Is your kitchen or bath flooring looking tired and old? If you are ready for a change or considering a remodel for your kitchen or bath and struggling to decide, let me help.
From my experience, wood flooring is still the most popular flooring. However, kitchens and bathrooms are not the most conducive to handling real wood because of the water and high humidity issues. There are fantastic options where you can achieve the desired look and satisfy the limitations. Also trending are the wider plank flooring in colors of blonde or gray looking woods. I wanted to focus on two durable options where there has been an explosion of new products and looks: luxury vinyl flooring and porcelain tiles.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring:
Luxury Vinyl flooring is different from standard vinyl in that it looks like it’s made of natural materials such as wood or stone. It is an excellent project for those who are do-it-yourself types as this flooring is easy to install compared to other types.
Beautiful contemporary kitchen featuring Armstrong Flooring Timber Bay-Barnyard Gray flooring:
If you are looking for DIY projects and interesting ways to lay vinyl tiles, click here for ideas and instructions from Armstrong Flooring.
Understand the difference between Luxury Vinyl and Laminate:
Laminate has a fiberboard layer and cannot get wet and is not recommended for Kitchen or Bath. Whereas, luxury vinyl can handle full liquid submersion without any issues. You will want to check the “wear layer” – the higher that number is, the more durable the flooring will be to foot traffic. This layer is of particular importance if you have kids or pets and need the highest durability rating. Another aspect to consider is that luxury vinyl is warmer than a porcelain tile under foot and is more forgiving if you are prone to drop things. (For further details read this article from Gohaus.com.)
Understanding Porcelain and Ceramic tile:
Porcelain is denser and less porous than ceramic tile and makes a good choice for flooring. To label a tile as porcelain it has to be certified as such, click here to read more about this topic.
Modern kitchen with porcelain tile:
Marble looking porcelain tile:
Porcelain tiles in wood and marble in a fun pattern:
If you need help picking out a flooring product, trying to match it with existing colors, or wish to create a new color palette, give me a call 610.955.8202 or email and let’s save you time and aggravation and get this project started!
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.