The kitchen. It’s one of the most important rooms in your home—if not the most important. So renovating it properly from the ground up is important.
If you’re thinking of giving your kitchen floor a makeover, then you should also consider what type of uses you have in mind for the space. Not only do you want something that looks good, but also performs well too.
Sometimes it takes a professional to help you with interior design for the best results. However, here’s a checklist of 6 items to keep in mind when you’re shopping for kitchen flooring options…
Your kitchen will likely see high foot traffic, so it makes sense to get a flooring material that can handle it. LVT (luxury vinyl tiles) are considered one of the best options as they can handle lots of activity and are water proof, thanks to being less porous than other materials. Vinyl and hardwood are also workhorses.
If you’re looking for suitable kitchen flooring that gives a little, vinyl sheet might be the answer. You’ll notice a softer feeling when walking on it, and dropped glasses are more likely to survive the fall onto this type of surface. It’s also a great option because it’s easy to clean spills and can be laid over existing vinyl, tiles and laminates saving lots of time and money by not having to take up and prepare the sub-floor.
If you want to create a higher-end look for your kitchen, then turn to hardwood. You have a couple of options for hardwood: solid or engineered. The latter is usually the most cost-efficient as it’s a layer of hardwood with plywood underneath.
Either direction you go, hardwood is durable and also provides several options for colours to match your existing decor.
Getting the flooring into place is more of a chore for some types than others. Laminate flooring is a sealed system made of synthetic materials that mimic the look of solid woods and is easy to install.
The last thing you want to do is spend all of your time maintaining your new kitchen flooring.
Engineered flooring, vinyl, and laminate are all quite easy to keep clean (sheet vinyl is generally stain-proof, for example). Engineered hardwood is a little more resilient against heat and humidity than natural wood, but it still needs to be cleaned fairly regularly. Meanwhile, a flooring material like cork needs to be resealed every few years.
Like many decisions, it may come down to your budget. Several options are suitable for kitchen floors in terms of scuff and moisture resistance, but the cost may help you choose one over the other.
While natural hardwood is often more expensive than other options, it looks great and can last many years. But you can also expect great performance from the other options for a few fewer dollars, so you have money left over for other projects.
Choosing the right flooring is not something you have to do on your own. Not only do we supply a range of quality kitchen floor materials, but we can also provide sound advice about which is the best for your home.
To find out more and get started on upgrading your kitchen, contact us today.