Best kitchen flooring options
In terms of style, there aren’t too many rooms within your Flower Mound, TX home that are more important than the kitchen. A kitchen is where family and friends gather most frequently; therefore, it’s a room that needs to be shown off. Of course, you also want a kitchen that will maintain its look and last for a long time. A major component is flooring. So, what kitchen flooring is best for your kitchen?
Hardwood is a common selection, but is it the best?
Okay, so if you are gung-ho about appearance, hardwood is perhaps THE best flooring option for your kitchen. Hardwood flooring can be found in many types, whether it be maple, oak, hickory, mahogany, or Brazilian Cherry. You’ll also find that all hardwood types have different grain variations and intentional stains that give it such a warmly appeal.
A hardwood floor can be refinished multiple times and should last for 20-30 years before you will need a new floor.
The issue is moisture. Moisture that seeps through the seams of a hardwood floor can cause cupping and/or warping. If you are a relentless cooker that uses all sorts of oils, liquids and sauces then those things could hurt your wood floor if they fall to it.
If you do decide on a hardwood floor for your kitchen flooring, be sure to seal it. You will have to do so every 2-3 years, but it will better protect your floor and increase its lifespan.
What about a floor that looks like hardwood, but is better against moisture?
A few floor types qualify. Engineered hardwood is the closest non-hardwood that carries the same look as hardwood. Does that make sense?
Engineered hardwood is multi-layered. Thus, it is built to better withstand moisture and scratching. Plus, it’s top layer, called the veneer, is actual hardwood. So, if you choose an engineered oak floor, the top layer will be actual oak. The build of engineered hardwood gives it an identical look to a plank that is 100% hardwood.
The only issue is engineered hardwood cannot be refinished. Veneers are very thin and a refinish would likely cut the veneer too thin, ultimately ruining the floor.
Cheaper alternatives that resemble hardwood include laminate and vinyl plank flooring. Each is also layered and each can also better withstand moisture better than hardwood. Their looks suffer from hardwood, but only slightly. In fact, there is a good chance any visitors to your Flower Mound, TX home won’t be able to tell the difference.
Stone tile is a one-up on hardwood for kitchens
It’s up to personal preference, but stone tile might just be more visually appealing than wood. Certain stone floors definitely are, such as marble or limestone. Natural stone of course creates a very natural look throughout a kitchen. It is darker; thus, it is easier to match with given the color of most appliances in a kitchen. If you are going for a contemporary look, natural stone tile is the route to take.
You can opt for either honed stone or polished. Polished will shine, while honed is duller (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). You should also know that polished stone can be relatively slippery, which could be an issue in a kitchen.
How does stone flooring matchup against moisture?
Not very well. Similarly to hardwood, you will have to seal natural stone tile in order to prevent moisture from seeping through. Moisture that does seep through can result in discoloration to the elegant tile appearance.
Porcelain is built for kitchen use
Porcelain is a very hard material. As a matter of fact, it is heated at extreme temperatures until it meets a specific hardness rating. Its hardness makes it practically indestructible as a kitchen flooring option. Porcelain takes on moisture with no problem and it easily withstands the everyday use of a kitchen. The floor type is so durable that it can even be used for outdoor purposes.
People often underestimate the design capabilities of porcelain. It may not be as unique in look as hardwood or stone; however, it certainly stands as an appealing floor. Porcelain has a through-body color, meaning any chips or general blemishes will be covered up by the constant color throughout the tile.
Taking into account the primary qualities in which homeowners look for in a kitchen floor—appeal, durability, lifespan, maintenance—porcelain is perhaps the most qualified.
For flooring and overall home remodeling interests, visit Flooring Source of Texas. We sell and install flooring. Whichever of the floor types you choose for your kitchen, we’ll have it in stock and ready to be installed. Contact us at (972) 778-6855. Also, please visit our blog for additional helpful home remodeling input.