There are so many flooring choices available for your kitchen. Engineered flooring, composite flooring, leather flooring, cork flooring, hardwood, ceramic and vinyl all represent viable options. But which floor is the best floor for your kitchen?
The right floor depends on what is important to you.
Hardwood is always beautiful when installed. But it doesn’t react well to water and will show its age over the years. Hardwood Rating: High on short term beauty. Not so high on long-term practicality.
Ceramic is also beautiful but is time-consuming to install and can crack. Grout between the tiles can discolour. And ceramic is also hard on your joints. Joint pain becomes more challenging as we grow older.
Ceramic Rating: High on initial beauty. Not so high on comfort.
Cork and Leather flooring are niche floors that created stir in the design community 10 years ago. They are also beautiful floors but require more care and react more negatively to water than other flooring options. Cork & Leather Rating: High on distinction and originality. Lower on the ease & maintenance scale.
Laminate floors have had their day. Laminates were a great solution 10 years ago but in general are noisy. When water penetrates the core, Laminate floors swell and bubble.
New generation composites (combination of materials) and new generation LVT flooring, (Luxury Vinyl Tile and Planks), are growing very quickly in popularity.
The best new technology floors react well to water, are quiet and comfortable to walk on and stay beautiful over time. They are being embraced by time pressed consumers looking to add more simplicity and peace of mind to their lives. It is now possible to have both beauty and practicality in a floor. These floors are a lifestyle choice. It is choice a growing number of busy people are making.
It is also interesting to note, hotels are also installing new generation LVT because they are both beautiful and forgiving.
Scott Mcgillivray of Income Properties is a proponent of LVT for their beauty and versatility.
‘In fact, new 3D printing technology can visually recreate the grain, tone, and thickness of hardwood so accurately, (vinyl plank flooring) almost looks more real than the real thing. Hardwood flooring has always been the standard when it comes to a classic flooring look, and while specific colours and widths may go in and out of style, the product itself doesn’t. Vinyl is the same, but also lasts longer and with the added bonus of being versatile…’
One of the fastest growing in popularity is Gerflor new generation Vinyl Flooring. Canadian Residential Sales Director, Stephan Brooks says Gerflor Vinyl Flooring has doubled in sales versus the same period last year.
In a survey of Flooring Dealers across Canada, dealers were asked what they liked most about Gerflor Vinyl Flooring. Colors, patterns and quality were the most cited responses.
If new generation Vinyl Flooring makes sense for your kitchen, than Gerflor is worth a look.
Gerflor Vinyl Rating: High on short term and long-term beauty and ease of maintenance. High on thinking differently. Low on availability and awareness. Sold only through a limited network of Specialized Flooring Stores.