Select Kitchen Flooring that Matches Your Lifestyle Part 1

by Lutes Custom Cabinetry on 2019-05-22 11:16:16

Kitchen remodels often include new floors, especially if the previous floor is damaged, worn out, outdated, or just won't coordinate well with the new materials. Because kitchen floors are in such a high-use area in your home, it's important to carefully consider the options and choose a flooring material that fits both your lifestyle and your budget. In this two-part series, we'll discuss several of the most popular flooring options for kitchens, along with some pros and cons of each.

Hardwood Flooring

Durable, natural, warm, and welcoming, hardwood is a popular flooring option throughout the home, and the kitchen is no exception. Those who have an open floor plan may choose hardwood flooring for their kitchen in order to accomplish a seamless look throughout the main living area. Hardwood flooring is available in a variety of finishes, so finding a finish that either matches or compliments cabinetry and molding shouldn't be difficult. Hardwood does tend to scratch and dent easily, and it is not water resistant, so it may not be the best kitchen flooring option for families with dogs, especially if water bowls are kept in the kitchen. Caution should be taken when moving furniture or appliances across a hardwood floor, and chair or stool legs should include casters or protective felt pads to prevent scratches. Even if it does become scratched, a considerable benefit of hardwood floor is the ability to refinish it down the road.

 Pros: Natural material, has a warm look and feel, can be refinished

Cons: Not water resistant, susceptible to scratches and dents, higher cost

Vinyl Flooring

Extremely water resistant and durable, vinyl is an excellent option for rooms that are more likely to endure water damage or spills, so it perfect for kitchens and bathrooms. These days, the decorative options available in vinyl are nearly endless. Vinyl can be created to mimic more costly flooring options such as tile, hardwood, or natural stone while providing a resilient surface that “gives” slightly and is more comfortable to stand on for prolonged periods of time than tile, stone, or hardwood. Vinyl is available in sheet vinyl, tile, or luxury vinyl tile or planks depending on preference.

Pros: Budget friendly, durable, water and scratch resistant, many design options, easy to clean

Cons: Man-made material, not as environmentally friendly as natural flooring options

Linoleum Flooring

The terms “vinyl” and “linoleum" are often used interchangeably, and while the two materials share some similarities, they are actually very different materials. Unlike vinyl, linoleum is composed of natural materials, making it a more environmentally friendly option than vinyl. Linoleum is typically produced using a combination of materials that are mixed with linseed (flaxseed) oil, such as natural wood flour, pine rosins, or cork dust. If there is any downside to these natural materials, it's that they are more susceptible to water damage than vinyl, so all seams must be properly sealed upon installation and resealed periodically to keep water from damaging the floor.

Pros: Budget friendly, made of natural materials, durable, water resistant when sealed, easy to clean

Cons: Not as durable as vinyl, needs to be sealed for water resistance, generally fewer design options

When you choose Lutes to do your kitchen remodel, we can help you choose a floor that not only looks beautiful in your kitchen, but that is just right for your lifestyle and budget. Stay tuned for our discussion of more flooring options in next month's Sanding Block Blog.

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