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6 Kitchen Flooring Options

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One of the major considerations in a kitchen remodel is flooring. New kitchen flooring can bring an older kitchen back to life; brighten a kitchen with warmth and color or add a special pop to a new kitchen.


Kitchen flooring must be attractive and practical at the same time. A kitchen is an active environment so a floor must withstand spills and moisture and resist dings, dents and scratches.


Let’s look at what’s available:



1. Vinyl Flooring:


Vinyl flooring is the most practical material for a kitchen, it’s inexpensive, provides an easy-to-clean surface and comes in countless designs. Vinyl comes as tiles, planks or roll flooring. The tiles and planks can easily be installed by the home owner. Roll flooring makes a seamless floor that is almost indestructible. Top selling brands include Armstrong, Mannington, Shaw and Traffic Master.



Advantages of Vinyl Flooring:


1. Modern vinyl flooring can simulate tile or wood in appearance and costs less to install.

2. It is available in planks, tile or roll and in most cases can be installed by the home owner.

3. Durable, dent and scratch resistant.

4. Available in numerous colors and styles.


Downside Includes:


1. Despite modern manufacturing techniques vinyl flooring still looks like vinyl.

2. Roll vinyl flooring is not easily repaired if damaged.

3. Not an ideal floor for a high end kitchen where appearance is the top consideration.



2. Ceramic Tile Flooring:


Ceramic tile has been a staple in American kitchens for many years; extremely durable, ceramic tile is available in numerous colors, sizes and styles. Newer designs simulate wood and stone.  Top selling brands include Daltile, MS International, Marazzi and Traffic Master.




Advantages' of Ceramic Tile Flooring


1. Extreme durability, moisture and stain resistant.

2. Almost unlimited styles, patterns and colors.

3. Definitely a DIY product, many home owners have installed their own flooring


Downside of Ceramic Tile:


1. Replacing broken tiles can be difficult.

2. Tile can crack; dropped cups and dishes will break. 

3. Sub-floor must be solid and installation is time consuming.



3. Laminate Flooring:


Laminate flooring is easy to install and comes in a wide variety styles. Laminate flooring can mimic almost anything from oak to marble. Due to the fact laminate flooring floats on the sub floor replacing damaged planks is relatively easy. Maintenance is easy, no wet moping or waxing is ever needed. The most popular brands include Armstrong, Mannington, Shaw, Tarkett and Traffic Master.




Advantages’ of Laminate Flooring:


1. Almost unlimited colors styles and patterns.

2. Easy to install, much easier to install than ceramic tile.

3. Virtually no maintenance required.


Downside of Laminate flooring:


1. Laminate flooring can be permanently damaged by water spills and leaks.

2. Damaged laminate flooring is difficult to repair and often must be replaced.

3. Being synthetic product laminate flooring cannot be sanded and refinished.



4. Engineered Wood Flooring:


Engineered wood flooring uses a thin layer of real wood over a structural plywood base. Bamboo is a popular engineered wood product. Engineered wood flooring enhances a kitchen with a real wood look and is easier to install than solid wood flooring. Top Brands include Bruce, Mannington, Shaw and Tarkett.




Engineered Wood Flooring Advantages:



1. Real wood look, with easier installation than solid wood flooring.

2. Available in a number of wood species to match your kitchen decor.

3. High end engineered wood flooring can be sanded and refinished.



Downside of Engineered Wood flooring:


1. Easily damaged by dropped items.

2. Doesn’t wear as well as solid wood or laminate flooring.

3. Veneer on most brands  is thin and often cannot be refinished.



5. Solid Wood Flooring:


Solid wood flooring has been a staple in American homes for centuries. It offers a great deal of "hominess" to the kitchen. Solid wood flooring is also a good choice for a busy kitchen. It wears well and can be refinished numerous times making it a permanent flooring choice for your kitchen. Popular brands include Armstrong, Bruce, Mannington, Shaw and Tarkett.




Solid Wood Flooring Advantages:


1. Real wood cannot be matched for style or durability.

2. Available in numerous species and colors.

3. Can be refinished multiple times to restore or change the color.


Downside of Solid Wood Flooring:


1. Can easily be dented.

2. Surface finish often not as durable as laminate flooring. 

3. Not a good choice for basements or other damp areas.


6. Linoleum Flooring:



Linoleum flooring dates back to the 1800’s, it is made of a combination of linseed oil, limestone and wood products, it’s very durable and used to be a staple in American homes. Linoleum is still available today and is a good choice due to its ability to wear well and resist fading caused by the sun.




Linoleum Flooring Advantages:


1. Long wearing, often lasts 30 to 40 years.

2. Scratch and dent resistant.

3. A true all natural product.


Downside of Linoleum:


1. Expensive to purchase.

2. Can be damaged by some cleaning solvents.

3. Hard to find in many parts of the country.



Top considerations when purchasing kitchen Flooring:


1. Consider the traffic volume of your kitchen, the amount of sunlight it receives and the amount of wear and tear the floor will have to endure. A lighting used kitchen will need less durable flooring than one in which you walk through to enter or exit your home every day.


2. Ceramic tile, vinyl and linoleum are the most moisture resistant flooring, while engineered wood and laminate are easily damaged by moisture.


3. If you choose an engineered or solid wood product, select one with a good quality factory finish. Factory finishes are much more durable than any finishes applied after installation. And factory finishes are often warranted by the manufacturer.


4. Select samples of your top two or three choices and take them home to check how they will look and feel in your kitchen.


5. Always choose an installer carefully, check their references and ask to see recent jobs they have completed.


6. Before making a final choice visit your local Home Depot, our flooring specialists can show all of the options, supply samples and help you avoid the pitfalls of selecting the wrong flooring. We also install all of the flooring we sell and guarantee your complete satisfaction!



Mike, The Home Depot Answer Man


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Posted 2015-04-13T19:19:09+0000  by Mike_HD_OC Mike_HD_OC