||The days of linoleum
tiling being the only choice for kitchens have long
past. Today’s homeowners are embracing a wide
range of options for the kitchen floor, embracing
modern styles and fashionable appearances. So, what
are kitchen floors made of these days? Below are
a variety of choices that homeowners are drawn to.
Though hardwood was once only used in bedrooms and
living rooms, it has found its way into the kitchen
in recent years. Many homeowners are now using wood
in the kitchen. Why the shift? Kitchens are now
thought of even more as the heart of the home than
they were before. Many kitchens are part of an open
floor plan and are connected with the living room,
and many families spend a great deal of time in
the kitchen cooking, eating, doing homework, and
working on the computer. As the kitchen has become
a more important space in the home, it’s also
become a space that homeowners desire to feel is
beautiful and seamlessly part of the rest of the
Traditional hardwood floors do require some maintenance.
Hardwood flooring is typically finished with oil
and wax, which creates a weathered, antiqued appearance.
Though this is fine for a less busy area, in the
kitchen, this would require frequent waxing. Instead,
many homeowners who plan to use hardwood in the
kitchen use hardwood that has been pre-treated with
a sealer such as polyurethane. Floors that are pre-sealed
don’t require the waxing that an untreated
hardwood floor does, making maintenance a lot easier.
For the homeowner who embraces a more industrial
kitchen, rubber flooring, which has been a favorite
for chefs for decades, is a unique and wonderful
option. Rubber flooring is easier on the feet and
back, which is why it’s used in kitchens where
chefs stand for sixty or more hours a week. For
the homeowner who spends a great deal of time in
the kitchen, a rubber floor is a great idea. Rubber
flooring is very easy to maintain by simple sweeping
and mopping, and it’s able to withstand a
great deal of foot traffic. And some good news?
Rubber flooring is environmentally friendly –
it’s produced out of old rubber tires!
Many people don’t realize that brick is actually
a flooring option, and it can do a great deal of
good in the kitchen. Brick flooring pavers offer
a warm, inviting, timeless look in the kitchen that
is easy to maintain. Brick is like a unique twist
on traditional tiling, and if the space fits it,
it can be an excellent option for many different
Brick, rubber, and wood flooring offer a lot of
variety when it comes to color and style, making
them even more attractive to homeowners looking
for new and exciting kitchen flooring solutions.
For example, wood comes in hard dark woods or light
woods such as bamboo, allowing one to really evaluate
what would best complement the kitchen itself before
installing the actual flooring.