August 14, 2017
Which Kitchen Flooring is the Most Durable?
December 6, 2016
Choosing which type of flooring is best for your kitchen remodel is something that shouldn’t be done hastily! Considering your options and figuring out which flooring has the best durability are important in picking the flooring that best suits your needs. The three most common types of kitchen flooring are tile, hardwood, and vinyl. All three are very durable and have their own specific benefits. Let’s explore these popular flooring types and find out which is best for your kitchen!
Tile flooring is among the most customizable of all flooring types. You can choose from many different colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Tiles can be placed to create borders or patterns and offer you a chance to let your creative side shine in your kitchen. Stone and porcelain tile are both very strong and durable and are surfaces that are easily cleaned when spills occur. Tile has been used since ancient times, and is heavily reliable for kitchens more prone to messes and excessive foot traffic. Tile is very easy to clean with soap and warm water, and there are plenty of cleaning products available that are specific to tile flooring. Beware: heavy dropped items can cause cracks and chips in tile flooring, so ensure that a level sub-floor is present before the tile is laid.
If you have hardwood in the surrounding areas of your kitchen (living room, family room, dining room), it might benefit you to continue the theme and use hardwood flooring for your kitchen as well! This helps keep an aesthetic flow throughout your main living area and avoids clashing tones or textures. Solid wood flooring is very durable and can handle small spills without warping or becoming damaged. Rustic, distressed finishes are available for this type of flooring and refinishing can be performed many times without harm. Engineered wood flooring is usually more cost-effective than solid wood, and can be floated, or installed, without fasteners or glue. This type of wood flooring also comes in different looks and finishes. If your kitchen is relatively small, consider wide planks of wood flooring, as this helps small rooms in the home look bigger.
When looking for the most cost-effective type of flooring for your kitchen while still maintaining a realistic and natural feel, consider vinyl flooring. It is tough and durable, and quite possibly the easiest type of kitchen flooring to remove spills from. Cleaning is easily done with a mop, warm water, and soap. Vinyl flooring can be installed in sheets or laid in tiles, depending on the look you are trying to convey. For more luxurious looks, choose vinyl patterns that are designed to imitate other materials like natural stone or hardwood. If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, extra cushioning can be installed for a more comfortable experience when standing or cooking.
Bath Doctor is a Maryland remodeling company based in Baltimore serving many locations throughout the state. If you’re still unsure which type of flooring would suit your kitchen best, or if you’re ready to take the next step in your kitchen remodel, contact our professionals today and rest assured we will take care of all your kitchen flooring needs!