Different Flooring Options For A Kitchen

Examples of Laminate Flooring

When you're considering renovating your kitchen, there are a number of factors to consider and among one of the biggest, flooring options. Now, you'll have a ton of options to choose from, but before making a decision based merely on appearance, you must also consider your family's habits. You will always appreciate having floors that are durable yet capable of maintaining the great appearance you loved at first sight. Here, we will explore some popular kitchen flooring options.

Tile Flooring

Tile flooring is among the most popular flooring options available, and for good reason. First, the tiles can be made of either vinyl or ceramic and come in a wide variety of colors and styling options to suit just about any decor. But beyond that, tile flooring is easy to install, stain resistant and cost effective which only adds to its widely enjoyed popularity. In a kitchen space, tile is ideal because you need no special cleaners to remove spills; a sponge or simple mop and a rather mild cleansing agent will work wonders for both spills and routine maintenance.

Regarding installation, tile flooring is among the easiest to install. That is because it often comes packaged with adhesive backing; the flooring can be laid down onto the surface and quickly adhered to the foundational surface. Therefore, laying tile flooring can be a quick and easy do-it-yourself project that allows you to transform the look and functionality of your kitchen in a mere weekend.

Laminate Flooring (pictured above)

Every homeowner recognizes the beauty and durability of natural flooring, however, the costs associated with natural flooring is rather expensive and can often dismantle the entire budget of a room makeover. Laminate flooring is the beautiful but inexpensive alternative to the look of natural wood, ceramic or stone flooring. Laminate floors can actually mimic the look of the real thing. For homes with children and pets, laminate flooring is generally a much better option that natural wood, ceramic or stone because it tends to resist scratching unlike its natural flooring counterparts. It also handles spills a bit better. Natural flooring generally lasts for at least a century; laminate generally lasts no more than 15 years.

Laminate floors are also easily installed; in fact, the pieces snap together eliminating the need to utilize nails. Laminates can also be installed over existing flooring, adding to the ease of installation. Routine maintenance requires little more than a dust mop or clean cloth to keep floors looking like new.

Natural Flooring

Nothing else comes close to the look, durability and style of natural flooring, whether it's wood, concrete or stone. Natural wood flooring is very warm, can be stained to a wide range of colors and can be refinished when it begins to display wear. It does, however, take special cleansers to maintain it properly. Concrete is great for industrial-style kitchens. It is a non-porous surface which stains to a variety of different colors. Your stone flooring can also reflect your personal style, with a variety of stones placed together in an attractive pattern of colors and sizes. However, these are expensive options and unlikely to ever be replaced. If you believe, though, that you may be selling your home in the distance (or no-so-distant) future, natural flooring improvements can usually be recouped at closing.

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