Select Kitchen Flooring that Matches Your Lifestyle Part 2by Lutes Custom Cabinetry on 2019-06-27 17:00:20
Kitchen remodels provide the perfect opportunity to consider replacing a worn or outdated kitchen floor with one that better coordinates with or complements your new kitchen materials.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 last month's blog article, we began a discussion about a few of the most popular kitchen flooring materials, including hardwood, vinyl, and linoleum. In this article, we'll discuss tile, laminate, and bamboo flooring options, and some pros and cons of each.
Ceramic or Porcelain Tile
The durability and water resistance of tile make it an excellent option for high-traffic kitchens—especially those kitchens frequented by pets or kids. Tiles are available in many different colors and can mimic other types of flooring such as hardwood or natural stone. There are countless ways to arrange tiles for a pattern that gives your kitchen a unique look, and different colors or sizes of tiles can be combined to create accents or focal points in the room. While tiles are extremely durable and scratch resistant, issues such as house settling or improper installation can cause tiles to develop cracks over time. Very heavy objects dropped on tiles can also cause them to crack or chip. Tile floor is slightly more challenging to keep clean that some other flooring options due to the grout between tiles where dirt or food particles tend to settle. Grout needs to be resealed periodically, so there is also that ongoing maintenance to consider. Tile floors have a reputation for being cold and hard, but that can be solved with some strategically placed rugs or cushioned mats, or even heated tile flooring if the budget allows.
Pros: Natural material, extremely durable, water and scratch resistant, endless design possibilities
Cons: Cold and hard underfoot, grout needs cleaned and resealed, higher cost
Laminate is a great option for budget-conscious homeowners who desire the look of hardwood flooring without the cost, and it is relatively easy for beginners to install. Laminate is produced by printing a high-resolution image of a natural flooring material such hardwood, tile, or stone, onto a layer that is covered with a durable, clear wear layer. Those layers are placed on top of a core layer for added stability, and sometimes backed by an underlayment that helps protect the subfloor and provide a sound barrier. High-quality laminates are produced to hold up extremely well to scratches, dents, and everyday wear and tear, making laminate a practical option for dog owners, families with kids, or busy, active households. Laminate floors are easy to clean using a dry microfiber mop and a floor spray made especially for laminate floors. Because laminate floors can be warped or damaged by excess or standing water, they should not be wet mopped, and messes should be tended to immediately.
Pros: Durable, affordable, scratch and stain resistant, easy to clean, easy to install
Cons: Not water resistant, man-made materials, can't be refinished
Bamboo shares many of the same pros and cons as hardwood flooring at a similar price range, but offers a look that pairs well with modern and contemporary interior designs. Bamboo gets its unique look from strips of bamboo stalks that are placed side-by-side and glued together. The varying grain pattern can run vertically or horizontally, depending on how the stalks are arranged. High-quality bamboo floors are durable, but like hardwood floors, they tend to scratch and dent easier than options such as vinyl, tile, or laminate. Caution should be taken when moving furniture or appliances across a bamboo floor, and chair or stool legs should include casters or protective felt pads to prevent scratches. Like hardwood floor, bamboo can be refinished—a benefit laminate does not offer.
Pros: Made from a renewable resource, durable, easy to clean, can be refinished
Cons: Not water resistant, susceptible to scratches and dents, typically costs more than laminate
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! Give us a call at 330.756.2326 to get started.