So, you’re redoing your kitchen. You’ve picked out the perfect appliances, some super-chic cabinets, and a backsplash to die for but you’re stuck on flooring. Flooring is hard enough to figure out in other rooms of the house but picking out the perfect floor for your kitchen can be overwhelming. Do you sacrifice style for durability? Value for comfort? And with so many options out there, where do you even start?
Looking for something a bit more contemporary? Then concrete flooring just might be for you. It’s durable and comes in a variety of finishes. It can be a relatively cheap option per square foot; however, certain finishes can add on to the prep work, bumping it up to almost the mid-thirties. The downside of concrete flooring is that it conducts the cold very well, meaning that wintertime might now be your favorite time of year to cook. Concrete floors also need resealing from time to time. Overall, concrete flooring is beautiful, customizable, and extremely durable but it can be a pain to stand on for long periods of time, especially if there’s a chill in the air.
If you prefer the look of wood but you’re looking for a sustainable option, then bamboo might be right for you. Bamboo is eco-friendly, not much pricier than laminate wood per square foot, and, depending on the quality, very tough. The downside of bamboo is that not all bamboo is made equally. Softer wood can dent very easily but if you’re still interested, your best bet is to find a quality brand with a very long warranty.
If you’re looking for something a little different, you might be interested in cork flooring. There are plenty of perks with cork: it’s padded, anti-microbial, insulates against the elements and even noise (if you plan on belting out some tunes while cooking), and easy enough to install yourself. Oh, and it’s extremely affordable. Much as with bamboo, the major downside is that not all cork is equal. Before you jump on the bandwagon, make sure that the cork has a durable, moisture-repellant finish or there might be a lot of stains and mold in your future. Cork is a wonderful alternative for a low-budget remodel but make sure that you grab a few extra tiles because it can get banged up easily.
It’s an oldie but goodie and comes in a variety of patterns and designs. You can even get the tile that resembles wood. It’s an easy-to-clean, low-maintenance option. It’s a little bit pricier per square foot and you’ll definitely want a professional to install it. While it is easy to clean, you do have to be wary of your grout lines; they are harder to clean and can stain depending on the type of grout.`
This offers all the beauty of real wood with none of the cost or maintenance. Laminate wood has a hard top but it’s soft underneath (and can be made even more comfortable with an extra layer of foam padding). It comes in a variety of finishes and if you don’t like it after a few years, it’s super easy to change it out and it won’t put a huge dent in your wallet if you do. It’s also fairly durable and easy to clean. The downside is that laminate wood can detract from the value of your home because it’s not real wood. And, because it’s not real, you won’t have the option to refinish it after years of wear and tear. However, it’s affordable, it’s easy to clean, and you’ll never need to worry about pesky splinters.
Let’s be honest; everyone wants real wood in his or her home. And, while it is easy to clean and refinish and adds that extra bit of money towards resale value, wood can be extremely pricey to install and upkeep. Particularly if you live in a very humid area, you’ll need to make sure to reseal your hardwood floors with some frequency to prevent warping.
Real wood is beautiful and if you take proper care of it, it can be a wonderful addition to your home and add a lot of value.