The kitchen is often the heart of the home. It is where we meet for family meals. It is sometimes the de facto family room as kids do homework at the dining room table so they are able to ask questions of Mom or Dad while they’re making dinner or cleaning up afterward. This is why kitchen floors wear out so much faster than the rest of the house. Here are four things you should consider before you pick a new kitchen floor.
How much wear and tear will your kitchen floor get? If you’re regularly shoving tables off to the side and sliding a high chair around the kitchen, a linoleum floor that will rip up under these conditions is the wrong choice for you. A high traffic floor needs to be concrete, stone, tile or wood designed to handle the conditions. Another consideration is the loads. Old wood floors may not be strong enough to support multiple modern appliances.
You rarely find carpet in bathrooms or kitchens because no one wants to try to clean mud, food stains or dirty water off of those floors. This is why stone, linoleum and other easy to clean surfaces are common in kitchens. Consider the types of messes your kitchen floor will endure and how quickly you’ll be able to clean it up. If there is a possibility that you’ll have spilled juice or splashed water sit for a long time on the floor before it is cleaned up, you either don’t want a wood floor or need to have it specially treated to resist such spills without staining.
Once you have narrowed down your choices based on essential criteria like durability, the ability to clean it and how safe it is for your home’s use, you can start to look for flooring that suits your style. Do you want floors that are neutral so that it looks good with any décor? Or do you want the floor to be the focal point of the room? Do you need floors that fit the style of the home?
For example, if you have a historic home, you may want or even be required to maintain the style of the property. Antique oak flooring might work in some cases such as these. Reclaimed antique oak floors have the added bonus of being eco friendly and cheaper than new wood floors. Conversely, you may want neutrally colored stone floors with a few accent tiles thrown in.
We can’t overlook cost as a deciding factor when selecting flooring. Your budget determines whether or not you can afford engineered wood floors or the more expensive yet more durable stone tiles. Using antique and reclaimed materials may be cheaper than buying new, but this also limits your options when it comes to appearance. Remember that you can mix and match materials like generic stone tiles with a few more expensive accent pieces if they look good together.