Kitchen Flooring Material
Do you make these mistakes in selecting you kitchen flooring material?
Kitchen flooring material is one of the most exhaustive topics in kitchen remodeling. Let me see how I can make it as simple as possible.
The kitchen floor plan is the foundation of your kitchen.
Here we are progressing on building that kitchen floor.
So, what do you look for when you’re choosing kitchen flooring material?
The key features to look for are:
– stain resistance
– easy to maintain
… at the same time, see that the kitchen flooring material complements your cabinets and your countertops.
That’s it, in a nut shell.
So which feature is more important than the others?
It depends from kitchen to kitchen and the people using them…
… if you are going to have children and pets running through your kitchen, durability is very important. More so, if you’re planning to go chasing after them 😉 The best option in this case is to go for vinyl, polyurethane coated wood and laminate.
… if you have a lot of elderly people visiting you, go for less slippery flooring materials. Avoid using marble and waxed wood for flooring.
… if comfort is what you want, go for the most cushiony options—vinyl, linoleum, and carpet. Or you might consider using other kitchen flooring materials with throw rugs placed in strategic spots, such as in front of the sink.
We’ll cover carpets a little later; bear with me for a while. 🙂
However careful you are, you can take it from me, someone is bound to spill something on your new floor. When that happens, you’ll be able to wipe it up the easiest off of vinyl, laminate, and linoleum.
Other flooring materials, such as stone, wood, and concrete, will require special sealants to get that kind of easy cleanup.
Concerned about the environment?
You’ll want to know that linoleum is made of all natural materials.
What about carpets?
Of all the choices, carpet seems to make the least practical choice as a kitchen flooring material. Try to keep it away from the main work area, even if it’s a durable product like Berber.
Got a radiant heat system?
Stone, tile, and concrete work best with a radiant heat system.
Maintain the height of your new flooring through the whole kitchen so that it allows your appliances to be rolled out for repair or replacement. Or better yet, install the flooring under all the removable appliances.