Let’s face it – the floors in your home take a beating. But, nowhere is this more so than in the kitchen. Your kitchen is the center for cooking, homework, family time, and neighborhood get-together’s. When shopping for a new kitchen floor, it’s important to find materials that can withstand constant foot traffic and appeal to your personal sense of style. As you begin your research, here are some pros and cons to consider when it comes to some of the most popular products on the market today.
Pros: Attractive, affordable, durable, and easy-to-clean. Ceramic tile comes in a wide array of colors, sizes, shapes, and patterns – to suit any taste.
Cons: Ceramic is very hard which makes it uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time. Can be slippery when wet. Grout requires periodic cleaning and sealing.
Pros: Like ceramic, porcelain is attractive, affordable, durable, and easy-to-clean. It comes in even a wider variety of colors, sizes, shapes, and patterns – some patterns mimic natural stone – than ceramic tile.
Cons: Porcelain is also a very hard material, making it uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time. Also requires periodic cleaning and sealing.
Pros: Wood flooring is timeless, classic, and its appeal has always been strong. Wood is considered to be a good investment and can actually increase the value of your home.
Cons: Hardwood is prone to damage and scratches. It’s also not water and moisture resistant so may not be the most ideal flooring material for the kitchen.
Vinyl sheets or tile
Pros: Vinyl flooring is available in a wide range of colors and styles. Vinyl tiles are easy to cut and make a nice DIY project. Vinyl is durable, strong, easy-to-clean, and maintenance-free.
Cons: Vinyl sheet requires professional installation. Vinyl may also be easily scratched or gouged.
Pros: Laminate is a very affordable option. It’s durable, doesn’t require maintenance, and is not prone to scratching and gouging.
Cons: Excessive water and moisture can, however, cause laminate flooring to warp.
Pros: Concrete is very tough and, if properly maintained and sealed, can last indefinitely. Concrete can be mixed to achieve a wide variety of colors and textures.
Cons: Concrete is, of course, extremely hard, making it uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time. Concrete floors do require maintenance – they must be sealed or waxed every few months