There are millions of kitchen flooring ideas out there. When it comes to choosing which one will go best in your newly finished room, there are a few things to keep in mind. Though appearances are important, there’s so much more to it than looks. People spend a good deal of their time in the kitchen, which has become the biggest room in a lot of homes, and so you’ll want to invest in something that’s easy to stand on, not noisy, and that your kids can spill things on without you having to worry about whether or not you’ll be able to get it off the floor.
Durability and ease of maintenance is also important; lots of traffic equals lots of dirt – from kids, pets, people, spills, etc. – and you’ll want to be able to clean the evidence of that traffic without getting a headache. In this article we’ll discuss the different types of kitchen flooring available so you can choose which one will work best for your individual needs.
Wood is a common choice for kitchen flooring as it’s easy on your legs, as well as being warm and quiet. Wood floors come in a variety of colours and species. The durability and maintenance of this floor choice is completely dependent on the species and finish of wood you choose. One downside to this choice is that wood can scratch easily, however it’s important to keep in mind that it can be sanded and refinished with minimal problems.
Laminate flooring is a favourite for some because its factory finished and can simply be rolled and secured over your existing floor with minimal problems, as long as your previous floor in clean and not completely falling apart. This type of flooring is very durable and super easy to maintain, and comes in a variety of patterns and colours. However, laminate isn’t exactly warm, and is kind of noisy when walked on in shoes.
Many people choose this type of flooring for their kitchen because they’re highly customization offering a large selection of patterns and colours to match any kitchen. This type of flooring is a little harder to install, and while the tile itself is easy to clean; the grout that surrounds it can pose an issue with cleaning and chipping/ falling apart after time. Ceramic tile is also cold, noisy, and can be hard on your legs. This type of kitchen flooring may be better suited for a cottage.
This is the most budget friendly of all the flooring options. You can purchase vinyl flooring in sheeting or simple peel and stick tiles. It also comes in endless colours and patterns. However, this type of floor can be cold and the edges can start to curl after time.
Which works for you will depend completely on your family, lifestyle, and needs. And while there are others out there, these are the most widely used and trusted among consumers alike. Now you’re ready to visit your local home renovation store, to discuss with them which kitchen flooring ideas you feel will work best for you and pick out your colours/pattern!
Loren is a homemaker who loves to blog in her free time. She recently installed one of those copper drain with antiqued copper finish.