The team at AHT Interiors has put together a collection of ideas for you to think about when you are in the planning stages, containing a plethora of ideas to incorporate into your new kitchen. Today’s focus is your kitchen’s flooring options.
Since there are many styles and material options available today, flooring offers you a range of possibilities in your kitchen. The most important things to remember when picking out flooring for high traffic areas are durability and function. Your flooring should be low maintenance and should be able to withstand spills and oils … and even pots, pans and dishes crashing to the floor!
Bamboo: A beautiful option that is eco-friendly and durable. When choosing bamboo, pay special attention to finding a high-quality grade with a warranty. The downfall of bamboo is that it can dent more easily than other products.
Concrete: If you want a contemporary look, then look no further than concrete; it is extremely durable and can withstand the hustle and bustle of kitchens. The options for finishes are immense, so you are sure to find one that will give you a customized look if that’s what you are looking for. Concrete can be stamped, stained, polished, stenciled and waxed. The downfall of this material is that it tends to be cold on your feet, although radiant heat beneath the flooring will help. The comfort factor may become an issue due to it being such a hard surface for your feet.
Cork: This is an anti-microbial product and it will repel water. The texture is soft and makes for a comfortable flooring. Please be sure to look for a high-quality grade with a durable finish. The downfall of a cork floor is that it can dent and scratch easily.
Laminate Wood Flooring: If you’re looking for affordability, this is your product. Laminate can withstand a lot of abuse! Adding a padding beneath can make for a very soft flooring solution. It’s available in a very wide variety of styles. Again, look for a high-quality laminate with the longest warranty available. The downfall to laminate wood flooring is that it tends to be slippery and cannot be refinished. When you get tired of the look, you’ll need to replace it.
Rubber: Rubber tiles are easier to install than sheeting. This material makes for an earth-friendly kitchen that provides a durable, non-slip surface – and it is also budget friendly! Rubber is water and fire-resistant and provides a padded feel; choose a darker color to hide stains. The downfall of rubber is its initial smell when first installed.
Stone: There is a wide variety of stone flooring available on the market today. Marble, slate and travertine are among the most popular; all are quite unique and offer a variety of colors, patterns and tones. Stone is durable and easy to clean, but its downfall is that it tends to stain and chip.
Tile: Tile is a great choice and the designs are plentiful. Today’s tile offerings mimic wood and other textures and the available patterns come in a variety of shapes and sizes. It’s an easy solution for the busy kitchen; it is manageable to clean (especially if the grout lines are as small), durable and provides for a very low-maintenance floor.
Wood: Traditionally wood is at the top of the list for buyers. It adds to your resale value, is durable and can be refinished. Wood boasts that high-end look and remains beautiful with age. However, wood does require special attention due to its tendency to dent and scratch – as well as the necessary protection from moisture (adding an extra coat of finish will help the moisture issue). Hardwood floors have kept kitchens feeling warm and cozy for years, and that won’t change anytime soon. This material also does a great job of uniting rooms in an open floor plan.
That’s it for kitchen floors! Please contact us if you have any flooring questions or need assistance in the design of your new kitchen. (770) 887-7612
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