Here at Floor Coverings International of Seminole and Largo, FL, we believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home. If the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, it only makes sense that the key to a happy house is a useful and beautiful kitchen. And at the heart of a good kitchen, is a good kitchen floor. Having a kitchen floor that is resilient, durable, and beautiful will make cooking fun, and clean up easier. With all this in mind, here are our recommendations for the very best kitchen floor coverings.
Ceramic Tile Flooring
Ceramic tile is the classic choice for kitchen and bathroom flooring. And not without reason! If you’re a person who likes to go with the tried and true, ceramic should serve you well. Ceramic is very water resistant and incredibly hard and durable. If you install ceramic tile flooring in your kitchen, it will likely last you for years with little hassle or headache. Ceramic is easy to clean and maintain, requiring only regular sweeping and occasional mopping. Plus, if a tile gets damaged it can easily be removed and replaced without disrupting the rest of the floor. You have a wide range of style options available with ceramic tile flooring, since the tiles come glazed in nearly every color and formed in nearly every shape and size. So whether you want simple subway tile, or an elaborate mosaic, ceramic tile will suit your style.
Sure, there are some connotations that come to mind when someone says the word linoleum which aren’t exactly positive. But today’s linoleum is nothing like your grandma’s fifties kitchen. Linoleum is made from solidified linseed oil, meaning that it is actually a natural and ecofriendly flooring option, unlike a floor covering like vinyl, which it is often mistaken for. Linoleum is incredibly durable, with a lifespan of up to 40 years, and like ceramic tile it comes in a wide range of colors, patterns, and styles. There are two main types of linoleum, sheet linoleum and tile linoleum, with sheet linoleum being one of the most waterproof flooring options available, since there will be no seams for moisture to seep through. Linoleum is less expensive than many other flooring choices, so if you want ecofriendly style on a budget, linoleum is your best bet.
Porcelain Tile Flooring
The most durable of these floor coverings, porcelain tile flooring will stand up to nearly anything you throw at it. Porcelain is actually a very specific subset of ceramic, which is fired at incredibly high temperatures in order to make it very hard and very resistant to water. In fact, porcelain is categorized specifically as ceramic that has an absorption rate less than 0.5%. The Porcelain Enamel Institute categorizes the hardness of ceramic on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the hardest. Porcelain tile flooring has a PEI rating of 5, making it suitable for use in industrial and commercial applications such as airports and malls. So don’t worry about porcelain being damaged in your kitchen! With the same sort of visual variety as ceramic tile, porcelain will fit your style and last for years. Keep in mind though, that porcelain is also the priciest option on this list.
Whether you want pricey porcelain, classic ceramic, or livable linoleum, call Floor Coverings International of Largo and Seminole, FL for all of your kitchen flooring needs!