It’s one of the most used rooms in your home, and so not only does your kitchen flooring need to be able to withstand constant traffic, but it also needs to look beautiful (since you see it all the time) and be easily maintained.
Thanks to modern flooring manufacturing processes, there are an almost endless number of options for a new kitchen floor. Since you’ll want to take into consideration many factors before choosing the perfect kitchen flooring, here are some questions you should ask yourself:
Kitchen floor Questions
- What is your budget?
- What are your style favorites, modern, traditional?
- How much maintenance on top of cleaning do you want to do?
- Do you prefer a hard surface or one with some cushion and give?
- Are you installing it yourself or hiring a flooring installer?
- Do you want a continuous flow throughout your main floor?
Once you’ve determined the factors behind your choice it makes the process much simpler. Popular choices for kitchen flooring can be found in natural materials such as stone, cork and wood, or vinyl and linoleum.
Kitchen flooring choices
Hardwood flooring in the kitchen is a beautiful and traditional choice, but it also important to note that hardwood does not like moisture and can be permanently damaged by standing water. If this is your choice be sure to put mats with hardwood-friendly backing in front of the sink to collect wayward water. Always clean up spills immediately.
Engineered wood flooring is a less expensive option with the same look as solid hardwood, and requires the same attention to spills as its more expensive relative.
Laminate flooring is another option if wood is the look you are after. However many laminate floors do not do well with water as it can soak into the seams and cause the planks to swell and warp.
Ceramic flooring is a popular choice. It looks beautiful and comes in a wide variety of designs, allowing for some of the most beautifully designed floors imaginable. It is also fairly easy to clean and is very durable.
Stone tiles are a beautiful choice as well, giving a natural appeal to a kitchen and is also fairly easy to maintain.
If limestone kitchen flooring is your choice, you will most certainly have a very impressive kitchen once installed, but these floors require sealing to be done twice a year.
Cork is a beautiful and comfortable choice for the kitchen. It’s not only durable but also offers a degree of cushion for your feet. While it is water-resistant it is still advised to clean up any spills right away. For a home where eco-friendly choices are important, cork certainly fits the bill.
Vinyl is a popular and inexpensive option. There are so many designs to choose from, including tiles, planks and sheet flooring, some of which are made to look exactly like wood planks. It is easy to maintain and simple to keep clean.
Linoleum is another eco-friendly choice, offering a wide range of styles and even textures to achieve the desired look without sacrificing style.
No matter which kitchen floor you choose, the time you take to decide will help ensure years of enjoyment in the kitchen as you create your culinary masterpieces.
Please remember the above is just a guide and you should seek professional advice.