Tips on Choosing Kitchen Flooring

Kitchen flooring options are many - with laminate, wood, and tile choices plentiful, home remodeling is getting both easier and more complicated! Choosing the best floor for your kitchen project comes down to your specific tastes, requirements, and budget.

Tips on Choosing Kitchen Flooring
The range of choices for kitchen flooring nowadays is so huge that picking one can seem intimidating. Naturally, you want flooring that reflects your design sensibility, but taking some practical matters into consideration can also help you narrow the options to a manageable few.
Water- and Stain-Resistant
With the exception of carpet, most flooring materials can withstand an occasional splash of water if you wipe it up quickly. If there's any chance that you may get pools of water standing on your floor for a long time, however, you should buy flooring that's impervious to it. In addition, oil or grease spills can stain many types of flooring if you neglect to clean them up promptly.

Unless they are chipped or scratched, tile and prefinished vinyl floors repel water and grease spills and thus are nearly stain-proof. If you choose hardwood, be sure it is thoroughly sealed to protect it from water. If it's not properly sealed, stone also will absorb water or oil spills. Rubber flooring, which is becoming popular for home kitchens because it is skid-resistant and comfortable to stand on for hours on end, repels water, but oil spills can stain it.

Ease of Cleaning
If you have kids or pets, or if any of the inhabitants of the house are allergy-prone, it will be particularly important that you keep the floor clean, so it's wise to pick something that won't require a complicated cleaning regime. Ideally, whatever you choose will clean up with a good sweeping or light vacuuming every day or so, and a weekly mopping.

Some wood floors require special cleaners and equipment, like specially designed mops, to keep them looking their best. Check all that out before you choose your flooring. With repeated washings, the sealer on a stone floor will wear off, so you'll need to reseal it from time to time.

You don't want to have to pull your kitchen floor up and replace it every few years. Vinyl and linoleum are not as tough as tile, stone, or hardwood, and even prefinished versions of the harder material products will start to show wear over time in high-traffic areas.

Occasionally, the glaze on some handmade tiles, like satillos, will bubble up from the ceramic base, and then shatter when you step on it. If you choose tile, be sure the glaze on each piece is smooth and blemish-free. Replacing a single tile in a floor isn't impossible, but it's also inconvenient, and you may have trouble getting replacement tiles to match the originals.

"Kitchen Flooring Choices"; Nena Donovan Levine; Fine Home Building