Kitchen Flooring Options – Hardwood or Tile?

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Kitchen Flooring – Tile or Hardwood

One of the questions I get quite often is “what flooring is best for my kitchen?”  Let me begin by stating that there isn’t a definitive answer to that question. Each has its pros and cons.

What flooring is in the adjacent spaces? If the other spaces are hardwood and you want to have an open concept kitchen then hardwood may be a good choice. If you want to have no thresholds or step ups than keeping the same flooring would be the less expensive option. Although keeping a level transition is possible it requires extra work/materials and a little thought to get it just right.

Pros and Cons

Alexandria_Kitchen_1-AltWhat I like about hardwood floors:

  • Great for walking barefoot, warm.
  • Attractive, great with open concept homes.
  • Won’t break when a cast iron pot is dropped on it. Drop a glass on a wood floor you have a good chance of not braking it as well.

What I dislike about hardwood floors:

  • Hard to keep clean in a busy kitchen. I have a hardwood floor in my kitchen and I constantly battle water drips, etc.

What I like about tile floors:Clifton_Traditional_10

  • Easy to clean.
  • A well done natural stone floor is beautiful.

What I dislike about tile floors:

  • Cold with bare feet. (Can get a heated floor but more $).
  • Usually have a height difference with other floor types. (Tile requires 1 ¼” minimum of subfloor to prevent cracking etc.)
  • Usually more expensive than tile.

Hopefully this will help you make a decision on what flooring you’d like in your kitchen!




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