If you’re considering remodeling your kitchen, there are plenty of materials for flooring but choosing the right one can be a tricky process. You’ll want something that is both affordable and timeless so you don’t need to worry about installing new floors years later.
While bamboo has certainly been a popular floor trend in the past, the array of colors and styles has rapidly grown in recent years. Strand-woven bamboo uses inner fibers making them twice as durable as standard bamboo. This material now comes in wide-plank styles to give the illusion of hardwood floors.
If you’re looking for the “hand-hewn” look, reclaimed wood is the best option. Since this is factory finished wood, it can easily withstand moisture fluctuations than standard wood flooring.
There has been an explosive amount of sizes, shapes, materials and patterns when it comes to the world of tile. Large-format tiles have grown in popularity, coming in sizes of 12” x 24” and 36” x 36”; these stray away from the typical 12” x 12” tiles. One of the major benefits of having such large sized tiles is that there is more tile surface and less grout.
Cork is a perfect insulator and is significantly more comfortable to walk on than regular hardwood. New factory finishes have been produced, leaving cork extremely durable and coming in a wide variety of colors. However, cork can be damaged by moisture and will fade if exposed to sunlight.
American hardwood is still going strong! When it comes to cork and bamboo, the materials need to be shipped from other parts of the world but hardwoods can be bought from forests in the U.S. It’s quite easy to purchase oak, hickory, maple, and heart pine.
Concrete is no longer associated with swanky New York penthouses. Now, concrete can be seen in all types of homes and there is a multitude of colors and finishes available. The surface is hard, however, so it’s not too comfortable to walk on.