Whether you’re renovating an old house or building a brand new one, one of the first things to determine is what type of flooring to use. Flooring has become more versatile over the years, with relatively inexpensive materials made to resemble materials that are far pricier. Which type of inexpensive but beautiful flooring should be bought for the kitchen? Here are some suggestions.
According to Green Home Guide, one of the pros of cork is that it’s a sustainable material. It comes from the outer covering of a type of oak tree. Though the outer layer of the tree is harvested every few years, the tree is not killed during the harvesting process. Then the tree simply replaces the old layer by growing a new one. Besides its sustainability and affordability, cork is beautiful and soft. It resists mold and dust and, thanks to a natural insect repellent, discourages pests. The cons of cork are that its softness makes it more vulnerable to damage, and it needs to be protected from heavy furniture with coasters or plywood planks.
Cement is no longer the hard, featureless expanse of gray that many people associate it with. Cement can be stained, dyed, and stamped, though some people love the industrial appearance of unadorned cement flooring. According to JC Wiley & Sons, the most significant benefit of using cement as the flooring in your kitchen is that it’s likely to be the least expensive option. Other benefits are that it is very durable and easy to maintain. Unlike cork, it is not subject to dings or scratches. Cement floors need to be sealed since cement is porous, and, because it’s heavy, you need to make sure that the subfloor beneath it can bear its weight. Cement is also hard on feet and dropped glassware and ceramics.
The very name of this type of flooring reveals one of its benefits. Resilient flooring is durable, but Liquid Elements says that with its durability comes a softness that makes it comfortable to stand on. One of the really great benefits of resilient flooring is that it doesn’t need to be sealed and can be made to look and even feel like exotic wood or natural stone. One of the cons of a resilient floor is that if it comes in sheets it needs to be cut precisely, so installation needs to be done by a professional.
These are only three of the inexpensive materials you can use for kitchen flooring. Whether you are concerned about the cost of the materials or the environmental impact, you will be certain to find the right selection for you. All of them are good choices that, with care, should last at least as long as the house itself.
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