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Choosing The Best Flooring for Your Kitchen

Choosing the best flooring for your kitchen is not just a matter of budget or style, though both must be taken into consideration. Other questions to ask are how likely you are to desire a change after a few years, whether you want to install the flooring yourself and what kind of traffic the floor will be exposed to. Once you have answered all of the practical questions and decided on a budget, choosing new kitchen flooring becomes largely a matter of suiting your own style, taste and decor.

Bamboo is one of the hottest new flooring trends for kitchens because it is warm, beautiful and sustainable. Bamboo is as durable and attractive as wood though not as rigid. This makes it more comfortable to stand and walk on, but it also means that bamboo can swell and warp in damp or humid climates. Bamboo is available in fewer colors than hardwood or laminate, but it is also less expensive than hardwood while still being a natural material.

Ceramic Tiles have been the go-to choice for kitchens for decades. They are durable, versatile, inexpensive and can be installed without professional help. The only downside to ceramic tile is that it gets slippery when wet, so in homes with young children or anyone using a walker, cane or wheelchair, it may not be the best choice. Ceramic tiles are easy to maintain and wear extremely well over time.

Concrete mixed to a very fine texture can be stained, painted or stamped to look like almost any surface. Once sealed, it is durable, easy to care for and stays cool no matter how hot the weather. Concrete must be professionally installed, but if you desire a change you can lay any other type of flooring right on top.

Cork is one of the newest kitchen floor surfaces on the market. There is very little choice as to color, but you can install it yourself, which makes cork a budget-friendly choice. Because it is soft, cork is comfortable to walk on. It baffles sound, making your kitchen a little quieter during busy times. Cork is also soft enough to reduce breakage when dishes or glassware are dropped on it, but it does require more maintenance than other types of flooring.

Hardwood fell out of favor as kitchen flooring with the invention of linoleum, but it is still an excellent choice for busy kitchens. Hardwood is easy to install and easy to care for. It is also as comfortable to walk on as vinyl or cork. With careful attention to spills and regular refinishing, hardwood floors will last indefinitely.

Laminate offers the look of wood and the durability of linoleum. It is inexpensive, easy to install yourself and very low-maintenance. Laminate can be scratched and it cannot be refinished. It is also slippery when it gets wet and older dogs may find it hard to walk on, especially larger breeds who tend toward problems with their hips and rear legs.

Linoleum is the most versatile flooring option as well as being inexpensive and durable. It is available in an almost infinite variety of colors and patterns and can be hand-cut for custom designs. Linoleum must be professionally installed, but it is simple to clean and maintain.

Vinyl offers almost as many color and pattern choices as linoleum. It costs even less, but is also far less durable. Vinyl scratches fairly easily and may yellow or fade, but it is so cost-effective and easy to install that it`s an excellent choice for DIYers who like to redecorate every few years.

The flooring experts at Forrest Finishing know that choosing your kitchen floor is a serious decision. They highly recommend exploring your options with the experienced and friendly professionals regarding Carpets and flooring at Forrest Furnishing to ensure that you get the best flooring for your style, needs and budget.

Source: Forrest Furningh

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