What Type of Flooring Should You Select for Your Kitchen Remodel?
Whether you have moved to a new house with a dated kitchen or are remodeling your existing kitchen, you have a lot of choices to make, and those choices aren’t cheap. You want to get the best value for your money with such a major home improvement project, but you also want to stay within your budget. When it comes to selecting a floor type for your kitchen, it can be one of the toughest decisions to make and it affects the whole design of the room. You have to factor in everything from price to practicality to style.
With so many different types of flooring available, and such a wide range of price tags, you’ll need to carefully consider what features of a floor are most important to you. Here is a quick look at some of the most popular types of kitchen floors to help you decide.
Porcelain tiles looks great in the kitchen; the good points about them are that they are very durable and resistant to water damage, scratches and wear. Although they are a type of ceramic tile, porcelain tiles are much harder so much more resistant to cracks. A downside is that grout lines can pick up stains easily but it is possible to replace the grout as it deteriorates over time.
Linoleum is a popular choice for kitchen floors. It’s made from natural materials, and it’s usually very durable. Depending on the linoleum you purchase, it may or may not be resistant to wear, and scratches. It can also be fairly expensive. However, linoleum floors do offer a lot of choice when it comes to color and style.
Vinyl flooring is easy to install by yourself, and the easiest way to do it is by buying tiles or planks of vinyl. It’s very good at resisting cracks, scratches, wear, and stains. There are many different colors and styles of vinyl flooring, and some are made to imitate stone or ceramic tile, though they can be more expensive. If vinyl flooring is damaged, it can be easy to replace a tile or plank.
Plastic laminate is a less expensive, more practical option for the kitchen when compared to wood. It can be made to look like many different types of hardwoods, and it is more durable and scratch-resistant than real wood. It can be susceptible to damage from moisture, however. It will need to be replaced after it wears.
Engineered wood is another less expensive option, and it’s made from plywood with a thin layer of real hardwood over top. Engineered would does damage easily, especially with scratches and dents, and it wears more quickly than other options. Sometimes it can be refinished, and other times it will just need to be replaced if damaged.
Solid wood is more expensive, but it looks impressive. The good thing about solid wood flooring is that it’s easy to repair and refinish in case of scratches, dents, and other damage. It is susceptible to water damage, though, and that makes some people not want to put it in their kitchens. There are many different types of solid wood flooring, such as bamboo and oak.