When you make the choice to remodel your kitchen, you are faced with a plethora of decisions to make. You have to determine the colors, styles, designs and features of all of your new fixtures and components. Additionally you want to make sure to bring everything together to represent your own unique, cohesive style. The final component that can make or break your kitchen remodeling project is your choice of kitchen flooring. The right choice can complete your dream kitchen, and the wrong choice can make it a nightmare. So, know your best kitchen flooring options and make the selection best suited to your tastes and needs.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is one of the most traditional and yet still popular flooring types around. This is due in a large part to the durability of hardwood floors. If you take proper care of a hardwood floor, it can last you a lifetime.

Hardwood flooring can also increase the value of your house. So, if you have any inkling that you will be selling your home in the future, investing in hardwood floors for your kitchen could pay off.  

Hardwood flooring is available in a variety of hues and finishes to suit just about any aesthetic you prefer for your new kitchen. On the downside however, virgin hardwood flooring can be ecologically detrimental. Many companies that harvest hardwoods (especially the exotic varieties) use clear-cutting methods that lead to widespread deforestation, soil erosion, and other ill-effects.

If environmental factors are a concern, consider using reclaimed hardwood for your kitchen flooring project. Reclaimed wood is high-quality hardwood that was previously used in other homes or buildings. This type of lumber requires no addition harvesting and is significantly less expensive than virgin hardwoods.

Porcelain Tile

If you are looking to get away from traditional wood flooring, porcelain tile is a great option. You get the look of natural stone, and it comes in a variety of tile sizes, shapes, and colors to suit your needs. These tiles can be glazed to give them a shiny glass-like finish or can be left in their natural unglazed state for an earthier aesthetic.

Porcelain tile is also the toughest flooring option available meaning that it is highly dent, chip, and stain resistant. It is not porous either, meaning that it will not suffer from water damage should you accidentally spill water in your kitchen.

However, beware of glazed porcelain tiles if you worry about slipperiness. When glazed porcelain tiles get wet, they can be extremely slippery which may prove dangerous to you and your family. Additionally porcelain tile can be quite noisy when walked on. If you have a basement with bedrooms or a family room directly beneath the kitchen, you may want to choose a different flooring option.

Remodeling your kitchen can be a fun and challenging process. The key component that brings the whole room together is the flooring. Make sure you choose the best flooring material for you and you will have the cohesive kitchen of your dreams.