Flooring Material Options for the Kitchen

By administrator On February 25th, 2009

When choosing flooring material for your kitchen remodeling project there are certain things to keep in mind. Looks of course are important and an obvious factor but at the same time the hardness of the material also matters. A hard flooring material will not only cause noise when you walk, it will also be hard on the feet. And then there is cost to consider.

The kitchen attracts a lot of footfalls from almost all members of the house; therefore the flooring has to be durable. It should also be easy to maintain, spills and should be easy to remove.

Here are some popular flooring alternatives for your kitchens –

Wood – Wood is a classic flooring option and its texture is unique. It is sound-absorbent and easy on the legs. The wood type and finish influence the maintenance and ruggedness of the flooring. Wood is a relatively expensive flooring option and vulnerable to scratches and stains. Wood requires periodic sanding but its warmth on the feet, texture, and appeal makes it a classy flooring option. Hardwoods used for flooring include oak, pecan, and hickory.

Laminate – If you wish for the looks of wood but not for the accompanying maintenance, then you can go for laminate flooring. It mimics wood and at the same time is very durable and easy to maintain. Installing laminates is also easy; you can lay it over your existing flooring. Laminates do not work that great in moist climates. A good idea for those who wish for a DIY kitchen flooring project.

Ceramic tiles – Ceramic tiles come in several shapes and sizes giving homeowners a lot of choice for customizing the kitchen floor. Tiles are easy to clean but can be noisy. Also, the grout between tiles is not so easy to clean and can actually pose a health hazard. Ideally large tiles should be used to minimize the grouting. Tiles are cold on the feet and hard on the legs.
Vinyl – Vinyl flooring is the ultimate budget flooring option. It is inexpensive and easy to install and can mimic the look of other flooring types.

Cork and bamboo are environment friendly flooring options; no tree is destroyed in harvesting cork and bamboo. Cork has certain unique properties; it can remember its shape and is water resistant. Bamboo is more resilient to warping than other flooring options. If you wish to experiment you may even consider brick flooring or rubber flooring.

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