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Picking Out the Right Kitchen Flooring

One of the most crucial components in any home improvement is choosing the right flooring material for that remodel. There are different types of floors which come with different functionalities and different price points.

The first thing to establish prior to selecting the right kitchen flooring is deciding the overall design for the kitchen space. There are two schools of thought when it comes to this:

  1. Traditional – Kitchens and bathrooms are to receive tile, while common walkways and bedroom can receive either carpet, vinyl plank flooring, or wood floors.
  2. Modern – This school of thought focuses on having one type of floor run consistently throughout the house (typically laminate wood flooring, vinyl, or wood flooring). The only areas to remain different are the bathrooms which are supposed to receive tile.

When considering kitchen flooring options, it is important to first establish the design concept you want to achieve based on the options stated above and then to choose the actual kitchen flooring material.

Kitchen Flooring

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Most Popular Kitchen Floors

• Vinyl plank flooring

Vinyl planks or vinyl luxury flooring has made huge strides and evolved from a material that used to be considered cheap to a highly effective, popular, and quality flooring option for a kitchen renovation. The main characteristics that increased this material’s popularity have to do with its relatively inexpensive cost compared to other materials, as well as the fact that it is durable and waterproof. This is one of the best kitchen flooring options to consider when renovating a kitchen with a tight budget.

• Laminate planks

Laminate flooring lost some of its popularity with the advancement and evolution in materials such as vinyl. While it is similarly priced as vinyl, it does not offer the same characteristics which make it inferior and less desirable than vinyl flooring.

• Wood floors

There is a growing number of homeowners who are going for wood floors in kitchen. Wood flooring is divided into three types: Solid wood flooring, engineered wood, and reclaimed wood. Solid wood is a solid piece of wood from top to bottom, through its entire thickness. Engineered wood is anything that has a real wood wear layer, which means the top surface is real wood. Reclaimed wood is a distinct, special material deserving its own category. Antique reclaimed comes from vintage buildings that are at least 100 to 200 years old. Typically, antique reclaimed wood is more expensive than other wood flooring options.

• Tile flooring

Tile flooring is the most popular option for any kitchen remodel, especially here in Los Angeles. Tile is far superior to any other material mentioned previously due to its durability, waterproof characteristics, longevity, and exquisite look. This also makes it the most expensive flooring material to have installed in a kitchen. The main types of tile floors you would find in a kitchen are: Porcelain, ceramic, cement, marble, and travertine.

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The original wood flooring option, solid wood is exactly what it sounds like. One of its main benefits is that it can typically be refinished several times during its service life. One important factor to consider when opting for solid wood is the house environment. It is all about the environment when it comes to stability. When you install a hardwood floor, you need to understand what is going on in your house. Solid wood can react drastically to the temperature and moisture content in the air. When it is humid, solid wood expands; when it is dry, solid wood contracts. This swelling and shrinking can create gaps between planks over time and can also create a squeaking noise as you are stepping on the floor. It is important to research and consult experts and your kitchen contractor about your specific location before installing solid wood floors.

Porcelain is one of the most common types of tile. The appeal of porcelain comes from its ability to emulate natural stone, brick, or wood but without any of the maintenance. You get the same elegant finish without any of the upkeep or weathering. Furthermore, it is an all-purpose tile which comes in a variety of designs, colors, and styles to allow for versatility when designing a space. Porcelain can even be used outdoors, as it will not freeze, fade, or crack. Other applications for porcelain tile include bath or kitchen areas, high-traffic areas, and kitchen backsplashes.