When comparing kitchen designs, one of the biggest factors is flooring. Not only is its appearance an important part of the room’s aesthetics, but the option you choose also has to be durable enough to meet the demands of a kitchen. This part of the home experiences a lot of foot traffic! You want flooring that can stand up to all that action, and also provide moisture protection against splashes and spills. Here we’ll take a look at some of the best flooring options for your DIY kitchen remodel.
1. Porcelain Tile
You’ll see tile featured in many kitchen designs because it is waterproof and extremely durable. Tile also offers a lot of style options, so you should have no problem finding a complementary match for your kitchen.
When it comes to the type of tile, porcelain is usually preferred in the kitchen because it is manufactured to be harder and less porous, making it more durable than ceramic tile.
What’s not to love about tile? If you have children in the home, and dropped serving ware is not uncommon, you may want to go with a more forgiving surface.
Vinyl is definitely more forgiving than tile. It’s a resilient surface, so it has a little bounce. That means your dishes are less likely to break if they’re dropped — and your feet won’t hurt as much when prepping for dinner.
Another reason homeowners opt for vinyl is the cost. Vinyl is usually less expensive when compared to tile, but is still waterproof and stain resistant. This budget friendly alterative closely mimics tile while costing less and maintaining quality.
3. Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood flooring is gorgeous, but it is less resistant to water and stains than tile and vinyl. There will be maintenance involved with hardwood, but if you love the look, it may be worth it. Hardwood flooring also adds value to your home. If you’re planning on selling your property in the near future, this might be the right flooring option for your DIY kitchen remodel.
If you want the look of hardwood flooring without the wear and tear, laminate is the flooring for you. This alternative is manufactured to look like wood, but is more resistant to scratches and dents. It actually uses a photographic layer, which is why it looks so closely like the real thing, and is then laminated to create a harder more durable surface. You really are getting the best of both worlds with laminate.
5. Green Flooring
We are also seeing an increased demand in flooring for green kitchen designs. Homeowners looking for sustainable materials are turning to cork and linoleum. Cork is waterproof and has a softer texture, which makes it more resilient and comfortable to walk on. With cork, you should expect to reseal it every few years. Linoleum is another eco-friendly option that is also resilient and pretty durable. Unlike cork, it also comes in a wide range of colors and styles.
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