13 October 2008

Most of our activity in the kitchen is done while standing. Of course all of us would look for something that's easy on legs. A hard surface can be not only hard on the legs, but awfully noisy. Especially, if you wear your shoes.

Kitchen was the busiest spot in the house. We’re all want the floor wears well. That’s why durability and easily maintenance should be consider.

Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to each type of flooring. The key is to weigh the pluses and minuses and choose the material right for your kitchen.

CERAMIC TILE
Advantages :
  • Have lot of pattern and color options.
  • Easy to clean with a damp mop.
Disadvantages :
  • The surrounding grout is difficult to maintain.
  • Ceramic tile can be hard on the legs.
  • Doesn't help with sound control in a kitchen and can be cold underfoot.
LAMINATE
Advantages :
  • Wood impression.
  • Extremely durable and requires little maintenance.
  • Can be put in over an existing floor, making installation a snap.
Disadvantages :
  • Lacks the warmth typically associated with natural wood.
  • Some people may find it noisy.
WOOD
Advantages :
  • Warm underfoot and easy on the legs.
  • Quiet floor option.
  • The maintenance and durability of a wood floor depends greatly on what species of wood is being used and how that wood is finished.
Disadvantages :
  • It may scratch (But wood floors can always be sanded and refinished).
VINYL
Advantages :
  • Vinyl is easy to install.
  • Available in an endless array of colors and patterns.

Disadvantages :

  • The edges can be curl.
GREEN OPTIONS
Linoleum made from linseed oil, cork dust, wood flour, tree resins, ground limestone and pigments, it is environmentally friendly.

Cork flooring made from the bark of cork oak trees, is a harvested resource and therefore also eco-friendly. Available in sheets and tile, cork is soft and warm underfoot and is extremely quiet. Cork can withstand moisture and can be vacuumed and damp mopped. However, deep scratches will permanently damage the floor.

Bamboo provides the look of wood, but is made from bamboo grass, a rapid-renewable resource. Make sure the factory finish is formaldehyde-free.

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