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When starting a kitchen renovation there are many factors that go into your dream kitchen. Whether it be the backslash, countertops, or appliances, one of the most important things to consider is the floor of your kitchen. Not carefully researching and thinking about the type of floors you want can result in a lot of extra labor in terms of cleaning and expenses as different floors can vary in cost. Kitchen floors may seem like an easy thing to check off your todo list when remodeling, but use this blog as a guide to help you pick out the perfect floor for your kitchen.

Vinyl

Vinyl is a great option for kitchen flooring in big households, with lots of movement in the kitchen. Vinyl is durable, meaning it can handle a big mess. Not only can you clean spills on vinyl easily with a mop, but waterproof vinyl is now available - meaning no spill is too large and it wont stain! Sheet vinyl is common because of the variety of colors and styles. There are multiple styles that will be sure to go with any kitchen design. Not only is the wide selection nice but the price of vinyl won't break the bank either. Another key factor for choosing vinyl is that it is easy on your feet. People spend a lot of time in the kitchen, whether it be socializing or cooking, so it is important that the flooring is comfortable when standing for long periods of time.

Some of the reasons that people turn to other options for their kitchen floors is because vinyl can scratch easily. While it is durable and waterproof, it is susceptible to scratches and wear and tear from everyday life. Another consideration is that sometimes heavy appliances, such as a refrigerator, sitting on top of vinyl can leave a dent in the sheet.

Tile

Tile has been used on kitchen floors for as long as anyone can remember. It is durable, stain resistant and waterproof making it perfect for a busy kitchen. When deciding on tile, there are three different types that you need to choose from ceramic, porcelain and stone. Ceramic is made from clay, porcelain is made from sand and stone is made with all natural stones.

Ceramic is typically the least expensive of the tiles. Ceramic is perfect for its durability and it looks elegant in a kitchen. Not only is it easy to clean but it also can last for a long time. Ceramic tiles tend to have texture, which helps avoid slippery floors and other hazards that come with wet, smooth surfaces. A few considerations with ceramic tiling is that it is not overly soft on your feet and may cause aches after standing for a while and if you drop a dish it will most likely break because ceramic is a very hard surface.

Porcelain is the next step up from ceramic and is even more durable. Porcelain is a great option for kitchen floors because of the variety of colors and patterns that it brings to any kitchen. Porcelain is exceptionally waterproof and easy to clean due to its glossy coating. For homes with lots of traffic in the kitchen, this is a great option in terms of durability. One of the disadvantages of porcelain is that it is easy to slip on when wet which can be dangerous. However, now there are technologies for slip-resistant porcelain floors.

Lastly stone tile is the perfect kitchen flooring for people looking for that one of a kind, luxurious kitchen floor. Because stone is natural, no two stones are the same, meaning your kitchen will be truly unique! Not only is it real stone which makes it extremely durable, but it is slip resistant which makes a kitchen safer. However, stone can be expensive and it is highly recommended to use professionals for installations. Also because stone tiling also comes with applying stone stone sealer, it adds an extra layer of protection from water.

Cork

This eco-friendly option is fairly new to the kitchen floor lineup but it adds comfort and reliability. Cork is a unique option for kitchen floors and it can come in a few different colors. Cork is easy to clean and is water resistant which makes spills in the kitchen less stressful. Another advantage of cork kitchen floors is the amount of cushioning it offers your feet. If you’re the type of person who spends hours in the kitchen - cork is perfect for you.

Choosing a cork kitchen floor does have its downsides. Cork can lose its color if in the sun for too long so it is important to have blinds in the kitchen to protect and preserve the cork. Also, it is susceptible to stains, so you need to clean up your mess in a timely manner and be prepared for some marks left on the floor.

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