You now have many great options in flooring to choose from when replacing your kitchen floor during your kitchen remodel. Since your kitchen flooring is something that is used daily and the cost involved in replacement are expensive. It’s vital to choose a material that meets your family’s lifestyle and maintenance requirements. Different homes will require different flooring materials. Besides being practical and durable, your choice of flooring material, is a major design statement as well.
Solid hardwood floors. You can choose from over 40 species of domestic wood and over 90 species of exotic wood species with a large variety of stains and finishes. The types of solid wood floors that are available are hand scrapped, plank, strip, parquet. Solid wood floors can scratch easily and are prone to water damage. Wood floors can expand and contract with moisture and temperature changes. If you have a high traffic kitchen with kids and dogs you may want to avoid solid hard wood floors.
Engineered wood flooring is made from real wood and can be installed in many areas where solid wood flooring should not be installed, like a high moisture areas. Although, engineered wood flooring can be refinished.
Laminate flooring is inexpensive and extremely durable. This is not real wood but if you like the look of wood, laminate flooring requires little maintenance. Laminate can be slippery, noisy, not comfortable to stand on, and can be susceptible to moisture damage. Sadly, they cannot be refinished.
Vinyl flooring comes in a huge variety of colors and patterns. It’s durable, soft, quiet, water resistant and inexpensive. It also requires little maintenance and is easy to repair. Vinyl flooring will fade, show wear, get nicks and rips and the edges can curl.
Linoleum flooring is making a comeback, which is now considered an environmentally friendly flooring option. Linoleum flooring is also durable, water resistant, and requires little maintenance. It’s more expensive than vinyl flooring because it’s difficult to install and is more durable than vinyl. Linoleum floor can last as long as a wood floor.
Ceramic tile is a popular choice for today’s homes. It is durable, long lasting, well in high traffic areas, and easy to clean. Ceramic tile is available in a number of sizes, shapes, textures and colors, and comes in endless design options to go with any kitchen. Ceramic tile surfaces are hard and cold, can chip and crack, grout lines can collect dirt and some surface textures can be slippery when wet.
Stone flooring, such as granite, marble, slate and limestone, can add a dramatic rich look to your kitchen. With stone kitchen flooring, staining, scratching, cracking can occur and with the softer stones, like limestone, you may also experience wearing. Stone flooring is hard and cold, will require more maintenance and when damaged, can be expensive to repair.
Brick is a unique and durable floor for the kitchen, as it resists wear and staining. Brick is beautiful, rustic, versatile in styling and patterns. Brick color won’t fade; the texture can be rough and uneven. Brick flooring can be more of a challenge to clean. Cheaper grades of brick can crack and split.
With concrete kitchen floor, you can achieve a number of attractive looks and you can even have it textured to look like stone or tile. Concrete kitchen floors are low maintenance, trendy and attractive. Although, concrete floors can be expensive, they can last a lifetime if maintained properly. Cleaning concrete floors is easy. Concrete floors are hard and susceptible to cracks.
Cork flooring looks unique and can take the kind of finish you want. It also has antimicrobial properties, making it a good choice in the kitchen. Cork floors are very soft so if you drop something it probably won’t break; it also feels good under your feet. They are an expensive and require a lot of maintenance. Kids and pets can easily damage a cork floor. Like wood floors cork floors will expand and contract with moisture and temperature changes.
Carpet in the kitchen isn’t a popular option. It’s quite and comfortable. Carpeting doesn’t have the durability of other kitchen flooring materials, hard to clean up spills and stains easily.