Kitchen Flooring Options to Consider
After the experts at Kitchen Solvers have helped you design the kitchen of your dreams, it may be time to make a decision about your floors. You don’t want old, worn floors to diminish the appearance of the rest of your beautiful new kitchen. With so many options out there, choosing the type of flooring material that will work best in your home can be a daunting task. Whether you decide to DIY or enlist the help of a flooring expert, you’ll want to have a bit of knowledge about your options before you start shopping.
If you cook a lot, have kids who tend to spill or are always on the run, a vinyl floor is a great option for you. Vinyl floors offer a number of amazing advantages. They are extremely easy to clean and are water and stain-proof. Vinyl is also one of the least expensive options if you’re on a budget.
For those that cook a lot, vinyl flooring can make standing for long periods of time less fatiguing. Felt or foam is used under the vinyl to offer one of the most cushioned flooring options.
However, this can serve as a disadvantage, depending on the width and layout of your kitchen. If there are seams within your vinyl flooring, it’s possible for moisture to seep under the top layer and become trapped. Using a professional for your flooring installation can help prevent this kind of damage.
Hardwood flooring is a beautiful option for those who are seeking a timeless, classic look for their kitchen. Hardwood offers a warm look that will never go out of style. It’s a great option for those with an open floor plan, allowing you to incorporate wood flooring into multiple areas of your home.
Hardwood is one of the more durable options, sometimes lasting more than a century. You can select prefinished wood to ensure water resistance or engineered wood to withstand fluctuating humidity.
Tile is another great option to give your kitchen a classic look. You can choose from tiles of a variety of colors and patterns. Glazed versions can be made to look like stones and unglazed versions can provide beautiful, earthy tones.
Tile flooring is the toughest flooring option, which means it can be used both indoors and outdoors. Tile is stain resistant and easy to clean. But be sure to avoid dropping dishes on a tile floor. Its hard surface makes it unlikely for glasses and dishes to endure a fall.
This last option is the most environmentally friendly option. Cork flooring is made from bark. The bark grows back after each harvest, making cork a sustainable resource for flooring. Cork flooring is also great for those who spend a lot of time on their feet in the kitchen. Cork is naturally soft and springy, which means sore muscles and broken dishes are avoidable.
The main disadvantage with cork flooring is that it needs to be resealed every couple of years in order to avoid damage from moisture.
Vinyl, wood, tile and cork flooring all have great aesthetic and practical advantages depending on your style and needs. If you are unsure what you’re looking for, Kitchen Solvers is happy to help you in your decision.
For more information on flooring options for your kitchen, be sure to check out our article, Kitchen Floors – How to Choose the Right Kitchen Flooring. And be sure to research kitchen remodeling costs and their return on investment if you may be considering a remodeling project as part of your overall kitchen flooring decision.Back