This might be one of the most asked questions we receive. Kitchen flooring receives more foot traffic, more spills, and is generally cleaned more often. It used to be a foregone conclusion to install linoleum, vinyl, laminate, or ceramic tile, but that's no longer the case.
The world has changed its thinking and you'll see a more diverse selection of kitchen floors than has ever been the case. Green floors like bamboo and cork are becoming extremely popular and the design possibilities are now limitless.
Can I install hardwood in the kitchen?
You certainly can, just be careful about leaving spills for long periods of time. Engineered wood flooring absorbs less moisture and can be an ideal choice for kitchens. Those worried about dishwashers overflowing or pipes bursting shouldn't be too concerned about the damage to the floor. When events like these happen, a homeowner's claim is the best course of action and it's likely there will be more damage than just the floor.
Can I install bamboo in the kitchen?
You certainly can. In fact, bamboo is less absorbent than wood and harder than Red Oak. An ideal choice for kitchens is strand woven bamboo, a floor that's made from shredded bamboo and re-bonded using intense heat and resins. Many of these floors are even commercially rated and very, very tough.
Solid strand woven bamboo that's been carbonized to this beautiful range of caramels.
Can I Install cork in the kitchen?
You certainly can. The nice thing about cork is how it feels, especially after hours spent slaving over a hot meal and standing over a seemingly endless pile of dishes. Cork flooring is naturally resistant to mold and mildew, only requires light sweeping and is very comfortable. It feels warmer than other hard surface floors while also compressing slightly under your weight. It absorbs shock and springs back into place when you move on. This is great for when heavy objects like dishes (which are less likely to break) slip out of our hands.
Like computers, phones, and televisions, flooring is evolving and making tremendous strides in both quality and value. Manufacturers are becoming more efficient and more scientific about how flooring is engineered. More thought than ever before goes into long term durability, ease of maintenance and ease to install.
If you're looking for a new kitchen floor, don't settle for what used to be considered the norm. There's a new norm, and there are a lot more options than the old one.