Replacement Kitchen Flooring Material Options

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Planning to replace the old flooring in your home's kitchen is fun because you have so many options to choose from, but it is also a big decision because you will have to live with your choice for many years to come. Making the right choice is important and will allow your kitchen to look wonderful as the floor wears.

The flooring options that you have for your new kitchen floor are:

  • tile
  • laminate
  • vinyl
  • hardwood

Which flooring you choose is largely based upon how you utilize your kitchen space and your chosen design style. 

Here is some information on each flooring option to help you decide:

Tile Kitchen Floors

Tile makes a nice flooring option for active families and those with pets. Tile is relatively easy to maintain when its grout is properly sealed and comes in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and pricepoints.

The major downside of tile floors is that they can be very heavy if you use a high-quality tile. Some older homes do not have the structure needed to hold up a heavy tile floor. Additionally, dropping heavy pots or pans onto a tile floor can break the tile.

Laminate Kitchen Floors

Laminate flooring has come a long way since it first came onto the market. The image decals on the wood and vinyl laminate floors today are top-quality and many are guaranteed to last for a decade or more.

The downside of using laminate flooring in a kitchen is that water can get under the laminate planks and cause them to warp. Also, pet nails and children's toys can scratch laminate flooring.

Vinyl Kitchen Floors

Both sheet vinyl and vinyl tile floors look appropriate in a residential kitchen. Today's vinyl is designed to hold it's appearance for many years with just a regular bath of mild soap and water.

The downside of vinyl sheet flooring is that it is soft and can be cut and nicked easily. Vinyl tiles are susceptible to water intrusion below them. If water gets under the tiles, then they will lift off of the floor and have to be replaced because their glue will never stick down to the subfloor well again..

Hardwood Kitchen Floors

Finally, hardwood floors can make a kitchen have a nice soft and natural look. It used to be advised to avoid hardwood flooring in kitchens due to water contact, but as long as your hardwood floors are sealed properly and maintained, then water is not a problem.

The downside to hardwood floors is that they can be hard to match if they do become damaged. If you install hardwood, make sure you save some extra planks in case you need to make repairs someday down the line. 

For more information, contact companies like Costen Floors Inc.

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