Your kitchen is by far one of the most important rooms in your home. Some households are tough on their floors, others aren't. Some people drag chairs across their floors or have kids who play on them. Pets, for whatever reason, like to sprawl out on them even when they have their own designated furniture. It's important to know what to consider when choosing kitchen floors.
Ease of Care
Kitchen floors should all be durable and easy to clean -- and keep clean. A family with a Great Dane will have different needs than one with a chihuahua. Likewise, what works for a single senior citizen may not necessarily work for a family with four active children. We've put together a list of flooring materials, and their strengths and weaknesses to help you decide what's best for your home. With all of the flooring options available, we couldn't contain the information in just one post. Here's part 1 of How to Choose the Best Kitchen Floor for Your Home, and be sure to stay tuned for part 2.
Ceramic tile is a safe bet for almost any style and budget. The possibilities for color, size, shape and pattern or almost endless.
Strengths: Ceramic tile is attractive, durable, affordable and easy-to-clean.
Weaknesses: It's a hard surface that isn't pleasant to stand on for long periods of time -- and if you drop a glass, watch out. It's almost certain to shatter. The floors are slippery when wet and need periodic grout sealing.
Porcelain tile is a type of ceramic tile and comes in countless styles, colors and shapes.
Strengths: The color goes all the way through the tile, so damage is more likely concealed. Some manufacturers use high-definition printing techniques to replicate hardwood and natural stone.
Weaknesses: Porcelain tile is even harder than ceramic tile, so standing for a long time may be uncomfortable. And like ceramic tile, the grout needs to be sealed periodically.
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