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Hand-Scraped Hardwood Flooring

White country kitchen with dark green island and cherry flooring

Add instant heritage to your home with the Amish Hand-Scraped collection of hardwood flooring from HomerWood. Sculpted individually, by hand, by Amish craftsmen, the planks range in width from 3 to 7 inches and come in cherry, hard maple, hickory, oak and black walnut species. Available either unfiinished or prefinished, in ¾-inch thick solid wood or 5/8-inch thick engineered wood planks. Shown: Cherry wood with a Cinnamon finish. HomerWood Premium Hardwood Flooring

Wide-Plank Engineered Wood

Contemporary white kitchen with hickory flooring open to the living room

For a wide-plank wood floor that doesn't expand and contract with the seasons, try the Westchester collection of engineered wood planks from Bruce. This ¾-inch thick engineered product offers increased dimensional stability and a more affordable price than solid wood floors, and can be installed over most subfloors via gluing, floating, stapling or nailing. The oak, maple and hickory planks come in 3¼-inch or 4½-inch widths and a range of colors. Shown: Hickory with a Country Natural finish. Bruce Hardwood Floors

Easy-Install Laminate Floors

Tuscan kitchen with antiqued cream cabinets, brick hearth and laminate flooring

Now with LocNPlace technology, Shaw's laminate flooring offers the look of exotic wood flooring while saving trees and making installation quick and glue-free. The inner layer consists of EnviroCore, a high-density fiber material made from recycled wood fiber. Shown: Georgia Pecan finish from the Americana Collection. Shaw

Leather-Look Porcelain

Dark brown porcelain floor tiles

Suitable for a contemporary kitchen or a more rustic style, the Metro Leather tile series from Daltile offers the look of worn leather in five rich earth tones. Choose from three square or two rectangular tile sizes with matching trim pieces and decorative accent tiles. The glazed porcelain tiles can also be used outside or for walls and counters. Shown: 20-by-20-inch tiles in Hong Kong Brown. Daltile

An Introduction to Tile Types

Tile Floor With Decorative Border

There are several types of tile:

  • Ceramic tiles are made from pressed clays covered with a glaze of metallic oxides and ceramic stains or finished with a matte surface.

  • Porcelain mosaic tiles are baked at a higher temperature, which makes them thicker. Their color also goes through the tile, rather than only covering the surface.

  • Quarry tile is an unglazed mix of shale and clays that also has color throughout.

  • The spaces between the tiles are filled in by grout. An epoxy grout is recommended to help resist stains. It's usually best to choose a grout that closely matches the color of the tiles.

Recommended flooring support
Cementitious backer board.


  • Many sizes, patterns, and colors to choose from

  • Durable

  • Glazed tile resists staining and doesn't require special cleaning or other maintenance

  • Suitable for radiant heat


  • Glazed tile with no texture may be slippery and pose a safety hazard for the elderly and young children

  • Unglazed tile needs to be treated occasionally with sealants

  • Tile, like stone, can be a little hard on the feet if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen

  • Individual tiles may crack over time; try to get some extra ones with your original batch so that the replacements will match the other pieces



About $8-$100 per square foot.




An Introduction to Stone Flooring


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Stone flooring offers a distinct look for your kitchen. Designed by Viking Kitchen Cabinets, New Britain, CT.

The most common stones for the kitchen floor are granite, marble, and slate.

Recommended flooring support

Cementitious backer board.


  • Tough and durable.

  • You can use over a radiant heat system.


  • Stone might not offer the comfort you're looking for. It can feel like you're standing on cold rock (because you are). Consider using mats or throw rugs in work areas.

  • You'll need to apply sealants periodically to prevent stains.

  • Marble can be slippery and dangerous to fall on. The elderly and families with young children may want to consider another type of flooring.

  • A light-colored grout in between stone tiles will show stains and dirt.

  • The stones may chip, so you should keep extras on hand.

  • The color of the stone that arrives at your home may differ from what you choose in the showroom if taken from a different lot. If you have the option, approve the slabs that will become your flooring while they are still at the distributor or manufacturer.

About $10-$100 per square foot.




Introduction to Concrete Flooring


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Concrete flooring is an unconventional but solid option. Pictured flooring by Kemiko Concrete Products; installed by Specialty Hardwood & Maintenance Inc, Dallas, TX.

This mixture of cement, water, and sand or gravel isn't just for the basement floor anymore. Color can be added to the mix, and it absorbs heat, making it ideal for a radiant heat system.

Recommended support

Cementitious backer board.


  • As durable as tile and stone

  • The best choice if you want radiant heat

  • You'll be surprised at the number of colors and finishes


  • Requires a sealer to prevent staining

  • Heavy and requires strong support

  • Can be a dangerously hard fall for the elderly and children


About $15-$20 per square foot.




Limestone Tile for Indoors or Outdoors

Limestone floor tiles

Give an indoor or outdoor kitchen a timeless, weathered look with Galaxy Black limestone from Ann Sacks. Available in square or rectangular tiles, the limestone can be sandblasted for a smooth honed finished; antiqued by hand; or bush-hammered (better for walls). The manufacturer recommends sealing Galaxy Black tiles for protection, which deepens the smoky black shade of the stone. Ann Sacks

Color-Coordinated Tile

The Building Blox collection of ceramic tile from Crossville

With three patterns and one solid, plus four field tile sizes and matching trim pieces, the Building Blox collection of porcelain tiles creates a wide range of creative options for the kitchen floor (and even a coordinating backsplash). Designed by Robert A. M. Stern, the tiles offer a contemporary twist on classic style with the Greek Key, Urban Fabric (interconnected rectangles), and City Garden (floral) patterns, available in nine colors: white, limestone, wheat, pistachio, ice, terra cotta, slate, taupe and black. Crossville

Colorful Porcelain Tile


Bring color into the kitchen via the floor with Rocco Pia tiles from Mohawk's Classic Collection of ceramic tile. These glazed porcelain tiles come in four rich hues and work inside or outside for flooring, counters or backsplashes. Available in 6½-by-6½-inch, 13-by-13-inch or 20-by-20-inch sizes. Shown: Indigo. Mohawk