Streamline the process of installing new kitchen flooring by asking yourself the following questions.
1. What’s Your Style?
Contemporary or traditional? Eye-catching or understated? Consider the general ambiance of your home and let that guide your decision on your kitchen flooring. You might fall in love with kitchen tiles emblazoned with black and white geometric patterns does it complement the room? Your kitchen tiles should work in harmony with the other elements in the room. Congruity is the key to putting together an aesthetically pleasing interior and your kitchen flooring’s role in that can be major.
2. Wood Flooring in the Kitchen?
Wood kitchen flooring is a traditional favorite but has its pros and cons. Wood floors offer a feeling of warmth and coziness. However, exposing wood floors to excessive humidity and moisture may damage them. Although durable, pets can scratch soft wood floors. Also, let’s not forget their little “accidents” that can leave them stained. If you are set on having wood kitchen flooring, avoid soft woods and choose maple, oak or other hardwoods.
3. Porcelain vs Ceramic Kitchen Flooring
Although a little more expensive than the non-ceramic iteration, porcelain ceramic tiles offer better stain and water resistance than non-ceramic porcelain tiles.
If you plan to use porcelain, consider glazed tiles. They offer great scratch, water and stain resistance and their improved traction to prevent slips and falls. Their appearance is highly customizable. In fact, they can be made to look like concrete, stone or even wood.
4. Thinking About Natural Stone Kitchen Flooring?
Granite, marble, limestone and slate are usually the most popular choices for kitchen renovations. Advantages to natural stone tiling include their uniform color consistency, when unglazed, and their ability to minimize the visibility of scratches and chips.
If you have a busy kitchen, experts recommend using less porous, stain-resistant stones like slate and granite. You may also need to reseal stone tiles to retain an unblemished, clean appearance. Finally, be aware if a stone tile is badly damaged, it cannot be repaired. You’ll have to replace broken or chipped stone tiles.
5. What Else Should You Consider When Replacing Kitchen Flooring?
In addition to the water, stain, and chemical resistance of kitchen tile, take into account durability and ease of cleaning. Kitchen tiles requiring extra grout may also be problematic since grout is porous and stains easily. Surface grout stains may be removed using sandpaper or pencil erasers, while mixing vinegar and baking soda removes deeper stains. Also, UV radiation from direct sunlight may cause some tiles to fade. Completing your kitchen floor renovation at or under budget adds to the thrill of seeing the final product.
One of the leading home construction companies in Dallas, TX, Grand Homes invites you to contact us to learn how you can begin the process of building your dream home. We can also help you select the exact kind of kitchen flooring you have always wanted