The Best Flooring Options For Kitchen Floors

Posted on: 19 September 2017

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, the floor is always a good place to start. Kitchen floors can wear down quicker and more severely than flooring in other rooms in your home. All the moisture, foot traffic, cooking grease, and food spills in a kitchen cause the floor to wear down quicker. This is why the flooring is often the first thing you need to remodel in your kitchen. There are many great flooring material to choose from, but you need to be especially smart when choosing the most practical product for a kitchen. This article explains the main differences between some of the best materials for kitchen floors.

Hardwood

Hardwood is a very popular flooring material for any room. When it comes to kitchen floors, you need to make sure you choose the right type of wood. That is, hardwood with a traditional wood stain finish is probably not the most practical solution. Since raw hardwood is not perfectly waterproof, food spills can stain the surface, especially if the finish is not meticulously maintained and reapplied over the years.

If you do want the look of hardwood in your kitchen, you should choose a product with a waterproof, laminated finish. These products are very common and available at most home-improvement stores. They're also usually cheaper than real hardwood floors. They have a layered construction where the lower layers are made out of composite woods, and the top layer is made out of hardwood. This hardwood layer is then laminated with a clear, waterproof epoxy finish, making it easy to keep up.

Tile

Tile has always been a popular material for kitchen floors. However, it does require some maintenance over the years. Specifically, you need to keep up the grout lines on your tile floor because they are susceptible to mold and water damage. Many people love tile because it allows them to add some unique color to their floor. Just like with hardwood, not all tile products are the same. A ceramic tile with a glazed finish will be the most practical and easiest to take care of. However, raw stone tile will need to be sealed and treated to protect it from water damage.

Full tile and hardwood can add a lot of value to your kitchen. No matter what you choose, you will need to do a little bit of maintenance, so you should probably just make a decision based on what style you prefer. Contact a kitchen remodeling company like Pilot Construction for additional advice.

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