If you are planning on renovating your kitchen, you’re probably dreaming of a new four-burner oven, maybe you’re looking forward to more storage space, or perhaps you can’t wait to pick out the perfect colour palette. One thing that should be considered before anything else when it comes to renovating your kitchen, is your kitchen flooring. Flooring can make or break how your kitchen functions and there are a number of things that need to be taken into consideration before you choose the flooring that will work best for your home. This article will take you through the pros and cons of some popular kitchen flooring options.
Tile Kitchen Floors
Tile is a popular choice when it comes to the modern kitchen. What attracts people to tile kitchen floors is that they are very low maintenance. If you are someone that loves to get messy in the kitchen, tile flooring could be an excellent choice. Tile flooring is available in a range of colours and styles so it is easy to find something that suits your vision. Ceramic tiles are particularly durable in high traffic areas which makes them great for busy family kitchens. The one downside to ceramic tiles is that they are often on the higher end of the price range.
Cork Kitchen Floors
Cork might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are thinking about flooring for your kitchen but hear us out. Cork is a highly durable material. It is also versatile and available in a surprising variety of colours and styles. If you tend to make a bit of a racket in the kitchen, cork reduces impact and noise. Maybe one of the best things about cork is that it is environmentally friendly. This is because a tree does not need to be cut down to create cork. If you spend a lot of time standing up in the kitchen, cork is a great flooring option as it offers cushion underfoot.
Timber Kitchen Floors
Timber is a classic choice for almost any room of the house. Timber will never look dated plus it feels great underfoot. However if you do settle on wooden flooring for your home, you might want to consider choosing an engineered timber. Engineered timber is better for kitchens as it is less susceptible to movement caused by changes in humidity and temperature. Timber is susceptible to water damage so be sure to keep your kitchen floor as dry as possible.
Vinyl Kitchen Floors
If you love the look of wood but new timber floors are not within your budget, you’re in luck. Vinyl floors now come in a range of colours and styles that look and even feel like real timber floors. Vinyl is also durable and easy to clean making it perfect for family kitchens.
Bamboo Kitchen Floor
Another timber alternative is bamboo flooring. Bamboo is technically a hardwood. However, it is often overlooked when it comes to choosing a floor for the home. Bamboo is surprisingly durable and comes in a variety of shades that looks very similar to traditional timber floors. Like cork, Bamboo is also a great flooring option for the environmentally conscious household. Bamboo grows much faster than most timbers and therefore can be cut down without causing too much of a negative impact on the environment.
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