Kitchen Remodeling Ideas and Floors
It is easy to be excited when shopping for kitchen
flooring after we have gone through hundreds of home
interior design magazines but it is not desirable to
choose a material based on looks alone. Narrow the
choices to a few of your favorites and then take a trip
to a flooring store or home center for a test drive.
We do most activity in the kitchen while we are standing
so it is good to look for something that is easy on the
legs. While shopping take your shoes off and stand on
the floor in your stocking feet and see how it feels. Is
the floor comfortable or too hard under your feet? Put
your shoes back on and go for a walk and see how the
floor sounds on the noise level. Today's kitchens are
more open than ever attaching to the den or even opening
up to the great room. The noise from shoes can create
problems while others are talking or watching TV.
Remember too that the kitchen is typically the busiest
spot in the house so you want a floor that wears well
too. With the kids and the animals it doesn't take long
to wear the floor down, not to mention all the foot
traffic and spills. Durability is important in today's
full families and ease of maintenance should be taken
into consideration too.
These are different floorings to be considered:
Wood fits an assortment of decor styles and is warm
underfoot, easy on the legs and is mainly a quiet floor
option. The maintenance and durability of a wood floor
depend greatly on what species of wood is being used and
how that wood is finished. One of the worries with wood
is that it may be scratched, but wood floors can always
be sanded and refinished.
For homeowners who want an exceptionally hard-wearing
floor and requires little maintenance, laminate is a
great option. Laminate is factory-finished and can be
easily installed over an existing floor making
installation a breeze. While laminate has its
advantages, it lacks the warmth and character typically
associated with natural wood and some may find it noisy.
Ceramic tile allows for a great deal of customization in
terms of colors and patterns. Though tile is easy to
clean with a damp mop, the surrounding grout can be
difficult to maintain and keep clean. Ceramic tile can
be very hard on the legs not to mention dropped dishes.
It doesn't help with sound control in the kitchen and
can be quite cold underfoot.
If you are on a smaller budget then vinyl sheeting or
peel and stick tiles are for you. Vinyl is easy to
install and is available in an endless array of colors
and patterns. One of the shortcomings to vinyl floors is
that the edges can curl and peel.
Linoleum flooring is making a comeback due to its green
appeal. Made from linseed oil, cork dust, wood flour,
tree resins, ground limestone and pigments, this kitchen
flooring is environmentally friendly. There are other
green options that are environmentally friendly but of
course there are advantages and disadvantages to each
type of flooring. The key is to go with your own kitchen
flooring ideas and in the long run your floor will
reflect your taste and fit with your lifestyle.
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