What is the best flooring for your kitchen?
Some of the things to consider in a kitchen floor are the type of incidents and traffic that occur in a kitchen. There are some types of flooring that would not do well in the kitchen realm. Kitchen floors take care of dropped eggs, spilled liquids, and other miscellaneous masses.
One option is that hand-scraped, grooved, and other worn flooring can be much more than just a style statement. These types of flooring can help hide the bumps from the jars hitting the floor, as well as blend in with the general wear and tear on the kitchen floor. There are styles that allow you to easily do your own kitchen floor makeover because they can be attached and “floated” in place without nailing or gluing.
When looking at the floor, it is beneficial to have a kitchen floor that is slip resistant. It is also important to have a surface in the kitchen that is resistant to stains and scratches. If you have babies or are planning a family in the future, you may not want to choose vinyl for your kitchen floor. While some vinyl floors emit relatively few volatile organic compounds (VOCs), there is still concern due to health and pollution concerns when it comes to vinyl.
Stone or tile works great in high traffic areas of the house, like the kitchen. One of the most durable tiles is ceramic, which comes in various colors and styles. Ceramic tiles also have many options that can be used for decorative designs and / or borders.
If you want to use limestone, remember that it is a porous stone and must be sealed at the time of installation and twice a year thereafter. Limestone is a natural stone and gives you an Old World look, however if maintenance is not something you want to undertake then I suggest you look for another flooring material for your kitchen.
Wood is an excellent and popular choice for kitchen flooring. Maintenance is fairly minimal and can create a wonderful warm look in your kitchen. You can match the color of the wood floor with the kitchen cabinets, or go for a lighter or darker shade compared to the cabinets. Wood floors can be abraded as mentioned above, to help elevate the bumps that may occur. Many of today’s prefinished wood flooring options can easily withstand heavy traffic and even water stains. There are also high pressure plastic laminates that can be an alternative to hardwood flooring, but offer a similar look for less money.
Vinyl flooring can offer many styles and colors, whether in tile or sheet, and they are much less expensive. Cork is a versatile and durable material that is also available in various colors. Not only is it waterproof, it can also help reduce impact noise.
I would suggest that before installing a kitchen flooring, you take the time to research the different types of flooring, as well as consider your budget. When doing the research for this article, hardwood floors are by far the most popular choice for your kitchen floor with ceramic tile coming second.