The Best Flooring Options For Your Kitchen Pros & Cons GreenWerks

The Best Flooring Options For Your Kitchen Pros & Cons GreenWerks

Kitchens are the heart of the home and an integral part of any kitchen. Due to the high foot traffic of this gathering space, you want to make sure your floors can stand up to the test. But how do you choose what type of flooring to put in your kitchen? With so many different styles, materials, and prices it can be difficult to make a decision. To make it easier, weve put together some tips to guide you in the selection of your new kitchen flooring.

Hardwood

Hardwood is a classic that never goes out of style. It matches almost any type of decor and adds instant charm and warmth to a room. It can also be stained to match most colors. While it’s not the softest flooring out there, hardwood will not be as hard on the feet compared to materials such as tile or concrete. One popular trend today is the staining and refinishing of the original hardwoods in older homes, also known as “reclaiming”.

Hardwood flooring maintenance is one of the cons for this type of flooring. It scratches easily, and needs regular resealing (around every 5-6 years). Also, if spills are not attended to, they can mess up the wood or finish. It is suggested that you purchase wood that has been factory-pretreated as that will stand up best to wear, tear, and stains. It is also a good idea to use a strong sealer, such as polyurethane, to ensure your surfaces are protected.

Cork

Cork is one of the newer and greener flooring trends out there but is gaining popularity due to its environmental friendliness. The materials used to make the flooring can be harvested without harming or killing the cork tree. Cork is very durable and dropped dishes are not a problem as it absorbs the shock of the fall. It is also able to absorb sound making it a very quiet flooring option. Plus, it creates a nice cushion for the feet. Cork also has a substance called suberin in it that protects against mold, mildew, rot, and pests.

On the down side, cork needs to be resealed regularly. Dirt and grit can stain the surface and while little nicks are not a problem, big gashes can be difficult to repair.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is another kitchen classic that can be altered to your fancy. With many colors, shapes and sizes, the customization is nearly limitless. It can give a very rustic artisan type feel to your kitchen. The tiles are also easy to clean with a quick sweep of the mop, however; the spaces between the grout can be a little more difficult to reach.

The cons for this type of flooring is that its cold and not the most comfortable. Because of its density, dropped dishes are most likely to shatter and it’s on the more expensive end of the flooring spectrum. Installing ceramic tile can be elaborate, so professional help may be necessary. Finally, the tiles can crack while the floor is settling, calling for a costly repair.

Vinyl

Vinyl is a good option for those who want the look and ease of tile, at a fraction of the price. It’s very versatile and comes in various colors and patterns to match your kitchen. It’s even easier to clean than tile and because of its affordability it is easy to replace as well. A simple installation of lining up the vinyl sheets to fit the layout of your kitchen is all you need.

While it’s easy and affordable to replace vinyl, it’s not designed for the long-run. Edges may peel or rip and the colors can fade if exposed to direct sunlight. It will need to be replaced regularly.

Linoleum

The Best Flooring Options For Your Kitchen Pros & Cons GreenWerks

Linoleum and vinyl look really similar and are usually mistaken for one another, but don’t be fooled. While vinyl is synthetic, linoleum is made from natural substances such as linseed oil, resins, and wood floor. Linoleum was used in kitchens during the 50’s, but is making a comeback and can give your kitchen a chic retro look. Like the previous two options, it has many choices and has the ability to be cut into custom shapes. It’s tough and on the low end of the budget.

One of the only drawbacks is that it can be hard to install. You may need to hire someone to put it in your kitchen. Also, some argue it can look outdated.

Concrete

Concrete is a great choice for anyone that has a more modern or industrial looking kitchen. It can be stained in all colors and takes little maintenance. The smooth surface allows you to easily sweep and mop your floors. Concrete is almost unbreakable. It would take some minor explosives to scratch, dent, or chip this sturdy floor. If you get tired of the look, concrete is a great base for any of the other flooring options mentioned above. No removal necessary!

Like tile, dishes will likely break when dropped. Sealing is necessary; otherwise spills will seep into the floor and stain the concrete. Most importantly, you will need professional help. Concrete is particularly tough to work with and is probably the hardest to self-install.

With these tips, picking out the perfect flooring for your kitchen should be a breeze. If you keep in mind style and function, the right fit for you is only one choice away!

This post was written by Tracy Tesmer Remodeling, specializing in home, kitchen and bathroom remodeling in Gainesville, GA. Tracy has over 30 years of experience as a remodeler in Gainesville, GA.


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