by Simona Ganea
People spend a lot of time in the kitchen so the traffic can be very intense. Also, it’s a space designed for cooking and it’s impossible to avoid spills and scratches, regardless how careful you are. It’s why the kitchen flooring is a very important element and the material needs to be carefully chosen. There are several options.
Wood is a very common material. It’s also a warm and elegant material that allows you to create an inviting and cozy décor. Whether you choose solid wood or engineered wood it will wear quickly. The surface is easily damageable and there’s not much you can do after that. It’s why people usually prefer other alternatives for this room of the house.
Ceramic tiles are very beautiful and they are also resistant. There are many variations to choose from and there are not many inconveniences for this material, except maybe for the fact that they can be difficult to install and you may need professional help and that, because of their durability anything you might drop on the floor will probably break.
Plastic laminates can also be a great alternative. They are easy to install and they give you the advantage of a tough and durable material. They are sometimes more durable than wood when it comes to scratches and moisture. They come in a variety of colors and designs. However, they can’t be refinished and large spills will also affect them.
Linoleum used to be quite popular. It’s relatively resistant and it’s effective against moisture, dents and sunlight. It also comes in a large variety of colors and styles. It might not be a very modern choice but it could complement nicely a kitchen.
Vinyl is also a great material because it’s resistant and durable. It’s not affected by sunlight, moisture and stains and they can even replicate other materials such as stone. It’s very easy to install and it gives you the protection your floors need in the kitchen,