When it comes to flooring your kitchen, the material you choose will determine a number of things such as the comfort, the ease of cleaning, the durability and the difficulty of maintaining it. Knowing what alternatives you have will help you keep your floor looking fresh and new.
Many older kitchens are done in linoleum and some people associate vinyl with linoleum, although they are different. Vinyl can peel easily and might not be the best way to go for most kitchens. It may be a good choice for an area with little traffic such as a small laundry room or bathroom that gets little use. But for your kitchen, you are definitely better off with something else if you can afford it, particularly if it is peel-and-stick vinyl.
Linoleum, on the other hand, offers an inexpensive alternative. It is relatively easy on the feet, but the downside is that it is not very durable. Vinyl may peel, but it tends not to wear away as quickly as linoleum. Still, linoleum is a top choice in many households because it is economical.
If you happen to spend lots of time in your kitchen, something with a more cushiony feel to it is going to be more comfortable for long periods spent slaving over your delicious meals. Vinyl, linoleum and carpet are all a little easier on the feet, but still may not be the first choice for some families. If your only stipulation is that the floor is easy to clean, vinyl and linoleum may be acceptable. But steer clear of carpet, as it is not very practical and will collect stains more easily than you think over a short period of time.
So you don't spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but you want some options that can withstand the wear and tear that comes with every day life? While some may find it more difficult to install, tile can be a beautiful addition to a kitchen. It is long lasting and when chosen well, can set the environment of your kitchen. Many people think heated tile is only for their bathrooms, but warming your toes on the kitchen floor can be a relaxing way to prepare your meals.
Wood and stone flooring are also popular choices in the modern era, but be careful to do your homework with these. You will probably need to use special sealant to prevent stains and keep those floors looking new. And while they are both durable, you are going to spend quite a bit more money than you would on linoleum or even carpet.
As with any home remodeling project, most of your choices depend on what your daily activities entail and what you have in your budget. Making the right choice for you is not as simple as choosing the "best" type of flooring. You need an idea of what kind of floor will fit into your lifestyle. So use common sense to guide your decision-making process and then find that perfect floor that you will fall in love with!