Kitchen Flooring Options
Explore the different flooring types available to you and your home
By Linda Hinkle
Kitchen flooring options range from the rich warmth of natural hardwood to the less expensive but durable laminate finishes. When choosing the best option for your kitchen floor, you'll want to consider important factors such as amount of traffic the area will receive; ease of care and installation; cost; and your personal preferences with regard to style and color.
Wood flooring is available in a variety of styles and is an affordable option for the kitchen. A beautiful hardwood floor adds warmth to a room, and is quiet and easy to care for. The durability of a wood floor depends primarily on the species of wood used and how it is finished. Wood flooring is a major feature when selling a house and retains its value over time. Another advantage of wood flooring is that it can be sanded and refinished.
Laminate floors offer the beauty of a natural surface at a much lower cost. Laminate flooring has a factory finish and is available in designs that look like real wood, tile, stone and slate. Laminate floors are extremely durable with a high resistance to dents and spills. They are also easy to install and can be laid over existing floors. A drawback to laminate flooring is that it tends to be noisier than other floorings.
An increasingly common choice for kitchen flooring in recent years is ceramic tile. It is available in many different colors and patterns, which allows for individual customization. Although ceramic tile is easy to clean, the grout lines surrounding the tiles can be difficult to care for. Other types of tile available for kitchen flooring include quarry, terracotta and glass. Tile feels cold to bare feet and does not provide effective sound control. It is, however, probably the best option for kitchens with high traffic areas.
Vinyl flooring is one of the most affordable kitchen flooring options available and is very resilient. It comes in sheets and in peel-and-stick tiles that many homeowners install themselves. Vinyl is easy to maintain and is available in an almost endless selection of patterns and colors. One drawback to vinyl flooring is that the edges sometimes curl.
The material most often used for kitchen flooring is linoleum. A favorite among homeowners since the 1950s, it comes in a vast range of colors and designs, and is inexpensive and durable. Linoleum is also popular because of its environmentally friendly qualities. It is made from cork dust, linseed oil, ground limestone, tree resins and wood flour.
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Linda Hinkle is a contributor to DexKnows.com.
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