One of the best ways to update our kitchen is changing your kitchen flooring. Depending on your budget, time-commitment, and taste, you can find flooring that exceeds your expectations, but doesn't break the bank.
Choose kitchen flooring based on function as well as kitchen design. And, make sure your kitchen flooring is easy to clean. In most cases, you can install a new floor over an old floor if the sub-flooring is in good condition. You can also add a floor heating system to warm up the tile on cold mornings. If you've never installed hardwood or ceramic flooring, consult a local contractor.
Here's a look at some pros and cons of various flooring materials for your kitchen renovation:
Most similar to hardwood, bamboo floors are eco-friendly for the kitchen. They're water-resistant and don't warp like wood. Cork is tough and is a good insulator of sound and heat. Along with bamboo and rubber, it's completely renewable, and, therefore, is a green flooring product. Installed cork runs around the same price as hardwood, whereas bamboo is one to three dollars more per square foot. Rubber floors are available in a variety of colors and textures, including recycled rubber and speckled styles.
Nowadays, you're not limited to laminate and vinyl floors when remodeling your kitchen. Shop around, and match material to your design--it's the first step in the right direction.