The majority of today’s homes have ceramic tile flooring in their kitchens due to its durability. They’re waterproof, easily cleaned, and, when properly cared for, mold and mildew resistant. These tiles are affordable and available in many options of color, texture and size, which lets you get creative. However, even though ceramic tiles is a great floor choice for kitchens, there are others available as well.
If you’re stuck for ideas, try looking in some magazines as well as online to see what’s available and recommended for kitchen floors these days. There’s flooring that offers environmentally friendly material along with those that won’t rot, expand, contract, cause you to slip, and resists damage from the elements. Most of these materials are easily maintained, affordable, last a long time, and inhibit allergens. There’s something for everyone.
Vinyl is a type of flooring that’s also widely used. It’s easily maintained and very resilient to normal wear and tear. The life expectancy of vinyl floors is quite long and is great for tight budgets due to its affordability. You just have to be watchful of dirt that can collect between layers.
Another good choice for a kitchen floor is linoleum. It’s created from such renewable resources as wood flour, linseed oil, and ground limestone, which makes it environmentally friendly. It’s also easily installed and affordable. Available in many creative colors and designs, it can fit into any kitchen theme. In addition, it doesn’t get cold, is anti-bacterial, anti-allergenic, and anti-static. You can also use linoleum for a backsplash and countertop wall.
For those that prefer a more unique option, you can look to wood, cork and stone. Stone is very durable and long lasting but will need to be sealed in order to keep away the buildup of dirt. Cork does give warmth but is easily dented and has a slightly offensive odor that it emits. Wood floors hold in more heat than either ceramic or vinyl and are so durable that they can last for many years.
You can also install wooden wide plank flooring, which isn’t an option with the others. However, wood is expensive and reacts badly to being soaked by expanding and contracting. That’s one reason that you should consider the number of times liquid is spilled in your kitchen before choosing wood for your floor.
Whatever option you choose for your kitchen floor, be sure to look up how to care for and maintain your selection so that you can keep it looking great and get the most from it. Also consider your budget so that you can get the most for your money. What you can afford now may not be as much as you would like but you can still get quality at an affordable price. Most of all, though, combine these things with your own personal tastes to ensure that you’ll be happy with your choice for years to come.