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Kitchen Flooring: Information Including the Pros and Cons of Hardwood and Tile

Many home remodeling jobs include flooring changes, and with so many flooring products on the market, the selection process can take a while. Hardwood and tiles offer a variety of options, so take a look at the benefits and downsides to help you make the right choice.

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One of the biggest advantages that make tiles such a worthwhile prospect is the range of prices. There is something to suit every budget. In most kitchen environments, tiles are sturdy and long lasting. Many of them are stain resistant, and they are easy to clean, so they take some of the stress out of kitchen maintenance. It is important to note however, that the grout can become stained, so this might not be ideal for busy kitchens. You can look for grout sealant products to help keep it clean.

The variety of sizes, patterns, and textures are almost unending.  Even the smaller home improvement stores will have numerous products on display, ranging in size. Installation is not considered challenging, but there is a cleaning up process after the work is done. This can be a DIY project, but it is not ideal for someone without experience. While you can obtain tiles cheaply, you need to add installation costs to the remodeling budget if you leave the installation to a professional.

Hardwood

Some people have concerns about using wood for kitchen floors due to the possibility of liquid spills. These concerns are unfounded, as these floors have been used in kitchens without problems for years. If the wood is properly sealed a spill will not be a problem is you dry it up right away. Wood needs to be refinished to maintain its beauty, and this is even more important in high traffic kitchens. You can buy unfinished wood and stain it after installation to save money. Another option is to use prefinished wood which can help to lessen the length of the remodeling project.

The choice of wood type is relevant to the overall look of the kitchen. They are sold in various widths, so the choice depends on the style you want. While properly stained wood holds up well to a few spills, leaks can cause damage over time. Get your plumbing checked occasionally to find leaks that can lead to rot and insect infestation. Mold is another potential issue if leaks are left unchecked.

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Either option can work well in any type of kitchen layout or decor, and your personal tastes should factor into the decision as well. If neither option suits your tastes, you can consider other flooring products like laminates and vinyl. Choosing the best flooring for your kitchen is seldom an easy decision to make. Some people know that they want hardwood from the beginning, but we often help homeowners by providing more pros and cons for each type of flooring.

Call us at 312-714-5454 if you’re in the greater Chicago area and would like to schedule an appointment for a consultation regarding flooring for your kitchen. We’ll help you design a kitchen that you will love with flooring that can last for years.

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