Renovating your kitchen is a considerable undertaking as there are many factors to take into account.
To guarantee that your space is safe and functional, everything needs to work together, including your appliances, plumbing, and electrical work.
One of the major potential renovations in the kitchen is definitely flooring. Your kitchen experiences a lot of wear and tear every day, from spills and heavy foot traffic to heat and dropped objects. A good floor lasts a long time and has major payoffs.
So, shouldn’t the material you choose for it be given more consideration?
Here are some of the best flooring materials you can install in your kitchen.
Most Durable Kitchen Flooring Materials
Style, function, and comfort are three key factors to consider when choosing a material for your kitchen flooring.
Your kitchen is one of the most moisture-prone areas of your home. Steam, grease, and accidental spills are common and unavoidable.
That’s why porcelain tiles are one of the best choices when it comes to kitchen flooring materials. They are waterproof, hard, and extremely long-lasting. What’s more, they come in various stylish designs and finishes that mimic other popular flooring options like hardwood, marble, and granite. But make sure you know everything related to porcelain tiles before installing them.
Natural Stone Tiles
Nothing spells luxury like natural stone tiles. They are one of the most popular, durable and long-lasting flooring options for your kitchen. Natural stones such as marble and granite can also be used as kitchen countertop materials.
According to experts, replacing your flooring with popular options can have major returns (think 100-150%). Natural stone flooring with all its benefits is on the expensive side, so make sure you have the budget for it. Add in the cost of professional installation as this is a must for the best results.
Vinyl flooring is one of the best choices for your home if you require something within a budget. Extremely durable, budget-friendly, and completely waterproof, there is a lot to love about it. If you are looking for a quick flooring fix for your kitchen, vinyl is something to consider.
But just because it is cheap does not mean it isn’t stylish. Vinyl flooring is available in various styles and can be made to faithfully imitate popular materials like hardwood and marble. Even though it does not add value to your home, it is a worthy pick.
Need something inexpensive and long-lasting? Consider concrete.
If your house does not have a basement and your kitchen is on the ground floor, concrete can work well in this space. If you live on a higher level, make sure your subfloor is able to support the weight.
Concrete flooring is water-resistant, easily repairable, and pretty low maintenance. One of the downsides is that it can be extremely cold. So, if you are installing it in Toronto or Mississauga, where winter temperatures can be quite cool, your kitchen will require powerful heating. Other than that, concrete flooring gives an industrial chic look to your space.
Did you know that bamboo is actually a type of grass? Although bamboo flooring looks and feels just like hardwood, it is actually harder than most types of wood flooring. It is also more resistant to moisture and water damage than hardwood, which makes it a great choice for kitchens.
Typically there are three types of bamboo flooring available:
- Strands made of pulped bamboo are pressed and formed into a very dense block of material and then formed into planks.
- The second type is engineered bamboo, where the top veneer is bamboo with a waterproof coating.
- Lastly, there is solid bamboo which is made with sliced bamboo bonded together. This last type of bamboo is unsuitable for kitchens.
When considering any flooring material for your kitchen renovation, make sure to allot 7% of your budget to flooring. This should include the cost of installation and materials. It is highly recommended that you hire professional installers for the best results. Improper and subpar installation will lead to faster degradation and damage to your floors. Get in touch with your nearest home renovation company to get started on your project.