What Is a Cheap Way to Redo Kitchen Floors?

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What Is a Cheap Way to Redo Kitchen Floors?
Real hardwood flooring is expensive, but laminate is a cheaper alternative. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Scuffed, faded flooring ruins the visual appeal of the nicest kitchen. In some cases, you can work with what you have and improve the look with minimal expenditure. Sometimes, though, it's best to replace the flooring. You have a number of relatively inexpensive flooring options.

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Ceramic Tile

Tile is a long-lasting flooring material that comes in a range of colours, shapes and styles. More durable than other flooring materials, ceramic tiles can be found for £1.90 a square foot. This makes a creamy white or slate grey ceramic tile an inexpensive way to redo your kitchen floor.

Bamboo Flooring

Green flooring options use sustainable materials and less damaging production methods than traditional flooring. Bamboo is a less expensive choice than other popular green flooring materials, such as cork. As of March 2011, it cost as little as £1.30 per square foot. Bamboo planks are formed from pulped bamboo and a resin-based binder. Because of its water and stain resistance, it works well in a kitchen. It's easy to install and available in a number of shades.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is composed of melamine or other binding materials and natural products like stone dust and pulped wood. Coloured and pressed to resemble much more expensive natural materials, laminate is a strong material that ran between 60p and £3 per square foot as of March 2011. The binders resist wear and water spills, but water can leak between the boards and warp the subfloor. A plastic barrier can be installed along the laminate to prevent this, or adhesives can be used for the same purpose.

Paint

Vinyl and hardwood floors that are worn and stained can be revitalised cheaply with sanding and paint. Patterns, colours and motifs can all be added for a one-of-a-kind floor. Existing finish and stains must be sanded away first, but beyond the cost of renting an orbital sander and an appropriate paint, there are few costs involved in floor painting. Once you've perfected the paint job, seal it with polyurethane to preserve it.

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