Kitchen Floor Solutions

Hi Tom!  We are about to begin remodeling our kitchen and need some advice on flooring. We now have 8 x 8 ceramic tile but it is 19 years old and looks old and out of date.  What would you suggest for a floor?  We have white washed color oak cabinets, which we recently had refinished and they look great.  We are gong to install granite or something of that sort of countertops.  I have been thinking hardwood, laminate, cork or maybe just bigger ceramic or stone.  I want something that will really look great because as soon as the real estate market picks up I am going to sell my home and want it to look completely up to date.
RIDEJJ 10-21-07

While all of those are great choices, given the fact that you want it to sell, my recommendation would be laminate.  It looks great, is available in almost unlimited styles, is almost indestructible and is easy to put down.  Plus, it is very cost effective.  While investing in kitchen improvements is a smart move, there's no sense in going luxury if you won't be around to enjoy it.

Regarding the installation, it would be best to remove the ceramic tile to get down to a solid subfloor.  However, if this is too much work, you can also go over the ceramic with laminate, just be careful not to "box in" your dishwasher or refrigerator with the new floor so they can be removed if needed later.

And by the way, if you are looking for cash to improve your home before selling, The Home Depot has a fun YouTube contest going on right now.  Tell your story on video and post it here, and you could win $25,000 bucks to get the floor and lots more jobs done around the house!

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