Kitchen flooring needs to be tough! Some of the least expensive flooring materials make the best kitchen floors.
Naturally you will want a flooring material that tolerates lots of foot traffic, moisture/water, acidic food and household products and looks GREAT too... and many flooring materials are not cut out for the job!
Here you'll find the type of materials considered to be the best performers in a kitchen. What I have found is it is always helpful to be informed about the product before you go shopping... That is what you'll find here, lots of information!
When entering a home or business the first thing people notice is the flooring (check for yourself and see if this applies to you), and the kitchen is the place people most like to gather! So keep this in mind when choosing your kitchen flooring.
Very environmentally friendly, cork sheets, planks or tiles are extremely durable, low-costing, practical and easy to maintain. It also makes a great insulator and noise buffer...
There is a huge choice of colors and designs available, and installation is quite easy.
The only disadvantage is "scuff" marks, but removing these is easily done by sanding with a fine grade of sand paper.
When it comes to the environment, vinyl is not biodegradable and contributes to land-fills. Manufacturers have made little progress in solving this BIG issue. Otherwise, vinyl makes a very good kitchen flooring material.
Disadvantages: Punctures quite easily and sunlight does affect the surface coating.
Linoleum is practical and inexpensive. It is resistant to moisture and dents, and is not affected by sunlight. With a wide selection of colors, patterns, and designs available there is no problem finding something to fit any life-style.
Choose from sheet or tile form. Self-adhesive tiles are available, but are usually of poor quality and not recommended. Linoleum is more flexible than vinyl, easier to handle, and installs with less difficulty.
You have many colors to choose from, and it will never fade because it is throughout the thickness of the flooring, not just on the surface...
Available in tiles (interlocking) and sheets, it is more costly than the other resilient flooring (except leather).
Made from recycled rubber, it is extremely durable, easy to clean and requires very little maintenance. Another very significant feature about rubber is it's heat (fire) resistant!
Most natural stone materials are very sensitive to anything acidic and may need to be sealed when installed in a kitchen or bathroom. Always follow the manufacturer's advise. When in doubt, ask your flooring distributor...Better safe than sorry!
Marble or granite may not be the best choices for kitchen flooring simply because they are VERY expensive, need a little extra TLC, especially marble because acidic products, like lemons and vinegar, will cause it to etch. Consider, too, that these natural stones are not so easy to remove should you ever want to change the flooring material...
However, they are beautiful and if you are wanting a "formal" looking kitchen, and if price is no object, these are the natural stones that will create that "look".
Natural stones are all extremely durable, and when properly sealed and cared for they will resist moisture and staining. That is to say, these types of accidents need attention as soon as possible...
All of these natural stones will last a life time...
Cleaning and care is fairly simple once you learn how... BUT using cleaning products made for natural stones is a must!
Stone flooring materials are expensive! All but slate should be installed by an expert, thus increasing your costs. But the end result is worth every penny if you can afford it...
Natural stone flooring is either tile or slab, with many sizes available. Another option is to have them cut to specification.
Nature is very generous, she has provided an abundance of colors, veining and textures for every type of natural stone...
Granite has the most colors and patterns of all the natural stones. Literally hundreds (maybe thousands) to choose from...
However, all natural stones are hard and cold underfoot, so you may want to consider radiant floor heat underfoot.
Economical for the budget-minded, they require little care or maintenance, and can be easily installed by a (DIY) do it yourself!
Ceramic tiles can be found in every color, design, pattern and size imaginable, and their flexibility will let you be more creative when planning your floor design.
Porcelain tiles are softer in appearance, with many neutral tones of various shades, and present a warm, inviting, calm effect...
For wet areas, ceramic or porcelain must be sealed. Buying them already sealed from the manufacturer will save you the trouble of doing it yourself... However, the grout will need to be sealed after installation is completed.
When buying your tile, always add an extra box so you'll have them on hand. You never know when one may chip or crack, especially during installation...
Beautiful, sleek, modern terrazzo is extremely durable, waterproof, very easy to maintain and equally difficult to install,
terrazzo flooring comes with a BIG price tag, too! You'll find there is no other flooring like it and nothing you don't like about it, if you can afford it!...
You can make your own design with a mix from chips of marble, glass, sea shells, etc., or keep it solid. You can choose the whole shebang!
Choose from either having the material mixed and poured on-site, or made into tiles. Either way, you are definitely going to need it done professionally...
Terrazzo does costs an arm & a leg! But if you can afford it there is nothing like it. Just picture it as your kitchen flooring... you would never see another like your it!
Polished to a mirror reflection gloss, but not necessarily slippery. It will be years and years before it will need refinished or replaced, if ever!
Laminate woods make exceptional looking, extremely durable kitchen floors, and an excellent alternative to solid and engineered wood floors, but without the headaches... Because they are economically priced, nearly maintenance free, and in most cases you could do the installation yourself, laminate floors are in high-demand.
Built tough to withstand heavy traffic, resist scratches, dents, staining and moisture. The highest quality laminates have water resistant cores and waxed sealed edges to keep moisture out... for a lot less money and maintenance, it will out-perform solid hardwoods on every count ...
The main thing is to do your homework before you buy. Some laminates are not meant to be used in wet areas like the kitchen or bathroom. Allco Manufacturers make an exceptional laminate wood that works very well as kitchen flooring. You could use it's production method as a guideline when comparing brands.
When it comes to laminate wood flooring material your options are many. There is a variety of different length, width, planks, boards, grain patterns and colors available to choose from. Something for every style and budget.
Some advice: When buying laminate flooring it is always wise to buy extra.
Unlike solid hardwoods, laminate cannot be refinished. However, considering the price difference between the two, you won't break the bank to replace it!
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Flooring materials of solid hardwoods, bamboo, carpeting, leather, and natural fibers make wonderful floor coverings, just not the best in the kitchen...especially carpeting of any kind!
It doesn't mean you can't use them as kitchen flooring, but there are many other types of exceptional materials to choose from that will work much better, so why ask for problems when you can avoid them... plus the expense...
Hardwoods are porous (staining and bacteria) affected by acidic products, not moisture friendly (no matter what you've heard) and will dent easily. Bamboo is beautiful but not hearty enough to withstand the hazards of a kitchen. Carpeting is definitely OUT for obvious reasons. Leather is too sensitive to tolerate anything other than a friendly spot
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