Published at Wednesday, August 23rd 2017. by Roesia Bonnet in Kitchen Floor.
Tough Enough? Bamboo floors are long lasting and durable, but they can scratch and dent. Keep pets' nails clipped, and be careful when holding heavy items. How to Clean. Wipe up spills immediately. Sweep, dust, or vacuum regularly, and occasionally wipe the surface with a damp mop or cloth.
Linoleum comes in a variety of colors, from earthy neutrals to bright reds, greens, yellows, blues, and purples. The color is not just a coating but runs all the way through. Linoleum colors and patterns can be mixed and matched to create many designs. You can set off the work area with a distinctive color or run a border along the perimeter of the kitchen.
Unlike the dated floors of past generations, today's vinyl features better textures and colors for a more realistic appearance, thanks to improvements in the rotogravure (engraving) process for the surface. You can buy vinyl with textures that look like slate, leather, even wood.
Underlayment. The subfloor must be perfectly smooth, as bamboo will show imperfections. Because bamboo is susceptible to moisture, a waterproof underlayment is vital if it is being installed over a concrete slab.
Choose the cork that best suits your budget and needs. Thicker floors are better insulators, and denser floors are more durable. Cork flooring can be installed—glued or floating—over flat surfaces, including wood and concrete. A plywood underlayment at least 1/4 inch thick is recommended and required when installing over existing floors.
If you don't love the tap-tap of footsteps, cork is the floor for you. It reduces sound and vibration transmission by absorbing it in tiny cells. And because it contains Suberin (a waxy substance found in cork cells), cork floors inherently resist mold, insects, and allergens.