Remodeling your kitchen is always a good idea. If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen and it gets more foot traffic than other rooms in the house, the floor is probably aging quicker than other rooms. Kitchen floors are often updated out of necessity, but some people just want to style up the room that they spend so much time. When it comes to updating your kitchen floor you need to be mindful of a few things. That is, not all materials are suitable for the moist, dirty, and often greasy life of a kitchen floor. This article explains four flooring choices and how they fare in kitchen settings.
When it comes to pure utility, linoleum is a suitable product for kitchen floors. That is, it is waterproof, easy to clean, and anti-microbial. Basically, big spills aren't an issue. It is also the cheapest material on this list. However, most people don't love the look of linoleum. It has endless printed finishes, but you can always tell if its a linoleum floor. It is a cheap product and it probably won't add much value to your property.
Raw hardwood is much more stylish than linoleum, but it isn't as easy to take care of. Unlike linoleum, food spills on wood can stain the wood. Basically, wood needs to be sealed with a protective stain. This stain needs to be reapplied every few years, making the maintenance a major factor. While raw hardwood floors might look great and add value to your kitchen, they are not the most practical choice.
Laminated hardwood is a great alternative to real wood because it has the same look, but the laminated top layer is waterproof. The maintenance for laminated hardwood will be very similar to that of linoleum. Of course, it will be much more expensive, but it is a great choice for people who want a wood style floor.
If you are going to install tile flooring in a kitchen, you need to make sure you choose a water-resistant tile like ceramic. However, the grout lines will still be vulnerable to spills, water damage, and mold build up. If your tile floor is not maintained, it will (like raw hardwood) fall into disrepair and look bad. Tile can make your kitchen look very stylish and unique, but it does require some upkeep over the years.
Contact a company like WATERHOUSE DESIGNS for more information and assistance.