It’s also really important to consider where your kitchen is located in relation to the rest of your house. If, for example, your kitchen is just a few steps from your garage or swimming pool, and that’s where the kids are going to come in wearing muddy shoes and wet towels, so you should keep that firmly in mind.
As you begin to do some research about flooring product choices for your kitchen upgrade, consider the following pros and cons:
Let’s begin with tile. Ceramic tile is a popular choice for nearly any interior design style and budget. The diverse choices for color, shape, size, and pattern are almost without limit, so, whether your preference is for country or contemporary, you can surely find the ‘look’ that will suits your taste.
Nonetheless, it can be hard and therefore unpleasant to stand on for long periods. Of course, mats with ample cushioning can be used to minimize this discomfort. Tile can also crack when floors start to settle, and a heavy object dropped on kitchen tile flooring is almost certain to shatter it. In addition, tile floors will become slippery when wet. Finally, understand that if grout is used, it will need periodic resealing and special cleaning products to resist staining.
Porcelain tile is a sub-product of ceramic tile and comes in diverse colors, shapes and styles. Porcelain tile is created so that it has color completely throughout the tile. Therefore, damage is going to be less obvious. Manufacturers are increasingly using new high-definition printing methods to create new tiles that look exactly like hardwood, natural stone and other substances. Since these new tiles goes through 15 or more screenings, they are so realistic that you really have to get almost on top of them to determine if what you are seeing is wood, marble or tile.
Wood floors are obviously sensitive to water damage and scratches. And while these floors can be finished with oil and wax, this finish is considerably less resilient in a kitchen setting, and will therefore require regular waxing. Wood flooring that is pretreated at the factory is actually a more durable choice for any kitchen. However, wood floors used in kitchens will need resealing every five years or so.
Laminate flooring comes in a wide variety of styles to emulate natural dark wood, light wood, stone or bamboo. It’s lower cost and simpler installation makes it an attractive choice for many homeowners.
Laminate flooring can be installed directly over any existing flooring, significantly lowering labor costs. This flooring product is less expensive than hardwood or tile. It is also less likely to become scratched than natural wood flooring is.
Exposure to water can cause laminate flooring to buckle-up or warp. Laminate is not suitable for refinishing, and has a much shorter lifespan than natural wood flooring or tile.
Vinyl flooring can be had in the form of either tiles or sheets. It is available in a diverse range of colors, styles and designs. Vinyl is also easy to cut. Vinyl sheets frequently require professional installation; however the tiles are a fairly simple do-it-yourself remodeling project.
Vinyl is manufactured with polyvinylchloride (PVC), which, when new, can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. Drop anything on your vinyl floor, or slide a chair over it, because Vinyl can be easily scratched. It is easily maintained and cleans easily. It also has cushioning that helps if you are standing on it for a longer period of time.