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Kitchen Flooring

Learn more about all the options you have when choosing flooring for your kitchen.

Thu, 5 Aug 2010|

Flooring is an important aspect in every room of the home, but in the kitchen where moisture and traffic are a concern, not all floors are created equal. I'm Lacey Howard and today I'm going to help you find the kitchen floor that works just right for your home. Hardwood can have worth and beauty especially in a cottage or country-style home. Consider a satin or semi-glossed finish to reduce the appearance of scratches or dents. Also a distressed or hand scraped floor will minimize the appearance of daily traffic. Tile is a classic choice for kitchen floors. All tiles are very durable and water resistant. For flooring, you'll want to shop for tiles of the class 3 rating for abrasion resistance. Also check for slip resistance or coefficient of friction. High COF numbers offer more safety on wet floors. A mat or semi-gloss finish will reduce the appearance of dirt and scratches. Consider large tiles to minimize grout lines. Darker grout shows less dirt and stain but creates a visual checkerboard on a floor of light colored tiles. Stone could be expensive, but in the kitchen it makes a beautiful statement. Use large-scale stone tiles as big as 18 inches laid with minimal grout lines, the color of the stone, to give the look of a slab application. All types of stone make beautiful floors. But for the kitchen granite, slate, soapstone, limestone, and marble are beautiful choices. They also work well for countertops and backsplashes. Laminate products mimic other flooring materials offering the look of hardwood, stone, brick, or tile at an affordable price with exceptional durability. It also offers do-it-yourself snap together installation. With a plastic underlayment or vapor barrier to protect against moisture, these floors give you any look you desire in the kitchen and are easy to replace when you're ready for something new. Resilient flooring offers extreme durability, a variety of looks and is easy on the budget. Final it's impervious to water, resist stains, and is easily disinfected. For a heavy use area such as the kitchen, you want to choose a product with a dense inner core and a quality urethane wear layer. Remember is the kitchen is the heart of the home. Choose a flooring that will stand up to kids, pets, and everyday life.