How To Pick The Best Kitchen Flooring Option
Which Kitchen Floor Option Is Right Best For You
There are several factors to be considered when selecting flooring for the kitchen. Functionality might be important, as well as selecting which type of flooring best meets your individual needs. You may have small children, so will need to install flooring that is easy to clean when there are kids running in and out of the kitchen. Of course, budget may well play a big factor when deciding the type of kitchen floor to choose.
For years vinyl was a very popular choice for kitchen floors. Today, however, householders have a far wider selection to choose from, but vinyl remains a good option for those on a tight budget, because it is often the cheapest. It is also ideal for young families, as children are liable to drop cups and glasses. Vinyl is softer than most kitchen flooring, so there is less likely to be breakages.
Another reasonably priced flooring material is laminate. It is easy to maintain and clean with wear layers protecting it against many stains and spillages. What is more, modern laminate can be made to look like natural stone or ceramic.
Hardwood kitchen flooring is more expensive, but homeowners may find it cheaper to install what is known as recycled wood. The choice of woods used continues to expand, where once it would have been just oak and pine, other types are now readily available, such as maple, cherry and hickory.
Modern hardwood floors for the kitchen are much easier to maintain as they come pre-treated with polyurethane sealant, which takes away the chore of having to regularly wax them. However, they will need to be resealed every five or six years.
For very durable flooring, perfect for a busy kitchen, ceramic tile and natural stone are good options. The advantage of ceramic tile is that it gives the kitchen floor a decorative look, thanks to the many colors, styles and even textures they are produced in.
The advantage of using tiles is that are easy to keep clean; this can be done by sweeping or mopping. On the downside, such floors are expensive to have laid, especially if it is done by professionals. It is also all but impossible to order the exact number required, so there will be wastage, either because they have to be cut or shaped in the corners or edges or there are some left over. This will, of course, increase the cost.
Natural stone kitchen floors, such as limestone, tend to be more costly, but they are exceptionally durable and do give any kitchen a special touch of class. Because limestone is porous it does need to be regularly sealed and this cost needs to be taken into account before ordering. The stone has to be sealed immediately after it has been installed and then at six monthly intervals.