DIY home improvement projects are an excellent way to save money on home renovations, as well as reinforcing a sense of pride in home ownership. But even the most experienced do-it-yourselfer can find their themselves faced with having to correct a problem caused by poor installation techniques or simply making the wrong choice of materials for the job.
Kitchen Flooring Needs and Issues
In most homes, the kitchen is considered a high use area. Meal preparation, snacking, or just enjoying that daily cup of coffee with a neighbor all involve using the kitchen and increasing the level of traffic and the amount of wear and tear the flooring must withstand. When exposure to water, cleaning, oils, and humidity from cooking are also considered, it becomes easy to see that the flooring must be very durable in order to maintain an attractive appearance through years of use.
Over the past decade or two, the use of laminate wood flooring has grown, even in the realm of kitchen flooring. However, when the wrong type or quality of laminate flooring is chosen, it will not hold up well in kitchen use and will quickly began to appear worn or damaged. In addition, wood laminate flooring options that are installed incorrectly often suffer damage to corners and edges that make them look frayed and old years sooner than they should.
Tips for Choosing the Best Laminate Flooring Products for Kitchen Use
Bamboo flooring is one of several flooring options that are becoming increasingly popular for kitchen use throughout the nation. A grass-based product, bamboo flooring can actually be harder and more durable than many types of wood commonly used for flooring applications.
In addition to withstanding the ravages of water, spills, grease, and surface wear and tear better than wood surfaces, bamboo is also a green choice that provides a more comfortable surface when standing or working in the kitchen – as well as a solid return on investment when it comes time to sell the home.
Surprisingly affordable, bamboo laminate flooring offers the appearance of real hard wood, with the easy care and longevity of vinyl.
Techniques and Tools are Equally Important in Order to Ensure a Quality Job
Choosing to DIY the installation of bamboo flooring in the kitchen is a great way for homeowners to save a substantial amount of money on their kitchen renovation and it isn’t difficult – furthermore, it’s a home improvement project that doesn’t need a permit. Like any laminate or hardwood flooring product, however, it is important to use proper tools and techniques to install the flooring without causing any damage that will mar the appearance or diminish the lifespan of the floor.
In most kitchen applications, the bamboo flooring will be installed directly on top of an existing wood sub-floor. It can also be installed as a floating floor, or on a concrete sub-floor, as long as care is taken to ensure the surfaces are clean, level, and dry.
To find out more about using bamboo flooring in your kitchen renovation project, including the tools and techniques needed for installation success, contact your BuildDirect flooring expert today. Their experience in the flooring industry allows them to offer the best possible guidance to help their customers achieve DIY success each and every time!