Choosing the best and right flooring for your kitchen is a fun, but sometimes challenging task depending on your priorities. Most homeowners spend a large chunk of time in the kitchen, which is why this decision isn’t usually taken lightly. Our experts here at Floor Coverings International of Austin are here to help make that decision a little bit easier.
Kitchen: Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood flooring in your kitchen is great for open, modern floor plans as it can easily transition to other areas near the kitchen. It’s also very durable, especially with the right finish. It’s also a great choice if you’re looking for ways to add more value to your home as hardwood floors are essentially timeless and can go with almost any design theme.
The right finish makes a huge difference when choosing hardwoods as your flooring of choice in your kitchen. Durability is key for the kitchen, so you’ll want to go with a sturdier finish to protect your floors should cookware or other items fall on the floor. Additionally, make sure the finish you choose is as moisture-resistant as they come since you’re in the kitchen. We would recommend going with an engineered wood specifically for the kitchen as the backing is less expensive plywood covered with the real, beautiful hardwood we all know and love. It makes the flooring that much stronger, and creates less of a risk for warps due to moisture.
Kitchen: Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring is also a great choice for the kitchen, especially if your budget restrains you from being able to install hardwood floors. Vinyl flooring is very easy to maintain, and is a bit softer than usual hard-surface materials which is also great for kitchens if you’re on your feet cooking a lot.
Vinyl flooring is super easy to clean, and is fairly durable as well. You can choose a vinyl by its thickness; therefore it’s versatile in its choices to match your design themes. It is much more slippery when it’s wet than other flooring choices, so make sure to keep that in mind. It also requires a little more maintenance as its finishing layer can wear off a little quicker than other flooring materials depending on how you care for the floor and how much damage is done to the floor. Overall, it’s a great choice for kitchen floors with those caveats.
Kitchen: Porcelain Tile Flooring
Lastly, porcelain tile is another great choice for kitchen floors in particular. They are fairly low maintenance, but very tough and durable which is ideal for kitchen conditions. As the most common ceramic tile, it’s practically the most stain-resistant and moisture-resistant flooring option out there. It’s often used outdoors for that very reason, however you can glaze your tiles so that they feel nice and look like they are supposed to be in your kitchen.
If you choose this type of flooring material, make sure you choose the slip-resistant styles as the glaze can cause the tiles to become slippery. This is also a very versatile choice as there are lots of styles and formats these tiles come in.
Overall, you can’t go wrong with any of these choices, but some may fit your needs better than others. If you have additional questions or would like to discuss options with a professional, give our team at Floor Coverings International of Austin a call.