When you start thinking about remodeling your kitchen, the first thing you should have in mind is the flooring. First of all you have to think about which flooring works best for your kitchen. Kitchen floors must be resistant to heavy foot traffic, immune to spills and stains and resist dropped dishes and kitchen utensils. Last but not least the floor must also look good and stylish while being durable and functional. Fortunately there are a few good options available.
Hardwood flooring is a great option for your kitchen because of its warm, cozy look and feel. It’s a very comfortable surface to walk on, especially in the kitchen where we have to stand and move a lot. Hardwood is also resistant to heavy traffic and to medium moisture. A great way to ensure its resistance to humidity is to coat it with a special water resistant sealant as a finishing layer. Probably the best feature of hardwood flooring is that you can refinish it completely once it deteriorates. If you have an open floor plan then hardwood is the best option for you. Keep in mind that hardwood flooring also adds a lot of value to your property.
As the most durable and functional option, porcelain tiles are the winner. Porcelain tiles are the improved version of the regular ceramic tiles, because of their fabrication process which makes them more durable and less permeable. Porcelain tiles can be glazed or unglazed. The glazed porcelain tile is already sealed by the manufacturer making it less porous and more water resistant. The unglazed tile may need a special finishing treatment similar to natural stone tiles to make it more resistant to stains and moisture. A great advantage of this type of tiling is that it comes in all colors and sizes which can help you create a beautiful floor design. The only downside of the porcelain floor tiling is that it’s more expensive than regular tiling, but remember, it’s also more resistant.
This is another great, durable material which is very resistant in time and works very well in humid spaces. Concrete has a stylish, contemporary look and works great in a modern minimalist design. If you have concrete flooring you can choose a concrete counter-top for a contemporary industrial look. It’s also a great design feature for the farmhouse style. Due to its versatility you can personalize the concrete floor by painting it in a color that works great with your home. Freshly poured concrete can also be stamped with various patterns and all concrete floors can be dyed, stenciled and polished.
And we’re not talking about those tacky 70’s floors. Vinyl flooring came a long way since. A great feature is that it’s resilient, highly waterproof and stain proof, which means that vinyl flooring is very easy to clean and maintain over time. It comes in a multitude of styles, colors and patterns, from plain color schemes to successfully resembling wood flooring or stone. Vinyl flooring can be found in sheets or tiles. The standard sheets are 12’ wide so the installation will be almost seamless. It’s not as durable to impact as concrete or porcelain tile, but it’s very affordable. The fitting process requires professional installation.
Another affordable and budget friendly solution is the laminate flooring. The upper layer is resistant to heavy traffic and quite durable to scratches and stains. It comes in a variety of textures and colors, mostly resembling hardwood floors. A great advantage is its easy installation process that you can do yourself in a short amount of time without getting your “hands dirty”. There is no glue backing necessary and the laminate tiles have a system that clicks one board to the next. It’s a great alternative to wooden floors. If you want the look and feel of wood but you’re on a budget, laminate wood is the best option.