Kitchen Flooring Options Pros & Cons
Planning a remodeling project for your worn out kitchen can be a stressful job. Not only do you have to make sure that your cabinets are storage-efficient, that all the elements are easily accessible, or that the colors and the style match; you will also have to choose the perfect flooring for your remodeled kitchen. Flooring is a crucial part of the project, as the materials you select have to reflect both the style of your kitchen and fit your needs, which is why we created this kitchen flooring buying guide covering a range of kitchen flooring options pros and cons. Things like how much you enjoy and spend your time cooking, the floor plan and durability of the material are just a few points you need to consider.
Vinyl is by far the most popular choice because it is a low-priced material that works great for those who enjoy cooking and for homes with messy children. This material can easily be cleaned and is waterproof. It is also highly comfortable to stand on because of the foam back. It is so soft that it can even help clumsy cooks who tend to drop things like glasses and dishes. A higher quality vinyl will eliminate seams, so that water can’t crawl under. Vinyl comes in a variety of textures and colors. Some vinyl types can easily replicate the look of a ceramic tile or stone. While vinyl is fairly easy to install on your own, we highly recommend hiring professional help for a large kitchen remodeling project. Vinyl can wear off over time, but a high-quality option should last for about 20 years.
The tile has forever been the most popular choice for San Diego homeowners, and for a good reason. Tiles are extremely durable, more than any other material on this list. It is easily cleaned and stain-resistant. With proper installation tile flooring is highly resistant to water. However, since most tiles are slippery we recommend getting a slip-proof tile material to avoid any accidents. The downside to this material is that it is cold to the feet, is hard to stand on and not as friendly to any glassware you drop like the vinyl. Since proper installation is required for the tile to ensure its longevity, those who prefer the DIY method may have to reconsider asking for professional help.
Cork is an eco-friendly option made from bark. The bark grows back and is harvested around every 10 years, making cork flooring extremely eco-friendly. It is a popular choice as it is extremely soft, providing comfortable surface to stand on while preparing your favorite meals. It is also textured and slip-resistant, which will eliminate any accidents in the kitchen. You will never have to worry about the kids running around the kitchen anymore. . While cork flooring in kitchens is not waterproof but is still resistant to water, which makes it a good choice for your San Diego kitchen remodeling project. A polyurethane coating or wax will protect the cork floor from spills that can be easily cleaned. However it will require annual maintenance in order to prevent moisture developing in the seams.
Hardwood or Laminate Flooring
One of the most popular and timeless choices is hardwood floors in the kitchen. It helps create a warm, rustic atmosphere in the kitchen but can easily work with a contemporary design as well. It is resistant to humidity more than solid wood and if your kitchen is damp, hardwood flooring is a perfect option. Hardwood is highly durable and can be used for decades to come, and also requires little maintenance. The best option for your kitchen remodeling project would be engineered wood. It has a layer made of real wood backed by several layers of plywood, which is significantly less expensive.
The Leading San Diego Kitchen Remodeling Company
If you have any questions or want an expert’s advice on which flooring material to choose contact Remodel Works, the leading San Diego kitchen and bathroom remodeling company. Our friendly designers will work with you towards creating your ideal kitchen from the ground up. Get in touch with our friendly agents for a free quote and an in-home consultation.