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Kitchen Flooring Options
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement

Kitchen floors, just like kitchen countertops, should be durable, stain resistant, and pleasing to the eye. When selecting a flooring option, keep in mind that flooring can accent the counters, cabinets, and appliances surrounding it. With this noted, the material you choose should accommodate not only to the amount of wear and tear you suspect your floors with receive, but also to the overall appearance you are looking for.

The most durable kitchen floor materials include vinyl or ceramic tiles, laminate, and polyurethane-coated wood. Vinyl floors are hard-wearing and offer an endless amount of colors and patterns to choose from. They are also reasonably priced, low maintenance and resistant to scuffs and stains. Tile is also durable and allows you to enjoy the variety of sizes, colors and patterns to choose from. Laminate flooring looks much like hardwood flooring, but it offers you the durability and low maintenance associated with vinyl. Hardwood provides many different natural looks and can easily be cleaned with a broom, but wood also requires a certain amount of maintenance.

In addition, concrete and stone flooring offer great benefits which include being the best in radiant heat and creating a warm natural appearance. Both come in many different colors and finishes. Options for stone flooring include granite tile, slate, travertine, or marble. Although concrete and stone flooring offer the most durability and the finest of quality, they also come with a more expensive price tag.

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