Types of Flooring for a Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen floors receive a lot of wear and abuse, so the flooring material you select for a kitchen renovation needs to be both durable and water resistant. Ceramic tile is the most popular choice for a kitchen floor, since it meets both criteria, but there are other options as well.

  • Ceramic Tile Flooring: Resistant to both wear and spills, ceramic tile’s only real drawback is that it can be hard on your feet as well. Tile can be installed parallel to the wall or at a 45° angle. While the latter offers a more unique look, it’s a more expensive option due to the extra labor and waste involved.
  • Hardwood Flooring:. Wood flooring isn’t as durable as tile but is beautiful to look at and easier on your feet. Since wood flooring is susceptible to wear, it’s a good idea to use throw rugs in areas that receive a lot of traffic. Prefinished engineered wood flooring may hold up better than solid hardwood.
  • Laminate Flooring: The look of a hardwood floor can also be achieved through laminate flooring, but make sure the laminate flooring you choose is warrantied for high moisture areas.

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    Thomas Boni Says:
    July 26th, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Hi, Kathlyne!
    Moving these appliances can damage the ceramic tile if you don’t have a plan in place. First, check to see if the appliances have wheels. If they do, you can lay cardboard on the floor and very slowly move the appliances onto the cardboard (never touching the tiles, to help prevent digging into grout lines and compromising the tiles’ position).

    If they don’t have wheels, you can attempt to move the appliances with a dolly, but again, the dolly must roll over cardboard and never touch the tiles.

    Both methods are risky, so proceed with caution.

    Also, this assumes the tiles were laid several years ago. We don’t recommend moving the appliances over freshly placed tiles.

    Thanks for your question!

  • Kathlyne Rog Says:
    July 12th, 2018 at 11:50 am

    I would like to install ceramic tile in my kitchen. Both my washer and dryer, as well as my stove and refrigerator, are in the kitchen. Will the movement of the washer and dryer damage the ceramic tile?

    Thank you.

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Types of Flooring for a Kitchen Renovation