Floor tends to be the most forgotten element when people think about a kitchen remodel, but the truth is that it is a key aspect in the whole design, and we also have to think about its functionality.
Kitchen is a space for work and social interaction and floors have to deal with splashes, stains, heat, dropped utensils, and also the continuous rubbing of the feet, because it is a high-traffic area. So, when you ask about which material can be well suited to this area, there are 4 keys: durability, maintenance, style and price.
Let’s talk about the most common materials and its pros and cons.
Hardwood: With no doubts it looks great in a Kitchen, but it has a lot of weaknesses. It doesn’t deal good with water, stains and high traffic. It’s expensive and you will need to pay a lot more for maintenance.
Natural Stone: This beautiful material adds a great touch of style and elegance to any kitchen and it comes with a lot of options as marble, granite, limestone, sandstone, travertine and many others. They are also long-lasting. The drawback to stone is that it is porous and therefore susceptible to water and liquid stain penetration, which is a common problem in the kitchen. It will be necessary to have a rigorous maintenance routine with sealers and special products. And for sure, they are not the cheapest option.
Concrete: Another material with a great look, it also offers a long term durability and is cheap and easy to maintain. The only problem with it is the weight. This material can’t be used if you have a basement or if your floor is not at ground level.
Vinyl: This is one of the easiest and most versatile kitchen flooring solutions. It deals well with stains, damage, and water issues, is easy to clean and an affordable option to consider. However, expect to replace it every decade or so, as it wears and fades fast with heavy use.
Tile: For us this is the King of materials, because it lets you have the look of any of the other options, with the best durability, the best price, and less effort to maintain. You can have wood-look tiles, natural stone-look tiles, concrete-look tiles, and the options are almost infinite.
To choose the best option, you must analyze your kitchen project requirements, your needs, your taste but also consider a flooring expert’s advisory to make the right decision.
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