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How to Choose Your Kitchen Floor Covering

Last modified: 2017/09/05 | 2 mins

Thinking about changing your kitchen floors? There are so many different options out there. has prepared a practical guide detailing the types of floor coverings you can choose from, along with their characteristics.

The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms throughout the house. You and your loved ones are in it at least 3 times a day, if not more. Moreover, this particular room is exposed to various elements such as dirt, water and heat. When choosing a floor covering for your kitchen, you will need to take these facts into consideration.

Types of floor coverings for a kitchen

Tile floors

Tiles are the most widely-used material for kitchen floors. You can find pretty much any color, texture or finish (sheen) that you like. Most tiles used in the kitchen are either made out of ceramic, porcelain or glass. Due to the fact that they aren't very thick, tiles can also be used as kitchen back-splashes. Tiles can work in any kitchen, in the end it's mostly a matter of taste. You can achieve a great, very modern and/or very fancy look with tiles.

Stone floors

If you're looking for something even fancier, stone flooring is the way to go. However, expect a hefty price tag. Stone floor covering is also hard to install and requires certain special arrangements which can only be done by a professional. Furthermore, note that stone is porous and is sensitive to water and to spots. Every year, you will have to apply a water-repellent product on the floor's surface to keep it from getting damaged.

Wood floors

Wood adds a lot of warmth to a room. In terms of price, it tends to be on the expensive side. Make sure that the wood you choose is waterproof. A few good options that are well-suited for kitchen floors: Teak, Merbau and Ipe.

Kitchen floor covering

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PVC floors

PVC floor covering is seen in more and more homes these days.  The major advantage of this type of floor comes from the fact that it imitates almost perfectly materials such as wood, metal and stone. It is a material relatively simple to install because you simply need to stick it to the ground and it becomes watertight. One of the main perks with PVC is that it can be used to replicate other materials such as wood, metal and stone. PVC is easy to install: simply clean the surface on which you will install the floor covering, stick the PVC down and voilà! This material is watertight and very affordable.

Vinyl floors

Like PVC, Vinyl is very trendy right now.  Vinyl is a good alternative to wood and tiles because it is very accessible to all budgets and available in a wide array of colors and patterns. The installation process is simple and cleaning this type of floor covering is very easy.

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