Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Best Choice for the Kitchen Floor

The kitchen is perhaps the one area around the house which sees both heavy foot traffic on a daily basis and an endless array of spills and accidents of all kinds day after day. The kitchen floor is the one thing that takes the most beating day in and day out, whether it's falling china or glassware or spilling of hot oil, the kitchen floor has seen it all, and has to be able to handle most things you can throw at it, literally.
There are many different options when it comes to suitable kitchen flooring, each of them has its own pros and cons and is best used only if the conditions are right.

Probably the first thing that comes to one's mind is to go for a ceramic tile flooring, indeed this is an excellent option as tiles are strong and hard wearing, they are watertight and will not be affected by many things. Tiles are not the cheapest nor the most expensive option out there, but with installation costs included a tile floor could end up costing a pretty penny. Stone flooring is another way out, but it will cost you dearly as no natural stone is easy to come by, installation costs of the stone floor are substantial as you cannot do it on your own. Solid wood floors are always in style, though is the kitchen the perfect place for such a floor? 

It depends, but wood is better used in places like the lounger room or the bedroom. Even the best sealed wood will show signs of water damage after while so think about whether the kitchen is the place to be for a solid wood floor. Vinyl, particularly vinyl flooring installation is quite an interesting alternative as it provides hard wearing durability,  exceptional styles and ease of installation at a very reasonable price. Plank vinyl flooring, as already mentioned is easy to install on your own, so you will save some money from using a specialist. A variation of the same is vinyl tile flooring, where instead of planks you work with tiles.


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