Laminate kitchen flooring
Options for kitchen flooring
When it comes to making sure your home looks nice, one of the most important areas to focus on is your kitchen. The kitchen is a space where family and friends gather to spend time, make delicious meals, and eat them. That’s why it’s important to choose a flooring option that will best suit your preferences and lifestyle.
Hardwood flooring is popular, but is it a good option for kitchen flooring?
If you care most about the way it looks then, yes, hardwood is the best flooring. The material is beautiful and can last 20-30 years if properly maintained.
The problem is that hardwood flooring is vulnerable to moisture penetration. If water or any other liquid is spilled on hardwood flooring, it could result in cupping or curling which will ruin the look of your flooring.
If you decide to have hardwood flooring installed in your kitchen, make sure to have it sealed every 2-3 years in order to keep your hardwood kitchen from being damaged.
Maybe a flooring option that imitates hardwood?
There are a few hardwood-imitating options to choose from:
Engineered hardwood is an option that has a multi-layered composition and is topped with the real hardwood of your choice. The multi-layered composition makes the material moisture-resistant. However, since only the top layer of engineered hardwood is made from real wood, it can only be refinished once or twice.
There are some less expensive alternatives that are moisture- and scratch-resistant, such as laminate and vinyl flooring. However, they’re topped with high-resolution images of hardwood instead of real hardwood.
Stone tile is a one-up from hardwood flooring
Depending on your preference, natural stone (such as granite or marble) may be a better option than hardwood flooring. The variety of colors it comes in makes it great for modern kitchens.
There are two finishes for natural stone flooring: honed and polished. Honed flooring has a more matte appearance and provides more grip, while polished flooring is glossier but can be slippery.
Unfortunately, while it looks beautiful, natural stone flooring is vulnerable to moisture as well. If you want to have it installed in your kitchen, you’ll need to have your flooring sealed every few years.
Porcelain flooring is made for kitchens
Porcelain is extremely hard, which makes it a great material for kitchen flooring. Porcelain is moisture-resistant and can even be installed outdoors.
While porcelain flooring may not be as luxurious as hardwood and stone flooring, it looks nice and has through-body color. This means that if a tile chips or gets damaged, the color remains the same throughout, so it won’t be noticeable.
When you consider all the aspects of kitchen flooring, porcelain flooring is your best bet!
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