When it’s time for new flooring in your kitchen, you might find it overwhelming when you discover how many options are available. There are many different materials that can be used for kitchen floors, and all of them come with their own set of pros and cons that need to be taken into consideration. Think about how heavy your foot traffic in the kitchen is, how often spills happen, and how long you want your new flooring to last before looking into which kitchen flooring options best suit your needs.
Hardwood is beautiful and timeless. This flooring type has grown in popularity for kitchens due to its improved durability attributed to new manufacturing processes. It’s a great choice for kitchens, but it’s important to be aware that even wood that has been treated and sealed is still prone to water damage. Care and maintenance will have to be performed regularly and any large spills need to be dried up as quickly as possible to keep a hardwood floor from damage and warping.
Bamboo is like hardwood, but better. This eco-friendly material is more durable than hardwood flooring and more resistant to water damage. It comes in several different colors, patterns, and types, so there will likely be an option that suits the aesthetic of your kitchen. Bamboo is harder to refinish than hardwood, likely requiring the help of a professional to get it done correctly.
Natural stone tiles are one of the best luxury flooring options available for the kitchen. These come in many different types including granite, marble, and slate, among others. They each have their own specific qualities, but all of them will be durable, beautiful, and long-lasting. Natural stone flooring will need to be sealed regularly because it is porous which makes it vulnerable to permanent staining.
Vinyl and luxury vinyl (LVF) are great options for kitchen flooring due to their resistance to stains and water damage. While this flooring is inexpensive and very easy to maintain, it does need to be replaced after some time of heavy use. Standard vinyl flooring should be expected to need replacement after about 10 years, while LVF can last up to 20 years under heavy use.
Linoleum is a lot like vinyl in that it is a popular option for inexpensive flooring. Linoleum can last for years if taken care of properly but can suffer from curling edges or severe damage if submerged in water. Choosing high-quality linoleum will ensure that your flooring lasts longer and is more resilient. It comes in nearly any color or shade you can think of with many available designs and patterns. You are sure to find linoleum that elevates the look of your kitchen design.
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