Understanding Your Options When It Comes to Kitchen Flooring
Since the kitchen is one of the most high-traffic areas in your household, it’s important to ensure that your kitchen flooring is prepared to handle all that foot traffic. Choosing a new kitchen flooring material means taking several factors into consideration: cost, durability, appearance, upkeep, and ease of cleaning.
To help you make the best flooring decision for your next kitchen remodel, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular kitchen flooring materials that we commonly work with.
LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile) is an affordable, low-maintenance option for kitchen flooring. It can be found in a variety of styles that mimic hardwood and natural stone.
Because LVT is a manufactured material, it is designed to be almost completely impervious to stains and water damage. You can expect to replace it every 10-20 years.
Natural stone flooring materials include marble, slate, limestone, travertine, sandstone, and granite. Because of their luxurious appearance, natural stone flooring is an effective way to add resale value to your home.
The major drawback of using natural stone flooring is that its porous nature makes it prone to staining. This can be prevented with a sealant, which needs to be applied annually to remain effective.
A popular flooring option in the mid-late 20th century, linoleum has made a comeback in recent years. The material is made from natural linseed oil, which makes it an environmentally friendly product.
The primary drawback to using linoleum flooring is that it’s fairly susceptible water damage. However, when properly maintained, a linoleum flooring installation can last up to 40 years.
Concrete kitchen floors are becoming popular in many modern and minimalist style kitchens today. In some cases, there may already be a concrete slab beneath the existing flooring in a kitchen. If this is the case in your home, you may have the option of simply polishing and treating the slab to create your new kitchen floor.
The drawbacks of concrete flooring are that it is colder on bare feet than other materials and that it may add less resale to your home than other options.
Hardwood flooring has traditionally been considered a poor option for bathrooms and kitchens, where exposure to moisture is an issue. However, modern sealers and finishes have made hardwood a much more viable option for these rooms. Still, even with advanced treatment, there is a high likelihood of stains and scratches.
One advantage of hardwood, however, is that you always have the option of sanding and refinishing your floor to make it look brand new again.
Bamboo flooring is similar to hardwood in terms of its appearance and texture but is actually harder and more water resistant. It’s also more sustainable than traditional hardwood flooring, making it attractive to environmentally conscious homeowners.
Bamboo is, however, more expensive than traditional hardwood. It is also more difficult to refinish and typically requires professional assistance.
Ceramic tiles are made from natural clay that has been shaped, glazed, and fired at high temperatures. It is a highly durable floor material that is completely resistant to water and stains. It is also resistant to heat and breakage and can last indefinitely under normal conditions. Another major advantage of ceramic tile is that its available in a huge variety of shapes, colors, and textures to match any home’s style.
Tile flooring can be expensive, as it requires careful and time-consuming professional installation. It can also be a bit cold and hard underfoot, although this can easily be remedied with a radiant heating system and/or area rugs.
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At Straight Line Design & Remodeling, we have been designing and building kitchens to meet the needs of families in the Portland metro area for over a decade. That means that we have the experience and know-how to bring your project to life while staying on schedule and on budget.