Kitchen floors go through a lot of wear and tear. Learn which three flooring options perform best.

Elegant, neutral color kitchen with brown islandKitchen floors take a lot of abuse:  heavy traffic, moisture concerns, chairs around islands or tables. These flooring categories perform well in kitchens:

Luxury vinyl – available in wood looks (3” to 7” wide planks) and tile and stone visuals. The tiles can sometimes be grouted if desired, and are available in a variety of sizes, including 12” x 24”. The technology being utilized creates extremely realistic patterns and textures.   Luxury vinyl is an extremely moisture resistant floor, very durable, stain resistant, and most are rated for commercial use. Some styles have attached backings, which add warmth, cushioning, and sound deadening properties.

Laminates – very scratch and indentation resistant, perfect for busy, active households, especially homes with pets. Laminates mimic wood, tile and stone, in popular high-end looks like exotic species, white washed, oil rubbed, even distressed looks like wire-brushing and hand scraping.

Tile – a popular choice of flooring due to aesthetic appeal, as well as  durability and easy care. A properly installed tile floor will outperform and outlast any other floor covering product created for the same application. There are wood-look tiles that have great realism if you don’t want a traditional tile look.  Do consider slip resistance; a textured tile is recommended.

Wood – there are some wood floors that are better suited for kitchens.  Not indestructible, but certainly more durable. Some features to look for include wire brushing, character grade, distressed, low gloss/matte finishes, and oil rubbed finishes.  Expect these practical floors to be on the upper end of the price scale.

Come in today and meet with an Enhance Design Consultant to find the perfect floor for your kitchen!

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