Exploring the Options: A Guide to Choosing Your Kitchen Flooring

Exploring the Options: A Guide to Choosing Your Kitchen Flooring

by Heidi Estes, August 6, 2016

There are many factors to consider when choosing kitchen flooring including the type of floor plan, how much you use your kitchen and the durability factor. There are plenty of flooring materials to choose from which can make the processes of settling on an option particularly overwhelming. Below are some of the options available on the market and how to decide whether or not it is suitable for your applications.

Harwood flooring

If durability is at the top of your criteria, you have an open floor plan and you do not want your kitchen to appear out-of-date in the long run, hardwood flooring is a perfect option. There are two main options available, engineered wood and real hardwood. Engineered wood is a great choice for the kitchen because it can withstand temperature and humidity better than real wood, and therefore less susceptible to movement.

Vinyl flooring

Vinyl flooring is a good option if you use your kitchen regularly, want to get good flooring on a budget and want a floor that is especially easy to maintain. This is the softest flooring available on the market, so it is comfortable under foot for a person who cooks a lot. It is stain-proof and waterproof so it is easy to clean up and only required regular mopping and sweeping where maintenance is concerned. Depending on the quality and type of flooring, vinyl can accurately replicate the appearance of real stone or ceramic tile. The life expectancy of this type of flooring is 10 to 15 years, but you can get up to 20 years for higher quality options.

Porcelain tile

Porcelain tile is a good option for people what want low maintenance flooring, are concerned with getting the stone appearance and want the toughest floor available. Porcelain is impervious to moisture, stain resistant, durable and extremely hard. Be sure to ask for certified slip-resistant tiles.

Cork flooring

Cork flooring is a good choice if you want a slip-resistant floor, want a floor that is softer than tile or wood and cork flooring is environmentally conscious. Unlike other wood floors, cork is harvested from the tree bark and grows back naturally so there is no need to cut down the tree. It is moisture resistant, waterproof and comfortable due to its unique cellular structure. Unlike other floor options however, cork flooring requires resealing every three to four years to block moisture and protect it against scratches.

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