Anything but Vinyl! Hot Newcomer Materials in Kitchen Flooring

From on April 13, 2010 in Kitchen Remodel

Say goodbye to tacky linoleum and aged vinyl flooring. There are some new materials on the block and they won’t be moving out anytime soon. Check out these trends in kitchen flooring and learn how to really set your stylish dwelling apart from the rest. kitchen flooring wood

Wood Flooring

Though wood flooring began popping up in kitchens across the country quite some time ago, it has recently taken center stage again. Part of the reason for this is an increase in open floor plans. Instead of creating an obvious transition between the kitchen and living room, more homeowners are using wood throughout both spaces. This creates a clean, polished look.

Flooring experts suggest choosing a wood that doesn’t require a finish in order to avoid waxing. It is also more durable for high-traffic areas.

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Bamboo, Palm & Cork

And of course, if regular wood flooring doesn’t speak to you, homeowners are now using new wood materials for a different, more comforting feel. Bamboo and palm wood are not only environmentally friendly, they naturally have more give and are easier to walk on. Cork flooring can also look just as stylish, but feels softer and won’t scratch or scuff as easily as regular wood.

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Brick Flooring

While it may seem more like a building material for the exterior of the home, brick can actually be a warm kitchen flooring option as well.

Brick pavers (aka clay tiles) maintain the look of brick but can be installed and used similarly to tile. They also come in a variety of colors and can be laid in different patterns. Better yet, they’re perfect for those who need tough flooring, as they hide hiding dirt, stains and scuffs incredibly well.

Rubber Flooring

If you’re looking for low-maintenance flooring that can ease back pain as well, rubber may be just the thing for you. It’s been used in kitchens for years, but hasn’t been integrated into the residential market until just recently.

Not only is it an interesting design choice, but it’s a green addition considering that it is constructed primarily from recycled tires. There are a multitude of color options to choose from and the material comes in either rolls or tiles.

Concrete Flooring

Into customization? The stand-out choice is concrete flooring. Concrete can be stained in a wide array of colors with a hydrochloric acid. Since the color seeps into the material instead of sitting on top, it is resistant to chipping or cracking.

Another reason to bring this outdoor material in: it’s probably already under your existing flooring. Removed the top layers and the concrete can be refurbished to your satisfaction. It’s also perfect for radiant heating and will keep your kitchen at a comfortable temperature.

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Now who said you didn’t have choices? Don’t be so quick to pick that vinyl, and you’ll be ecstatic with the results.