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The look of hardwood flooring is something that simply cannot be beaten. In fact, the only issue with hardwood is that it can take a toll on your joints. If you have hardwood on your kitchen floors and like to spend a good amount of time in there cooking and preparing, you can expect that over time you will begin to feel joint pain and backaches.
Thankfully, there are other types of materials you can use in your kitchen that not only look good but feel good. A lot of these wood alternatives look like wood so you can still have the look of wood flooring, without the pain.
Bamboo is technically not wood. It's actually a type of a grass. Bamboo has been called the perfect green material for green-friendly homes because it's a renewable resource that uses sustainably harvested materials for the floor. Bamboo doesn't come in a lot of colors and styles, but it is budget friendly. Moso bamboo is considered to be the most durable and the hardest bamboo flooring available.
Cork, like bamboo, is a sustainable material. Cork comes from the cork oak tree and is an excellent choice if you need a high level of cushioning while in the kitchen. Cork is available in many different colors, styles, patterns, and textures - plus it also comes in plank or tile formats. Over time, it will become scratched or dented, which is why it's a good idea to place a layer of protective wax over the floor.
Linoleum has changed so much over the years. These days its made from linseed oil, powdered oak, or even pine rosin. It's soft underfoot yet durable, which makes it an especially great flooring choice for kitchens. Linoleum is available in many different colors and patterns, and it can even be made to look like real wood with faux wood grains.
This might seem like an odd choice for flooring at first, but give it a chance! Not only are rubber floors made from rubber tires, which makes them an excellent choice for green-friendly homes, but this flooring is also soft, durable, and springy underfoot. You can find rubber flooring in sheets or tile formats, but they should be sealed every 1-2 years after the installation to ensure that they stand up to wear and tear.
Laminate is very unique. It has the look of wood, yet is budget-friendly like vinyl flooring. Laminate flooring also has a soft underfoot when compared to something more rigid like hardwood. New laminate designs and colors are popping up every day! While these are budget-friendly, it should also be noted that unlike hardwood which can be refinished, laminate flooring cannot. If it is damaged , it will need to be reinstalled. But, the nice thing about re-installation is that you don't have to pick up the entire floor. The planks from the damaged area only need to be removed and new ones installed.
Of course, if you really love the look of wood you can just get hardwood or engineered wood flooring and simply put down a few gel mats. These gel mats are made specifically for people who have hard floors at home but want a way to create a more cushioned surface. Another nice thing about gel mats is they are inexpensive, easy to replace, and they come in many colors and styles which allows you to show off your hardwood floors.
Whichever flooring you decide on, Good Guys Remodeling will help you make the most beautiful look for your home. For your consultation on home remodeling in Scottsdale or the surrounding areas, contact Good Guys at 480.696.3524.
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