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Kitchen Flooring

For a room where the family gathers to prepare food, eat, talk, and socialize, why does the kitchen receive the least luxurious treatment? With all of the time we spend in our kitchens, it deserves to be treated with flooring that is both functional and beautiful, too. 

 
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Kitchen Flooring Option #1: Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is a great kitchen flooring option due to its durability and ease of cleanup. The kitchen is most commonly the messiest room in the house – making durability and cleanup ever more important.

Today’s luxury vinyl floors are made to look like other materials such as wood and stone, at a fraction of the cost and with so many additional benefits.

  • Protective material and clean surface allows easy clean up with a broom, mop, vacuum, or even just a cloth
  • Water resistant to inevitable drink spills and leaky sinks
  • Durable through heavy foot traffic and dragging chairs

Choosing Your Luxury Vinyl Flooring

If you’ve decided to go with luxury vinyl flooring, you’re in luck. There are tons of styles, colors, sizes, and types you can choose between. It can be overwhelming if you aren’t quite sure what you want.

The appearance, quality, and durability of luxury vinyl flooring is based on several factors.  

Texture

The floor’s texture is helpful in adding an extra layer of protection and is designed to be aesthetically pleasing as well. It can also reinforce the theme of your kitchen such as going with a wood grain texture is especially conducive to a rustic or farmhouse look.

The appearance, quality, and durability of luxury vinyl flooring is based on several factors.  

Finish

The finish of the surface not only adds eye appeal, it adds protection too. A now-wax or urethane finish makes it last longer and makes it easier to clean. Some luxury lines of vinyl are enhanced with high gloss which provides the ultimate in protection to the surface and is the most resilient finish of all.

Waterproof

You will definitely want to choose a luxury kitchen vinyl that is waterproof. You’ll rarely run across one that isn’t.

Wear Layer

When you opt for a luxury line of vinyl, you’ll find the wear layer is thicker than traditional vinyl. The thicker the wear layer is, the most up-scale and expensive the vinyl is. But, it is worth the investment if you’re able to afford it.

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Luxury Lines

While vinyl flooring is good, luxury vinyl flooring is great! There are qualities that set the luxury line apart from the rest such as options like those that have rigid core surfaces and those that mimic wood, natural stone, granite, marble, and other high-end floorings. Luxurious vinyl is very similar to linoleum in that it provides a multitude of benefits but when you go with the luxury line, you’ll get better quality and more cushiony padding on the surface as well.

Does Luxury Vinyl Flooring Cost More?

Yes. Luxury vinyl flooring does typically cost more than traditional vinyl flooring but comes in different price ranges so you can go with a lower-end or upper-end. The old saying that “you get what you pay for” definitely holds true when you opt for the luxury line because the quality is superior. It will look better, feel better, and last longer than traditional vinyl flooring.

Kitchen Flooring Option #2: Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring is made of genuine wood that has undergone a process to combine layers of both hardwood and plywood as opposed to solid hardwood flooring that is one single piece of wood with no layers. It mimics real hardwood all the way down to the grain but is typically more affordable and oftentimes lasts even longer than solid wood flooring.

Choices, Choices, and More Choices

When you go with engineered hardwood flooring, you certainly won’t be lacking in options. You can choose between different wood species, colors, and sizes of engineered flooring. There is a myriad of finishes you can pick including high gloss, gloss, satin, and brushed. You’ll find a ton of stain colors to decide between too.

Engineered wood flooring is available in planks that come in all different widths and lengths. Most engineered hardwood flooring is of the peel-and-stick variety.

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Benefits of Engineered Hardwood Flooring in the Kitchen

Engineered hardwood flooring is perfect for the calling. Benefits include:

  •  Engineered hardwood is made specifically for high traffic areas
  • Looks like real wood
  • Damage-resistant surfaces survive spilled drinks and dropped food
  • Creates a luxurious environment for a highly social area
  • Constructed with multi layers which is more optimal than solid wood
  • Durable enough to last for decades
  • Wide range of colors, textures, and wood types
  • Easy to install
  • Ideal for areas prone to humidity and threat of flooding
  • Provides the pros of solid wood flooring with less cost and maintenance
  • Great for colder climates that don’t do well with solid wood floors

Savvy Suggestions on Selections

It’s easy to become overwhelmed when trying to decide on all the choices you have with engineered hardwood flooring for the kitchen. Here are some ideas:

Rustic

A rustic engineered wood look (like oak, pine, aspen, and maple) tend to look warm and inviting. Rustic flooring can be treated or wire-brushed to give it a distressed look which is perfect if your décor is farmhouse, vintage, or even natural.

Modern

For kitchens that are more up-dated, engineered hardwood flooring can be purchased in high-gloss or lighter woods. Oak (red or white), beach, cherry, and pine are excellent choices.

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Traditional

In the event your kitchen is traditional, you can’t go wrong with wood grains like mahogany, oak, cypress, pine, and maple will enhance your décor. Going with a matte finish seals the deal perfectly.

Color Choices

You want your flooring to compliment the color scheme you’re using for your kitchen but not to dominate it. The best thing you can do is to bring a sample home and put it up against the color of your wall and the wood or paint color of your cabinets.

Kitchen Flooring Option #3: Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is an economical alternative to other kitchen flooring options. When installed by a professional, laminate material can be water resistant and is able to withstand daily kitchen use.

What is Laminate Flooring?

Laminate flooring consists of multiple layers of synthetic product that is fused together in a lamination process. It mimics wood underneath a photographic applique layer which lies under a clear protective layer. The inner core is typically comprised of fiber board materials. Below is a breakdown of the individual layers:

Wear Layer:

The wear layer helps to protect the flooring from scratches, staining, and dents. It is embossed with the texture of your choosing, such as wood.

Decorative Layer:

This is the layer that contains the print or pattern of the decoration. The decoration may be a pattern, such as a chevron or floral design, or it can be the material the floor is mimicking, like stone.

Core Layer:

This layer is made from compressed medium-density fiberboard or HDF. It provides the floor with stability and durability. It is made to resist water but isn’t altogether waterproof.

Backing Layer:

This layer is basically the base of the laminate flooring. It helps provide stability for the floor and also assists in keeping water from coming in from underneath.

Construction:

There are two degrees laminate flooring is made in. High-Pressure Laminate (HPL) is created by using 1000 pounds of pressure to withstand the maximum foot traffic.

Direct Pressure Laminate, or DPL, uses 300 to 500 pounds of pressure to create it. It is best used in areas that don’t experience an abundance of foot traffic such as a kitchen that isn’t used a lot.

Benefits of Laminate Flooring in the Kitchen

Laminate flooring is an economical alternative to other kitchen flooring options. When installed by a professional, laminate material can be water resistant and is able to withstand daily kitchen use.

There are lots of advantages to using laminate flooring in the kitchen. Here are a few:

  • Easy to clean
  • Simple to install yourself
  • Multitude of choices in styles and colors
  • Available to match most decorating schemes
  • Can handle heavy traffic
  • Resists scuff, scratches, and wear and tear better than most floorings
  • Professionally installed laminate flooring will be water resistant to common daily spills
  • Cost-effective alternative to other options
  • Smooth surfaces allow for easy cleanup and maintenance
  • Cheap enough to change out every few years if you get tired of it

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Are Hardwood Floors Good in the Kitchen?

Hardwood flooring looks amazing in any room and the kitchen is certainly no exception. But, if you are considering gracing your kitchen with hardwood floors, there are a few things you should consider before sealing the deal.

About Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors bring a wonderful look and feel to a room. The practice of using wood planks for flooring dates back centuries because people used what they had to accommodate their needs. In modern days, however, wood flooring is considered a luxury and an up-grade. They do require maintenance so many homeowners question if hardwood flooring is a good fit for them.

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The Pros and Cons of Hardwood Flooring in the Kitchen

Figuring out if hardwood flooring is right for your kitchen or not is more of a personal choice than a right or wrong answer. Here are some facts to help you make an informed decision:

Pros

  • Appealing. Wood flooring brings an attractive element to the floor’s surface and can set whatever mood you chose, like modern, rustic, or classic.
  • Refinishing. If your wood floor gets beat up or needs a lift, you can always refinish it.
  • Value. Wood flooring in any room increases the value of a structure.
  • Comfort. Wood floors are warmer and softer than tile or marble options.

Cons

  • Expensive. Hardwood flooring is expensive. Covering any room in wood will cost you and a room that is subject to spills and other abuse may not be wise.
  • Maintenance. Hardwood floors require maintenance, especially certain types of woods such as Baltic pine which is a soft wood. Being in the kitchen, wood will take more in the way of maintenance, especially since it is a high-traffic area.
  • Moisture. Generally, wood floors are not optimal for wet locations and kitchens certainly have their fair share of moisture. The fibers in the wood can swell when they get wet or are exposed to dampness.
  • Exposure. Wooden kitchen floors take a beating and tend to scratch and dent when things are dropped on them or they aren’t properly taken care of.

Kitchen-Worthy Wood Flooring

If you have read the advantages and disadvantages of installing wood flooring in the kitchen and have reached the decision to go for it, you will want to carefully consider which type of wood to use. Maple, cherry, and oak are exceptionally good for the kitchen because they are hardwoods. Softwoods are less desirable since they tend to dent, even when treated.

When matching the décor of your kitchen, you might choose a durable wood coupled with the effect you are looking for. Distressed pine is soft and might scratch and dent easily but if you’re going for a rustic appeal, you will nail it.

Another important decision is what type of planks to purchase for kitchen wood flooring. Solid unfinished planks butt tightly together and can be sealed in order to provide protection against water. Solid pretreated planks are even easier to install and are milled so the edges are simpler to fit together. Engineered planks are easy to install and are quite stable when holding up heavy appliances such as refrigerators and stoves, and generally engineered is the best hardwood option for the kitchen. Reclaimed planks are the rage right now so if you are into the distressed look, you might save a ton of money going that route.

How Hardwood Flooring for Kitchens Boils Down

While it is true that hardwood flooring is sometimes problematic in the kitchen, it is also a fact that the beautiful look and feel it creates is second to none. If you are willing to choose a wood that is suitable for a kitchen and are willing to keep up the maintenance on it, you can’t beat a hardwood floor in any room, including the kitchen.

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