Kitchen Flooring Options
Whether you prefer natural stone, hardwoods, or ceramic tile, there is no lack of stylish options for today’s kitchen flooring. While surface appeal, design, and color, are important considerations, you will also want kitchen flooring which can live up to your lifestyle and provide the durability and comfort you require.
However, as much as we would like every type of floor to have superior longevity, exceptional durability, sky-high resale value and a low price-tag, it just is not realistic. If you are planning to renovate your kitchen floor, knowing the weaknesses and strengths of travertine, hardwood, tile, vinyl and laminate is paramount. We compare the advantages and disadvantages of these 5 common types of flooring to help you choose the best kitchen floor option that fits your lifestyle.
Adding warm, classic, and natural looking wood floors are a beautiful addition to you kitchen during your home renovation. Due to the fact that kitchens are high-traffic areas, though, hardwoods such as mahogany, poplar, ash, walnut and oak and are recommended over softwoods such as cedar and pine. In addition to that, darker woods are more likely than the lighter woods to show scratches and dirt. Bamboo floors have become quite popular recently. These are durable and hard, and because bamboo grows fast, it is considered more environmentally friendly than another wood flooring. Buyers can select either engineered hardwood or solid hardwood, that’s constructed with several wood layers that are known as plies. The supplier we use is Urban Floor, you can take a look at their site for samples to get an idea of what you may want.
Pros: Just about everybody wants hardwood floors, this includes home buyers. The resale value is quite high. Other kinds of flooring products come close but they can never completely replicate their pure natural beauty. They can be refinished and are able to last for many centuries too.
Cons: Hardwood floors aren’t always practical for the homeowners who would like to have low maintenance kitchens. Hardwoods are more difficult to clean and can be scratched more easily than the other kinds of materials. When they are exposed to water or moisture over the long-term, they can crown, warp or buckle. And then there is the price tag. Because high-quality hardwood flooring run from $ 4 – $12 a sqft, expect to spend more money.
Travertine comes in a wide variety of colors from beige to ivory, to reddish brown, and even gold, which depends on the amount of iron that is present. Travertine also comes in different finishes like tumbled, polished, matte, or brushed. Polished Travertine resembles marble and tumbled or brushed Travertine has a more antiqued look.
Pros: Travertine has a broad appeal to most home buyers. It is highly durable, it’s more difficult to chip and scratch natural stone than, hardwood or tile. Tumbled travertine provides good slip resistance due to the grooved texture. When it’s cared for properly, travertine can last for many years.
Cons: Travertine doesn’t scratch, but it can stain. You should be careful with your red wine and juice. Natural stone needs more upkeep than the other kinds of flooring. You should use a mild detergent or stone cleaner to clean it. You should also seal it every 1 to 2 years so that you can protect its porous surface (some of the sealers last for a longer time). Perhaps astonishingly, a high-quality travertine floor might cost as much as the hardwood floor. Budget accordingly.
Your kitchen encounters frequent spills of food and the pitter patter of pets or kids, laminate flooring might be the solution. It mimics the look of tile or hardwood and has a lower price tag. The surface resists scratches and stains, and cleanup is a snap. It is a practicable alternative to the hardwood floors, offering homeowners realistic wood finishes in a wide variety of styles. We also have a more in-depth article called Flooring Face-Off, which explains more on engineered versus hardwood flooring.
Pros: If you would like to save cash, laminate might be the best choice for you. Apart from being less expensive than tile and hardwood, laminate also has a click-and-lock floating installation system, that’s primed for Do It Yourself installation. Unlike wood, it does not gain character and cannot be sanded.
Cons: Laminate does not the ability of vinyl and tile of handling moisture (when it’s exposed to water it can warp), hence if you install it in the kitchen, the maintenance will be more challenging and If you do, you should use a proper moisture barrier. You will require a mop and special cleaner to clean it. They also do not have the shelf-life that vinyl, hardwood, and tile floors do. Unlike hardwood floors that can be refinished even up to eight times and essentially you get a new floor; laminate floors are more difficult to repair even when it comes to simple patch jobs