easy to clean, and doesn't attract allergens. It can be stained almost any color or pattern. It is heat-resistant, so it can help keep your kitchen comfortable, even in the midst of an all-day Thanksgiving cooking frenzy.
  • Cork: A relative newcomer in the world of flooring ideas, cork is both naturally antimicrobial and cushiony. It costs a little more than most hardwoods, but is very ecologically friendly. It is available in pre-finished tiles that are naturally slip-resistant.
  • Brick: If you like the feel and the durability of tile, but want a unique look or style, then consider brick or brick pavers. If you have pets or kids, you'll be happy to know that brick flooring is virtually indestructible and hides dirt well.
  • Rubber: Rubber flooring is easy to clean, environmentally friendly (it's often made from recycled tires), and very durable. If you love cooking and find yourself spending a lot of time in the kitchen, be aware that rubber's natural give makes it easier than brick or concrete on your back and feet.

Do-It-Yourself Kitchen Flooring?

Once you've reviewed kitchen remodeling pictures and chosen your flooring, you'll want to consider whether to install it yourself or hire a contractor to do it. If you're generally handy around the house, good with tools, can follow specific directions carefully and are able to pay attention to detail, you can probably install your kitchen flooring yourself, or use a contractor just as a consultant. If, however, you are installing a complicated flooring pattern, have no home improvement experience, or are able to research and pay for a contractor, you might want to have an expert to complete it for you.

Regardless of the details of your kitchen remodeling ideas, educating yourself about different flooring options can give you a clearer picture of your end goal and result in the kitchen of your dreams.

About the author: Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has both owned and rented homes and enjoys research, home improvement, and teaching piano lessons.

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