Many times when a kitchen is getting remodeled, the flooring is overlooked (often because of budget) – and once the project is complete, the job loses its newly added luster because of a bad-looking floor. And that's a shame when you consider how nice that kitchen could really look. The flooring could be the icing on the cake. Ignoring the floor kind of defeats the whole purpose of the kitchen remodel. After all, which part of that room really takes a beating? The floor, of course.
There are a variety of materials available for kitchen floors besides the usual, ordinary linoleum or vinyl. There are ceramic tile kitchen floors, laminate kitchen floors and kitchen wood floors or hardwood floors for kitchens.
Laminate kitchen floors or laminate wood floors are an affordable option if you're looking for something a little more sophisticated. The nice thing about laminate flooring is that when it is properly installed, it has the appearance of wood. It is also available in a number of wood-like finishes in order to imitate the real thing. The big advantage to a laminate floor versus a hardwood floor is that the laminate is more durable and water resistant.
When it comes to adding both elegance and value to your home, there is no better flooring than ceramic tile. Despite the addition of value to the home, there is a higher cost involved to install this type of flooring. The advantages of ceramic tile for the kitchen are that it won't burn, fade, stain or be affected by mildew. Additionally, it is not affected by moisture like some other types of kitchen flooring. Finally, as well as adding class to the kitchen and the home, it will outlast most other types of flooring.
Wood flooring is no doubt the cream of the crop where beauty and class are concerned, as well as adding value to any home. There are basically four types of wood floors:
- Engineered Flooring – parquet, plank or strip
- Solid parquet flooring
- Solid plank flooring
- Solid strip flooring
All four of these types of wood floors can be purchased in either pre-finished or unfinished form. There are three different ways in which to install wood flooring: by floating, gluing or nailing.