When you’re renovating your kitchen, one of the biggest parts is deciding on what kind of flooring to put in. Your floor can really transform the look of your entire space, so it’s a very important step! There are lots of different options, and for the most part, the one for you really depends on your home’s decor and your own personal style. There are also a few types of materials that are considered less than ideal for kitchens, though, so you should try to avoid those.
Your kitchen floor has to go through a lot: spills, dropped dishes, and built-up dirt and grime mean that the floor in your kitchen should be the strongest floor in your house. There’s just no stronger home flooring out there than a good quality tile. You won’t have to worry about dents and scratches, and cleaning it is as easy as whipping out a broom or Swiffer mop. Tile is also very affordable. You can create a tile look that’s perfect for your home with just a little effort or money, and it’ll stand up to anything you put against it for years to come.
Genuine hardwood floors are undeniably beautiful. They’re a great choice for many parts of your home, but your kitchen probably isn’t one of them. Hardwood requires a lot of maintenance, and it’s very easy to scratch, warp, or otherwise damage. Given how much goes on in your kitchen, do you really want to worry every time you drop a fork or knife about whether your floor has gotten scratched or if the water you’ve dripped across the floor will damage it?
One of the great things about vinyl is that it comes in a huge variety of styles and colors– if you have your heart set on a more expensive flooring but can’t swing the bill, you can go with a similar vinyl pattern to recreate the same look. It’s the least expensive flooring available, and it’s easy to clean. It won’t get damaged by spills and it’s not as hard or cold on bare feet as tile will be. It’s also less likely to break delicate items that get dropped on it.
A popular alternative to hardwood, laminate is the choice of many homeowners who want the wood look without the price or maintenance. It’s a great option for living rooms and bedrooms, but laminate won’t hold up in your kitchen as well as other types of floor. Laminate flooring is very sensitive to moisture, and if it stays wet for a long time, it will begin to warp, and when this happens the entire room will have to be re-floored (since laminate is installed as one large piece). Since kitchens are spill-prone areas, it’s best to stay away from this flooring.
Making sure that your kitchen is ready for everything you have to offer from the get-go is the best way to have a lasting flooring for years.