5 Important Questions To Ask When Shopping For New Kitchen Floors
Your kitchen is the centerpiece of the home. It’s where you prepare meals, go over homework assignments with your children, gather with friends, and see your family off on the way work. Generally the room that receives the most traffic in a home, a kitchen floor must be able to withstand the wear and tear of foot traffic, water and food spills, and heavy appliances. If you’re in the market for a new kitchen flooring solution, consider these 5 tips to help you find the right flooring for your needs.
1. What other costs will be involved in my kitchen flooring?
Replacing your flooring requires outside costs that may affect your budget for hardwood or tile floors. For example, if you are replacing a kitchen floor, you will need to factor in the cost of removing the old flooring, rebuilding the sub-flooring, and delivery and installation of new materials. By estimating these costs up front, you’ll find the right budget amount that you can spend on the actual flooring product. That can be a difficult process for many homeowners – which is why we offer to meet our customers in their homes to take proper measurements.
2. How will my new kitchen floors be used?
Selecting a new kitchen floor can be a fun process of browsing through hundreds of flooring product samples. But at the end of the day, how do you know which material to choose for your home? We encourage homeowners to start by assessing what they need from a kitchen floor. Will kids and pets be dashing in and out? You’ll want a floor that is scratch resistant and easy to clean. Do you cook a lot of meals and frequently entertain guests? You’ll want a floor that is durable and beautiful. By focusing on how your kitchen will be used, you’ll be able to determine if hardwood, vinyl, or tile floors are right for you.
3. What material will function best in my kitchen?
You have many options for flooring: hard or soft woods, laminate, tile, vinyl, linoleum, even cork and bamboo. Some floors will fit your needs better than others. Laminate flooring, for instance, is easy to install but shouldn’t be used in heavy moisture areas. Wood flooring looks beautiful but may crack with extreme temperature changes or get scratched by pets’ claws. Tile floors are durable but they can be cold, and they’re not kind to dropped water glasses. Because you’re choosing floors for a very specific room in your house – the kitchen – you need to consider exactly how it needs to function.
4. How will my new floors match my kitchen décor?
Your kitchen floor won’t exist in a vacuum: it must play well with other design features like cabinets, appliances, ceilings, doors, and windows. Consider the color of your flooring and how it might match certain components while off-setting others. What color of flooring will go well with your existing window and door trim? How will your flooring match your appliances and lighting fixtures? Our flooring experts can help you find the perfect flooring solution to match your kitchen design and bring out the best features of your kitchen.
5. Will I be able to properly care for my new floors?
As a high traffic area, you can expect to consistently clean cooking spills, muddy shoe prints, and dust from your kitchen floors. You will want to find a flooring product that is easy to clean and resistant to the demands of your particular daily schedule. Wood, laminate, and tile floors provide an easy-to-clean surface perfect for most kitchen needs. If you have questions about kitchen floor maintenance, our flooring experts will be happy to help.
While you’re shopping for new flooring, keep in mind these tips: budgeting, style, material, maintenance, and overall fit with your kitchen. By considering these elements, you’ll find the floor that’s perfect for you and your home.