Flooring material makes a huge difference in the look and functionality of your kitchen. Flooring is often taken for granted, but we pay close attention to flooring because it is always in use – you walk on it, place your bags and other items on it. Not only does flooring have to be durable, perhaps more importantly, it has to be comfortable.
The best floor for your kitchen is lifestyle dependent. Seniors won’t be comfortable standing for long periods of time on hard surfaces such as stone and tile. Hardwood may not be the best option if you have young children or family members prone to spilling food and drinks or pets that don’t have the best of manners when eating or drinking from their bowls.
If tile is the option for you, we suggest porcelain because it is more durable than ceramic and it’s easy to maintain. Porcelain is virtually stain proof if installed properly. Cleaning is as easy as soap, water and a mop. For budget purposes, porcelain starts at $20 per square foot, and can increase pending decos, insets, and creative patterns.
For a durable, budget conscious floor; consider vinyl tile. With vinyl it’s easier to replace damaged tiles than ceramic or porcelain. Plus, given the low cost it generally is worthwhile to purchase a few extra tiles from the original installation. That’s good advice for any flooring material because no matter how cautious you are, there is a chance that at some point in time, something can drop on the floor that could damage it.
Hardwood is elegant, dramatic and warm. Many of our customers prefer hardwood because tile and stone feel cool and hard. The downside to hardwood in a kitchen is that excessive water can be damaging. If your ice maker, kitchen faucet or dishwasher leaks when you are not around, it could spell trouble for your hardwood floor. Similar to stone, hardwood is a natural product, and not all wood panels will be identical. Wood grain tile flooring offers many of the benefits of hardwood but won’t be damaged by water.
A final note about flooring for you to consider with your kitchen remodel: we often recommend neutral colors. It’s easy to paint walls and ceilings or even change a backsplash. Changing flooring is not as easy especially if after a few years in your new kitchen you want a different look. When budgeting, consider the design of the flooring material, quality of flooring materials and the condition of your existing subfloor.
If you would like to discuss the flooring options for your new kitchen, please give us a call at (610) 262-7235 or visit us on line at www.directkitchen.com. We focus on flooring because we know your feet will thank us for many years to come as you enjoy your new kitchen.