Kitchen Flooring Castro Valley, CA
While hardwood flooring is beautiful in any room, there are some major drawbacks to using it in kitchens. Hardwood floors do not mix well with children and can be difficult to keep clean in a room where water, food and other materials prone to stain are likely to come into contact with your floor. Children have a way of gouging hardwood floors, which can give other substances a way to penetrate the surface. For all these reasons, tile or laminate flooring is likely to be a better choice for high-traffic and spill-prone areas of your home.
Alternatives to Hardwood Flooring
Kitchen tile can be quite elegant, as can hardwood. But tile has the advantage of being waterproof, easier to clean, and more resistant to damage. Tile flooring is easy to clean with a broom and mop. It comes in a wide range of different colors and patterns to suit your décor and personal style. Tile is less expensive than hardwood flooring and is much easier to install, and remove. Kitchen tile is naturally waterproof, and rarely needs an additional treatment to resist absorbing moisture.
Less expensive than both wood and tile, laminate flooring is easier to install, more versatile than tile and much more so than wood. Laminate flooring is ideal for DIY enthusiasts who are looking for an easy and inexpensive way to provide durable flooring for a kitchen or bathroom. Laminate flooring comes in a great selection of colors and patterns, and it can even be made to imitate stone tile or hardwood floors. Laminate floors are completely waterproof, even more so than tile and are less expensive. Laminate is less durable than tile and wood, but it is more affordable and easier to replace.
Choosing the Right Flooring for You
Because there are many types of flooring that are well suited for a kitchen space, choosing between them can be a challenge. First, create a budget. Then decide whether you want to do the work yourself or hire a professional. Select the type of flooring that is commensurate with the skill level of the person who will be doing the installation. Once your plan is in place look at examples of the result you expect. If what you see is to your liking, consider that your green light.
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