Without doubt the kitchen is one of the most heavily used rooms in the the home. You probably prepare and cook food there but you may also do a host of other things that could damage, stain or wear out the flooring of your kitchen. For instance you may have your washing machine in the kitchen so that water may get on the floor. Maybe you feed your pets in the kitchen. Maybe you have a breakfast bar or table in the kitchen where you take breakfast each morning. This all adds up to wear and tear over the years. Thus kitchens have traditionally used durable flooring materials like stone or replaceable materials like linoleum. A new material that ticks both of these boxes is vinyl plank flooring. This article will discuss some of the benefits of using vinyl plank flooring in your kitchen.
Vinyl plank flooring is an increasingly popular alternative for durable, easy to install flooring for professional house builders and home renovators alike. Part of the reason for this is that it has all the qualities that rooms like the kitchen need and it is reasonably priced by comparison to other materials.
The first quality worth pointing out is the resilience of the material. It is renowned for it’s spring back ability. Thus if heavy objects like kitchen white goods have been placed on it for any length of time the flooring will not look buckled or bumpy when the appliance is moved. This helps to keep the kitchen looking new should you decide to change the layout of the kitchen.
Another quality of vinyl plank flooring is that it doesn’t absorb liquid or stains. It is treated to be liquid resistant. So if you were to drop a plate of food on the floor accidentally it would be relatively straightforward to clean it up without worrying about ruining the floor. Simply clear away the food and wipe the floor clean. No marks or stains would result and the flooring would look as before. This is a great time saver in accidental situation like the one above but also helps to keep the time to maintenance the kitchen to a minimum. There is no meed for floor polish or waxes. A simple broom and mop will do the job and keep your flooring looking clean.
Vinyl plank flooring is noted for it’s durability. It will last the lifetime of the kitchen and outlast many of the white goods and appliances that may populate your kitchen. If anything you will probably outgrow the flooring style before it actually wears out. So if you don’t want to be changing your kitchen flooring because it is looking worn out or stained then vinyl plank flooring is a good option to go for and represents a good return on your money. The flooring is also easy to maintain in order to prolong the life of the flooring. Simply clean the surface and that’s it.
Another positive of vinyl flooring is that it can be made to look like other materials. Only by touching the surface will you realize that it is actually vinyl and not marble or some kind of hard wood. It can even be made to look like an elaborately patterned tiling can be made to look like many other more exotic materials like marble and certain wood types. Given that it will be considerably less than than marble in terms of cost, this could be an option for someone that wants the look of luxury without the price.