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Flooring as an important step in house renovation, needs thorough attention. However, not the same type of flooring would work for all parts of your house!
Thinking of redoing your kitchen flooring? Here are some tips to consider!
Let’s first consider the location and its activities so we can get a better understanding for what flooring is most suitable.
The kitchen is one of the areas with the most water incidents in the entire home! This is where cooking and cleaning happen on a daily basis, so you will have water spills, food spills/stains and items dropped (sometimes heavy and/or sharp) on a regular basis. If you want your floor to look amazing 5, 10, 15, years down the road and not just in the first few months of installation, it’s important to keep these things in mind!
Don't Use Laminate As Your Kitchen Flooring!
Laminate - although very popular for its looks and affordability, laminate is not a good option in the kitchen. The biggest concern is the water that gets spilled on the floor on a regular basis in the kitchen.
With laminate flooring, it is likely that you will have swelled up (PICTURE) laminate edges within a few months of usage - even if you are careful to wipe up right away. Laminate is also more easily chipped or dented when something sharp or heavy is dropped on it.
Did you know that laminate also contains formaldehyde which is a known human carcinogen?
So, if laminate is not a good option for kitchen flooring,
What Is the Best Flooring For Kitchens?
#1 Most Recommended: Tiles
Tiles are a classic in kitchens - and for good reason! Well installed tiles are generally very strong and will hold best again kitchen incidents.
Note: make sure the tiles are well installed, meaning there are no hollow spots (too little cement) under parts of the tiles, as hollow spots could cause the tile to crack under impact.
Are you not a fan of the tile look? Nowadays there are so many amazing designs for tiles - you don’t have to “settle” for a boring tile design. You can have fun with it! If you are a bit more artistic and want to make a statement in your kitchen, consider nicer designs like hexagon or herringbone/chevron tiles. (PICTURE) These could make for a fun transition to other areas of the house with different types of flooring!
#2 Most Recommended: Vinyl Planks
Vinyl is no longer what it used to be! Nowadays vinyl planks have a luxurious look and feel about them. They are a good option (second to tiles) for the kitchen because they are water proof and scratch resistant.
Our vinyl planks come with a residential warranty of 25 years and 5 years for light commercial uses. They have a real wood look and a uniclick locking technology. They are SPC (Stone Polymer Composite), based on a high tech development of a new environmentally friendly flooring which is 100% formaldehyde free! They are also produced with 100% virgin PVC.
All these give vinyl planks incredible strength, rigidity and water resistance. Lastly, vinyl in the kitchen can create a seamless transition to other areas of the house that also have vinyl flooring.
#3 Most Recommended: Glued-Down Hardwood
Hardwood looks amazing and if you have hardwood throughout the rest of your home, we can see why you would consider using it in the kitchen as well!
Glued-down hardwood can work in the kitchen as it is more resistant to water. Some things to consider, however are that hardwood requires more maintenance and dropping items (heavy and/or sharp) on it can leave dents and marks.
Did our tips help you decide what flooring works best for your kitchen? Make sure you pay a visit to our waterproof flooring collection; we have gathered vinyl, tile, and hardwood altogether under one roof.