When designing your custom-built home from Stellar Homes, it’s important to give extra consideration to your kitchen. After all, it’s the most important room! We’ll cover the materials you’ll want to consider for low-maintenance kitchen floors. And we’ll also talk about why you might want to consider an alternative to hardwood floors!
Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about low-maintenance kitchen floors! And when you’re ready to plan your next dream home, contact us here.
The kitchen is often the center of the home. It’s where food is made for celebrations. And it’s also where people gather to socialize, eat, and have fun. With all this extra traffic, your kitchen floors receive a lot of additional wear and tear.
Think of it– not only are there more people here than in other shared rooms, but there are also spills and drops and all the other messes that kitchens are familiar with.
That’s why the material you choose for your kitchen floor must be able to withstand all the weathering of day-to-day life. It must be easy to clean and difficult to damage. With less time spent maintaining your floors, you’ll have time for the more important activities.
After all, it isn’t clean floors that bring people together: it’s the food you make in the kitchen that will keep people coming back!
With all the access to modern home-building materials, homeowners have more choices than ever! It can be overwhelming to make the right decisions for your home, so we’ll cover what we consider to be the best low-maintenance materials for your kitchen floor.
And if you’re looking for the hottest interior design trends of 2022, check out our article here!
In the past few decades, vinyl appeared as a new surface covering. It is a man-made material that’s similar to plastic and has many of the same resistant properties.
This makes it a fantastic choice for kitchen floors, as almost all slips and spills can be easily managed. You won’t have to worry that much about scratches and dents either!
So if you’re looking for flooring material and don’t mind the artificial look, vinyl is the best choice for you!
When it comes to natural stone, you’ll have more than one option available– or even multiple stones for a single floor plan. That also means that different stones have different properties: colours, density, and texture. For example, marble and onyx are soft stones that are easily damaged and stained. Therefore, with natural stone, you have many options to choose from to meet your needs and your style.
The best natural stone floors are also low maintenance. When it comes to durability, there’s nothing better than slate or granite. They are very hard stones that are nearly impervious to water damage with proper sealing. And even better, they resist scratches and dent better than other stone materials.
Slate and granite also have many different colour options for you to choose from. So even though durability limits us to two materials, there’s still a large variety to work with.
Reminder! Natural stone floors must be sealed from time to time as all stones, even the most durable, are porous.
Nearly everyone is familiar with linoleum flooring, and there’s a reason for that. It’s low maintenance, easy to care for, and very resistant to daily wear and tear. The material is manufactured from linseed oil, making it all-natural and biodegradable. For homeowners who want to use sustainable materials while also not sacrificing durability, linoleum is the best choice.
Modern improvements to formula and manufacturing have largely dealt with historical problems, where linoleum would underperform in moist environments. Nowadays, linoleum is as tough as artificial materials!
Are you trying to get the look and feel of natural stone with added benefits and a reduced cost? Then ceramic flooring is the best option for you. With this material, cleaning can be done easily and you don’t have to worry about stains or damage. And a bonus– you don’t need to seal ceramic flooring as you do with stone flooring.
Ever more popular, concrete is popping up in kitchen designs more and more. What used to feel like a material reserved for commercial or industrial buildings, concrete has many benefits for homes. It is very easy to maintain a concrete floor due to its durability. It’s very resistant to chips and scratches, and it’s very easy to repair if these ever do occur.
The only problem with concrete flooring is that the material is permeable. So if liquids spill, they can seep into the material. But all that means is that you have to seal concrete floors as you do with stone floors. So aside from reapplying a sealant, concrete floors are very low-maintenance.
Just like stone and concrete flooring, brick is a material that is hard and durable. But like the other materials, it also needs a sealant to prevent moisture damage. However, once sealed, brick flooring is one of the most low-maintenance flooring materials. It’s also a fantastic material to accent your kitchen!
Hardwood flooring is probably the most popular and sought-after design– and for good reason! Natural hardwood flooring is beautiful and versatile. It’s also durable, although we’ll get to the nuance of this fact in a bit. Hardwood has a unique effect, especially in kitchens. It’s warm and reflects light, and it’s soft to walk on.
Now for the cons. Unfortunately, despite the beauty and versatility of hardwood floors, they have specific issues. First, hardwood floors require a lot of maintenance. From sanding to polishing and sealing, it’s true that beauty takes hard work! And unfortunately, hardwood floors are susceptible to water damage.
And not to mention, they are one of the most expensive options available. But if you don’t mind the price and the maintenance they require, hardwood floors make a warm and inviting kitchen.
Stellar Homes Inc is a family-owned and operated business that specializes in luxurious custom-built homes. Building and renovating homes in the GTA since 1999, we have the expertise to give you the home of your dreams.
And when it comes to kitchens, we understand style and utility. You can take a look at our gallery to see how we prioritize this space. So get in touch with your questions, and we’ll get started with a plan right away!