In our first installment of, "How to Choose the Best Kitchen Floor for Your Home," we covered important topics such as selecting a kitchen floor material based on traffic patterns and your cleaning routine. We listed two types of tile floors, ceramic and porcelain, and their strengths and weaknesses. Part 2 continues with more options for kitchen flooring materials:
How to Choose The Best Kitchen Floor for Your Home Part 2
Wood flooring has come back in a big way in both new and remodeled homes. Popular wood choices include oak, cherry, maple and mahogany.
Strengths: Wood floors are comfortable to stand on, and have a warm appearance that blends the kitchen with adjacent living spaces seamlessly. They can be a great investment and increase your home's value.
Weaknesses: If wood floors are exposed to water, they can buckle or warp. Regular wax and oil treatments can help, but the finishes can be less resilient. Pretreated wood is often more durable than untreated wood for kitchens.
Laminate floors come in a wide variety of styles and can imitate natural dark wood, light wood, bamboo or stone. It's affordable, and that can be attractive to many homeowners.
Strengths: Laminate floors can be installed directly over your existing floors, which reduces labor costs. The product is less costly than tile or hardwood, plus, it's less prone to scratches and dings than natural wood.
Weaknesses: Water can damage laminate floors by causing them to buckle or warp. Laminate floors cannot be refinished, and they have a shorter lifespan than tile or natural wood flooring.
Vinyl floors come in either sheets or tiles. It's available in a wide range of designs, colors and styles. It's easy to cut, but it requires professional installation oftentimes.
Strengths: Vinyl floors are durable and long-lasting, plus they often come with warranties. Vinyl can be installed over the subfloor, or even over existing vinyl. The floors are easy to clean, and they offer lots of cushioning for people who stand for long periods of time.
Weaknesses: Vinyl is made of PVC, and that means it can emit volatile compounds into the air when the floors are new. Vinyl floors can be scratched by people who are hard on them.
Simply put, FloorQuest knows kitchen floors. If you have more questions about what flooring is right for your home, contact any FloorQuest location today.