Choosing the right kitchen flooring for your home is an important decision. The floors in the kitchen are some of the most abused floors in the home, since they will endure spills and stains, and are subject to heavier foot traffic than any other room in the house. So... you need good information to help you make the best floor choice. Some factors to consider when making the choice are the material's ability to resist moisture and stains, durability - especially to heavy foot traffic, and comfort - especially if you are in the kitchen for long periods of time.
When it comes to moisture resistance, the best kitchen flooring material is sheet and tile vinyl followed by ceramic tile. Ceramic floor tile is resistant and durable, but it is hard on your feet.... it is a very unforgiving substrate.... it can also become slippery when it is wet. The best choice for the do-it-yourselfer is probably resilient vinyl floor tiles. These tiles are very easy to install as they have adhesive backing.... Resilient tiles are also water resistant and fairly slip resistant.
Another easy to install option for kitchen floors is laminate flooring. Laminate flooring comes in interlocking planks that "float" on the sub flooring making it a very diy friendly option. Laminate floors are fairly resilient.... offering a wide range of texture and color options!
Tile is an extremely durable and popular substance for flooring... one of the most popular out there today! If you are able to lay your own tile, it can be an economical floor solution, Even if you need to have someone come out to install it for you , it can be fairly reasonable.... check closeout stores and big box stores for tile bargains for tile floors.
If you are looking for environmentally-friendly kitchen flooring options, you can go for either cork or bamboo. Cork is comfortable to walk on, easy to maintain, hypoallergenic as well as being relatively affordable; however, since it absorbs water, humidity can be a serious problem. Bamboo, on the other hand, is naturally moisture-resistant while being less prone to wear and tear; it is also a renewable resource, unlike wood, since it only takes five years to reach maturity. Unfortunately, bamboo can be expensive. Whichever choice of flooring material you pick for your DIY kitchen remodel, make sure that you can install it yourself without too much trouble.