When it comes to your kitchen the flooring may not be the first thing you think of, but it certainly will steel the show. Your flooring choices give your layout the ebb to its flow and allows one room flow into the next. Keeping the flooring the same throughout the main level has been the trend, but we are still given options and opportunities to separate open spaces by using flooring changes from wood to ceramic. Below are the most popular flooring options that we install per our owner’s requests.
Tile and Stone Flooring
Ceramic tile floors are still very popular in kitchens. They’re a very economical way to showcase your style and also bring a different blend color to your kitchen floor. What we like about kitchen floors that elect to use tiles is it allows you to have a nice classic stone feel. We also like the different designs and colors that are available with using the tile floors. In the past everything had to have a nice neutral tone or a real natural stone or marble look to it. It looks great, but sometimes over abundance of colors going on with your kitchen cabinets, countertops and backsplash is overwhelming enough.
Another reason that to like the tile floors is for economic reasons especially when ceramic tiles are available in your style. A two dollar per square foot tile can be almost 1/4 the cost for hardwood floors. Also, with ceramic tiles if you ever make a mess spill a drink or have a leak in your sink the cleanup is just a simple as a paper towels.
If you think using technology and flooring together in the same sentence sounds weird, you would be wrong. Technology with tile flooring has made it such that vinyl and laminate floors are once again a choice and not just something you put into a slumlord rental unit. The waterproofing technology with high and vinyl floors today allows consumers that are looking to renovate or even build a custom home to select floors and have multiple color and design options. We love the way you can take something it is so light yet so durable and also have such a unique design in it. What’s also nice about using this form of material is the cost of replacement, should anything happen, is very minimal. The one thing that we caution about using this type of floors it to make sure your purchase an extra box or two should anything happen. Similar to tiles on the ceramic side, or marble, the textures designs and colors will change based on availability and based on the economics of developing the product. So if you have an issue it’s not as simple as adding new hardwood floors sanding and re-staining to match.
For quite a while it was taboo to have hardwood floors in the kitchen area. Today that is not the case, especially with our custom built homes. Many of our clients that are looking at doing custom renovated kitchens are asking us to add hardwood floors from the dining room and family room area and into the kitchen space to blend rooms together. This allows you to have that great room feel where everyone can be together. With open concept being so popular it’s no mistake that hardwood floors are seen more often in the kitchen space. The kitchen is no longer a space that is hidden behind four walls allowing the chef to prepare all by her or his lonesome. Today we blend kitchen with our family room and often times our dining room is part of the kitchen and no longer a formal place. Cleanup is easy for hardwood flooring, but bill stains or water leaks can be quite a pain. Especially hardwood floors that are sanded and stained. Depending on when you stain your floors the color tone, even if it’s the same exact bottle of stain, will never set the exact some way. If the area in need of repair is large enough you will need to re-sand and re-stain an entire floor. Let’s hope that is the exception. Working with a builder who knows what they’re doing and with the homeowner paying attention to their home avoids majority of wood flooring issues.