Kitchen Flooring - Design and Material Considerations
Flooring for the busiest room in the house
When it comes to the home, your kitchen flooring has to cope with some of the highest amounts of traffic. Therefore one needs to fit a material that is highly durable, heavy wearing and strong. Remember this is the place where the most spills also occur and the room that holds some of the heaviest fittings (stove, fridge, dishwasher etc.) Not only this but your kitchen floor will also have to compliment and match your existing cupboards, counters and appliances.
Your floor can, and this is only if it chosen correctly, accentuate the existing kitchen counters, cabinets, and appliances. You will be grateful to know that there are a number of options and designs available that will satisfy all tastes, ranging from granite to travertine. It is easy to become overwhelmed so do not hesitate to seek professional advice from a reputable interior designer or contractor.
Engineered Kitchen Flooring
When choosing a kitchen floor you should always factor in your lifestyle, and of course any budget constraints. If you do have a budget restriction then you might want to consider the cheaper yet durable option of installing vinyl flooring or ceramic tile flooring in you kitchen. Proper installation is a must with vinyl so make sure not to skimp in this area. Just remember that you want the floor to last, so what you may save now by going for a lower quality material will cost you when you have to replace it in just a few years time.
Kitchen Floors in Wood
Wood floors, whether a veneer or a pure cut, is a very popular choice for kitchens. The reason why so many people choose this material is because it adds an air of warmth and natural beauty to the room, while at the same time being completely practical. Advances in wood finishes have meant that wood is not as susceptible to damage from spills and leaks. It should be noted that a pure hardwood floor of maple or oak is considerably more expensive than fitting a prefinished veneer.
Stone Kitchen Flooring
A more enduring material for a kitchen is stone flooring. The popular choices are usually marble, granite, slate and travertine. Although, unarguably the most attractive is marble but it is probably also the most expensive and the least resistant to scratches. Granite is the most hard-wearing but some people are not taken with its typical "salt and pepper" coloration. When combined with matching counters you are presented with one of the most elegant sights, not only this, but the kitchen becomes completely spill resistant. Stone flooring is also very hygienic and is the easiest to clean.