The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in every home. Whether you plan to live in the home for a while or resell it in a few years, the kitchen flooring is going to be an important decision. A well remodeled kitchen adds tremendous value to a home. It is helpful to pick your flooring when you choose your cabinets, backsplash and paint colors to ensure a cohesive look.
Kitchen flooring needs to be durable. The kitchen has a lot of foot traffic. Things drop on the floor and water is always a concern, so keep in mind the ease of clean up. If you have pets, getting a floor that is scratch resistant is recommended. Luckily, today you don't have to choose between aesthetics and durability. Many of these flooring options can be installed professionally or as a do-it- yourself option. However, if you install the flooring yourself, be aware that proper installation is a must for water resistance and durability.
Laminate or Wood
Wood or laminate flooring is warm and inviting. Wood can last a lifetime if properly cared for. It also lends itself to rustic, modern or traditional styles. Wood is generally easy to clean and care for, but can dent if heavy items are dropped on it. Laminate is a cheaper alternative. Current laminates have more realistic finishes and can often be put down right over your existing floor. This reduces time, mess and costs associated with a remodel. Laminate can fade and scratch. Some are susceptible to water damage, so do some research before you buy.
Ceramic or Porcelain Tile
Ceramic tile is one of the most common and most popular flooring options. The tiles can be large or small, patterned or solid. Some ceramic can also be floated over your existing floor. This is the go to flooring for most people. Porcelain is a more expensive option that ceramic, but is less porous and more durable. Both porcelain and ceramic tiles can chip or crack, but generally they are durable.
Natural stone floors are timelessly stylish and durable. Generally, stone requires more maintenance than other flooring options and can be the most expensive. Natural stone is porous and will need to be sealed properly to prevent damage. Granite and slate are less porous, while travertine and marble are more porous. Always have natural stone professionally installed.
Vinyl or Linoleum
This category has seen a lot of improvements over the last decade. Many vinyl and linoleum options mimic stone and wood effectively. These options are popular because of their durability and price point. They are easy to clean and resist scratching and fading. Linoleum is considered a green flooring option since it is made from linseed and wood powder.