Porcelain tile is both durable and attractive. It is designed and manufactured to be harder and less porous than ceramic tile, so it will stand up to impacts and spills better. You will also find increased safety with porcelain tile, since some versions are certified slip-resistant by the Americans with Disabilities Act. You can purchase it in two forms: glazed and unglazed. This mostly affects only the look of the tile. The glazed version comes with a coating that gives it a glassy shine. This coating can come in a variety of colors. The unglazed version doesn’t have a coating, so it has an earthier and more natural look to it. The version you should choose will depend on the look that will work best in your particular kitchen.
Hardwood flooring is inviting, natural, and can be quite beautiful. It’s best used with an open floor plan and is especially useful if you are using hardwood for the rest of your home and want your kitchen floor to “flow” with it. This will give you a single type of flooring to lend continuity to your home. Hardwood does require some maintenance: finished hardwood is able to resist moisture, but spills should be cleaned up immediately to avoid damage. Unfinished hardwood is more likely to incur damage from impacts, spills, foot traffic, and humidity from the air over time. Along with finished or unfinished, hardwood flooring can also come in solid wood or engineered planks. The engineered version has a veneer of real wood on top of a layer of plywood. This makes the flooring more stable and less vulnerable to dangers like humidity and moisture.
Vinyl flooring is waterproof, stain-proof, and simple to clean. Vinyl comes in a variety of colors and styles. You can even purchase embossed vinyl that imitates the look of tile and stone. It feels slightly soft to walk on, making your time in the kitchen a little more pleasant. It also happens to be one of the most affordable types on this list. However, if you’re looking for something more durable that will stand the test of time, you may want to consider investing in tile or hardwood.
Which is Right for You?
These three types of flooring are sturdy, relatively simple to clean, and look great. World of Floors in Tampa, Florida, will help you install kitchen flooring in your Florida home and anywhere else in your home with the utmost care and professionalism. We will install everything for you from start to finish, giving you a glorious new floor that really defines your kitchen. Contact us today to let us know how we can improve your home and feel free to leave comments below this post.