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  • Options for Choosing your Kitchen Flooring

    In any home, floors are used the most and almost taken for granted. In the kitchen, which is the most used room within the home, the floor literally takes a beating on a daily basis. As a center for family gathering, cooking spillage, and more; the kitchen floor is a space of constant traffic and activity. Therefore, the floor needs to be both durable and aesthetically matching the entire kitchen design. The choices for kitchen flooring are nearly endless, ranging at different price points, styles, and design specifications. Below, are the most popular flooring options with the pros and cons of each.

    Ceramic Tile: Ceramic tile is almost a fail-safe option that fits any style or budget. As a durable surface, it is perfect for kitchens with multiple users, easily withstanding normal wear and tear, spills, and splashes.  Ceramic tiles are available in an endless variety of patterns and designs that can all be mixed and matched to include varying textures, colors and designs. However, tiles can crack with time, and are extremely cold under the feet. As a flooring option, tile can be slippery, especially when there is moisture. Therefore, with a tile flooring, ensure there are rugs or mats to avoid the discomfort.

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    Natural Stone: Natural stone is available in a variety if materials: limestone, slate, granite, travertine, etc. Stone creates an elegant, Old World look, making a kitchen appear more classy and upscale. Stone has been used as a flooring solution for centuries. Therefore, it creates a classic element, and is ideal for hot climates. As a cooling underfoot, it is durable and requires very little maintenance day to day. However, natural stone can collect dirt, and get scratches and chips with time. Porous stones require protective sealing at regular intervals.  

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    Solid Wood: Solid wood is a flooring choice that is becoming more popular in contemporary kitchens. It adds a warm look and has a warm underfoot. These days, wooden floors can withstand heavy stains, moisture, and extensive foot traffic in any space. As a style, solid wood is evergreen. However, as a natural surface, wood requires periodic refinishing as it dents and scratches easily.

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    Vinyl: Vinyl flooring is an economical flooring option that comes with an anti-skid resistance that prevents any user from slipping or skidding. There are a variety of colors and patterns, and it is generally soft underneath the feet. As a durable material, vinyl can last up to 10-20 years. With vinyl, a user has to be careful as sharp objects can tear or scratch the surface.

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    Cork: Cork is a newer, natural, water-resistant material that is sustainable harvested and adds a warm look to any space. As a material, cork is resilient and flexible and a comfortable walking surface. It is durable and available in a variety of colors.  However, as a natural surface, cork requires regular cleaning and resealing.

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    Laminate: Laminate flooring another more economical flooring option that requires very little maintenance, and it create the wooden or tile look of any kitchen space. It is available in a variety of colors and styles. Nevertheless, as a surface, it starts showing its age with time and will need to be replaced completely.

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    Overall, any kitchen floor that is chosen comes with its own set of advantages and its own set of disadvantages. When choosing your kitchen floor, ensure your choice is both aesthetically pleasing and durable. Your floor should bring your entire kitchen space together!

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