What is the most durable flooring for a kitchen?
We are getting new floors in our kitchen and laundry room, we have laminate in the family room and I hate it, if it gets wet it bubbles and peels. I want something very durable seeing as its a high traffic area and we have 4 large dogs. Plain concrete just doesn'tt sound appealing, and I heard that ceramic tile is easily worn and cracked. Any ideas?
- Hardwood floors are nice, but they scratch, especially with dogs. I'd suggest procelain tile--it's more durable than ceramic--and buy an extra box on top of the amount you need to do the floor. That way if one ever cracks you can replace it easily. It's not hard to do...you pry off the old, damaged one and glue a new one down. They look nice and in my opinion, are easier to clean than hardwood. Just get darker grout in between them (you can get them even without grout if you place them touching one another) because the lighter stuff can look dirty after awhile.
- We have hard tile in the kitchen and in both bathrooms. We love it and find it durable and easy to care for. Wall tile is a bit fragile. However, floor tile is much different than wall tile. Unless you're in the habit of dropping very heavy objects on the floor or allowing your hubby or children to pound it with a hammer you really won't have to worry about durability. You do need to have the grout sealed though as unsealed grout tends to absorb grease and dirt and is very hard to clean. Also, in my opinion, dark grout is much easier to maintain than white. Our kitchen floor has endured for 19 years.
- Quarry tiles, laid properly, will last forever. You might get bored with them eventually though.
- Ceramic tile is not easily worn and cracked, unless you use tile that is meant for the walls. Some people don't know the difference and some don't care but wall tiles are much thinner and less durable than floor tiles. The hardness of ceramic tile is rated between one and four, one being the softest and used for walls. Residential ceramic floor tiles should have a grade of 3. Grade 4 is for commercial ceramic tile and if you're worried about it cracking, then you may want to go with a grade 4.
That being said, the only floors that are considered permanent are stone floors (marble, slate or granite). Marble is softer than slate or granite, and it will scratch easier. Granite is the most durable, though all hold up well with reasonable care.
Another option (which is also a good option for the environment) is bamboo flooring. Bamboo flooring is one of the hardest natural materials available for flooring and is an excellent alternative to hard wood flooring. Bamboo has a higher fibre rating than any hard wood, which gives it exceptional hard wearing qualities. Plus, since bamboo is really a grass, it is renewable and won't harm the planet.
Hope this helps...
- solid diamond if one can afford it
- Most people have a difficult decision about the type of kitchen flooring they want to have.
Ceramic tile has been found to be the most durable kind of kitchen flooring. These are available in a wide choice of colors and patterns to suit any décor. They are not expensive, so they are within the budget of most people who are remodeling or building a new home
- I am a professional kitchen designer and design journalist. I think the flooring article I just wrote for the Tampa Tribune will help you decide. I had flooring experts weigh in on the most popular options, and added a few surprise choices, too.
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