The kitchen is the hub of your home. It's obvious you will want something durable and potentially waterproof to prevent spills and messes. Here is Mountain Home Interiors go-to kitchen flooring.
It's the holiday season, this year it is your turn to host the family Christmas party. With your five siblings and all their children, not to mention your parents, the house is packed! Now think about this, where is everyone standing?
Of course! If you have ever been to a family gathering or owned your own home you know that the kitchen is the place where everyone likes to gather. It's typically the most trafficked part of your home, and the most likely place to find dirt, debris, moisture, and constant messes. That being the case, kitchen floors need be strong, durable, and preferably waterproof. But which flooring is going to be best?
Vinyl flooring has become one of the most popular flooring options in recent history. Although many people have heard about vinyl flooring some remain puzzled on what modern vinyl really is.
Popular varieties of vinyl can also be referred to as LVT or LVP flooring, which stand for "Luxury Vinyl Tile" and "Luxury Vinyl Plank". So basically, when choosing this flooring you typically receive tiles and planks.
Another important acronym when considering vinyl flooring is the terms WPC or SPC. These stand for Wood Plastic Composite or Stone Plastic Composite, which refer to the core of the vinyl flooring. Let's break that down a little further.
WPC - This type uses wood and polymers in the vinyl core for extra stability and strength
SPC - This type of vinyl has a stone and plastic composite core, developed of stone dust, stabilizers, and PVC to fortify the tile
Both of these types of vinyl flooring feature a cork or foam backing to soften the floor underfoot and limit sound. Both of these vinyl types are completely waterproof making them ideal for a kitchen remodel.
Vinyl flooring can be put in almost any place in the house but are most popular in places like the kitchen and bathroom. This is because of the waterproof features the vinyl possesses as well as its large collection of colors and patterns. Many enjoy this type of flooring in their kitchen because they can still have that hardwood look, with all the benefits of a vinyl floor.
If protection, durability, and style is something you are searching for to put in your kitchen, vinyl might just be the option for you.
Let's talk hardwood. This type of flooring has been used for centuries in homes as a luxurious choice of style and status. That has yet to change, decades later hardwood flooring remains a popular choice for many homeowners and contractors. Known for its durability, style, and water-resistance, many homeowners feel it a no-brainer to put hardwood flooring in their kitchen.
But, let's look a little deeper if it is the right choice for you.
Many lifestyles are different. If looking for a waterproof floor, you may really want to consider if hardwood flooring is right for you. Hardwood floors are are somewhat water resistant...but not completely water proof. Solid hardwood flooring, when combined with a proper finish can be water-resistant, but constant, long-term exposure to moisture can cause damage.
If you can get to spills early and clean as soon as possible, you will generally be ok; but, if the exposure is left unattended you run the risk of water damage or spots. That being said, solid hardwood floors can take more moisture-related exposure than laminate or engineered hardwood floors.
Even though hardwoods may not be water-proof, they can still be a tremendous choice for an amazing kitchen floor. With the ability to stain, you can add variety over the years by refinishing the floor.
When deciding your hardwood floor, look for reclaimed, recycled, and environmentally sustainable choices for hardwood flooring.
For the most part, laminate floors have come a long way and offer a lot of choices for your kitchen floor. However, just like hardwood flooring, laminate floors are not waterproof, this is important to remember when selecting this flooring for your home.
Although it is not water-proof, laminate flooring has been a less expensive choice to get a traditional hardwood look in your home.
That being said there are certain laminate flooring options that do offer "waterproof laminate" which gives a rigid core to the flooring made of waterproof material that adds stability and durability to the flooring. Making this option intriguing as it can fight against excess moisture. A Mountain Home Interiors flooring expert can help you in finding a flooring waterproof laminate.
This newer type of laminate flooring has been able to innovate while maintaining some of the traditional advantages of laminate flooring.
Laminate flooring still has a lot of options, including, a great array of colors and patterns to bring uniqueness to your kitchen.
But wait there's more! Tile is a classic, durable option that has been known to be placed in typical wet areas. If installed by a flooring expert who has grouted and sealed the floor correctly, tile can last forever! Tile is often the most popular option for kitchen flooring. There are many options of tile, so let's dive a little deeper into what you want in your home.
Which tile is right for me?
Ceramic Tile - Ceramic tiles are one of the most popular for kitchen floors, as they are made from natural materials, and baked to completion. They also offer:
Great Variety of patterns, styles, colors, and shapes!
Can handle spills and splashes seen in most kitchens. It won't damage the style, but you do run the risk of staining grout.
Porcelain Tile - This type of tile is completely waterproof and can take just about any stain. Consider this before choosing porcelain tile:
Harder than standard ceramics, which gives it a stronger durability
Potentially can be more slippery
Natural Stone - This type of flooring in your kitchen can be a bit more pricey but can be a great option for your kitchen. Options like marble, granite, and others can be offered in many colors and patterns, but typically are more naturally-made instead of man-made. Consider this before choosing natural stone:
Needs to be sealed at install and regular intervals throughout time
Gorgeous and strong surface
Can be very expensive
Mountain Home Interiors Can Help You Decide
There are a great number of flooring options for your kitchen. If you are still a little unsure about what flooring is right for your home check out some of our options by visiting our website at www.mountaininteriors.net or stopping by the store! We are located on Main Street in Payson, Arizona! For other questions give us a call at (928) 474-4660.