One of the best places to show off your DIY skills is in the kitchen where the floor takes a daily beating. No room gets more spills, splatters and stains. Finding an inexpensive flooring option is very doable and we’re here to help you find the perfect one.
Don’t Let So Many Choices Floor You
If you’re getting overwhelmed by the vast array of flooring choices and are not sure which material is right for you, let your budget and the style of your kitchen narrow down your options. Here are a few possibilities to consider:
- Tiles – Terra Cotta, ceramic
- Travertine tiles
- Laminated hardwood
Hardwoods Add Warmth to a Room
Hardwoods are very popular in kitchen design right now. Wood adds warmth to a room and comes in a multitude of widths, colors and textures. Today’s pre-finished hardwoods have an average of eight coats of finish baked on, so it can take wear and tear.
Easy Hardwood Installation
Tongue and groove hardwood flooring is easy to install using the right equipment. Rent a flooring nail gun so the nails go in at the proper angle. Hardwoods like Teak require special nails due to their hardness. The wrong nails can bounce off and damage the flooring.
Laminates Install in a Snap
Laminates also come in a tongue and groove system that snaps together. These floating floor installations can go in over your existing flooring or subfloor. A vapor barrier or underlay put down first will help protect against moisture.
Tile Floors – A Great High Traffic Solution
Tiles are easy to clean, scratch resistant and great for high traffic areas. To install make sure your subfloor is level by using a self-leveling compound. Tiles will crack if the subfloor moves or is un-level, so choose a tile size that can help you avoid this. Depending on your choice of tiles, you will need to seal it once a year to avoid staining.
Think Outside the Box for Your Floor Update
Hardwoods, laminates or tiles not what you’re looking for? Try thinking outside the box and consider one of these ideas:
- Rubber Flooring – If you do a lot of cooking you’ll love these pliable floors. They are durable and are available in custom colors.
- Painted Laminate Floors – Use painter’s tape to block off a chevron pattern or stripes and apply your favorite colors. Seal with polyurethane when dry.
- Concrete – Rehab your concrete subfloor with a thin layer of concrete. Treat it with an acid stain to get a permanent, non-fading color.
- Epoxy Coating – Coat your concrete subfloor with epoxy resin and add color flakes to match your décor. It’s hard as nails and easy to clean.
- Brick Pavers – Add an old-world ambiance to your kitchen with pavers. Practically indestructible, you will need to seal them once a year to keep them from staining and to protect the grout.
Your DIY Project Will Be a Snap
Today’s flooring options are tough, beautiful and easy to install, which makes your DIY project a snap. The toughest thing you’ll have to do is decide what type of flooring you want. But that will be our little secret.
From flooring nail guns and rollers to concrete mixers and tile cutters, our expert staff is always on hand to help you find the right equipment to handle your flooring projects. If you’re considering a floor refinishing, learn helpful tips from our blog, How to Re-Finish Your Hardwood Floors to Perfection. As always, if you have any questions about what to choose, pricing or how-to’s, don’t hesitate to contact us. Stop by our store — we’re open seven days a week.