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The Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Flooring

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

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Flooring is an important aspect in every room of the home, but in the kitchen where moisture and traffic are concerns, not all floors are created equal. I'm Lacey Howard, and today, I'm gonna help you find a kitchen floor that works just right for your home. Hardwood can add warmth and beauty especially in a cottage or country-style home. Consider a satin or semi gloss finish to reduce the appearance of scratches or dents. Also a distressed or hand scraped floor will minimize the appearance daily traffic, always classic choice for kitchen floors. All tiles are very durable and water resistance. For flooring, you wanna shop for tiles for the class 3 rating for abrasion resistance. Also, check for slip resistance or coefficient of friction. High COF numbers are for more safety on wet floors. A matte or semigloss 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 checker board on floor of light colored tiles. Stone can 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 get the look of slab application. All types of stone make beautiful floors, but for the kitchen, granite, slate, sandstone, limestone, and marble are beautiful choices. They also work well for countertops and backsplashes. Laminate products may make other flooring materials, offering the look of hardwood, stone, brick or tile at an affordable with exceptional durability. It also offers do-it-yourself, snap together installation with the plastic underlayment or vapor barrier to protect against moisture, this floor will give any look you desire in the kitchen and are easy to replace when you're ready for something new. Brazilian flooring offers extreme durability, a variety of looks, and is easy on the budget. Vinyl is impervious to water, resist stains, and is easily disinfected. For heavy use area such as the kitchen, you want to choose a product with dense inner core and a quality urethane wear layer. Remember that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Choose the flooring that will stand up to kids, pets, and everyday life.