How to Select the Best Flooring for Your Kitchen
Flooring may not be the first thing on your mind when planning a kitchen remodel but with the amount of use and traffic in most kitchens, having the right flooring will make a big difference in the overall look and long-term enjoyment of the space. It is important to consider both the durability of your flooring and the style you are hoping to achieve for your space. Below are five of the most popular flooring options.
Stone and Tile:
- Ceramic tile is very durable with nearly endless design options. It can withstand water, constant cleaning, and high traffic. Natural stone is also a great option but is porous and may need sealing regularly. You will also need to be more careful with the types of cleaner you would use in order to keep it in good shape.
-Laminate flooring is a product created to look like real wood flooring. It has a hard top coating which makes it much harder than real wood and more resistant to moisture and staining. It is easy to install and much less expensive than both solid hardwood and engineered hardwood floors.
Solid Hardwood Flooring:
-Solid hardwood floors that are prefinished will add warmth to your kitchen. They are strong and durable when cared for properly. It is important to select a wood with a higher hardness rating such as hickory, maple or oak. Solid hardwood will expand and contract with changes in weather and humidity so regular maintenance will be important to keep it in great condition.
-Engineered hardwood is a hardwood veneer on top with a plywood core. It has the benefit of looking like solid hardwood and having a soft feeling underfoot. It is less expensive than solid hardwood and can be refinished a few times if damaged or stained. Since it is engineered it is less likely to expand and contract like solid hardwood.
-The most affordable flooring choice and relatively easy to install for the average DIY homeowner. It comes in a wide variety of colors and styles and is water resistant and easy to clean. Vinyl is durable although it does scratch easily, can tear, and will wear over time.
In our work we have seen a trend with our clients toward installing hardwood throughout a home, including in the kitchen. Depending on how you use your space and the goals you have for your home all of the above options could be great options!