Ever noticed that most of your kitchen activities are done standing up? This underlines the importance of comfortable flooring. You can install anti-fatigue mats at your kitchen stations, but nothing beats being able to go barefoot without the discomfort in your own kitchen. In today’s post, DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Tyler takes a look at the comfortable flooring materials that you should consider for your next kitchen remodel.
Anyone who’s uncorked a wine bottle or has a corkboard in their office or kitchen can attest to how soft cork is. As a flooring material, it provides superior cushioning that can ease the stress on your legs during long stretches of cooking and cleaning. Cork flooring is available in various colors and grain directions, which gives you more flexibility with your kitchen design. If you are after an eco-friendly renovation, you’ll be glad to know that cork is a sustainable type of wood. It’s important to note that cork requires periodic sealing to maintain its resilience.
Vinyl and similar types of flooring didn’t have the best reputation a few decades ago. At the height of its popularity in the 1960s, homeowners chose vinyl flooring because it stands up to foot traffic well, it’s easy to clean, and it’s affordable. It fell out of favor in the 1980s when it was revealed that many vinyl flooring products contained asbestos. However, asbestos is a thing of the past, thanks to modern manufacturing methods. You can enjoy the same benefits described above without worry. Plus, there is a wide range of new features like cushioning and realistic grain that makes vinyl flooring worth considering for your next kitchen renovation.
Another sustainable wood worthy of consideration is bamboo: it’s lightweight, easy to maintain and works with virtually any wood stain or coating. While technically a grass, bamboo is a naturally flexible material that, when used as a flooring material, creates a cushioning effect without breaking or compromising its durability. It is also naturally insulative, which means you’re less likely to step on a cold kitchen floor in the morning.
Laminate is the most flexible kitchen flooring in both senses of the word. As an engineered wood material, its cushioning ability is controlled during manufacture, which allows consistent comfort across the entire kitchen — or even your whole home, if you choose to do so. Laminate flooring is available in virtually any color, finish and grain imaginable, which allows greater flexibility in your kitchen design.
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