What’s the most popular flooring for kitchens and bathrooms?
There’s no denying that the quality of your interior finishes for your custom home or home renovation has a significant impact on the look and atmosphere of its style.
As a custom home builder, we’re dedicated to helping you make choices that are timeless, durable and affordable.
So that you can enjoy your home for decades — and don’t feel the need to do a renovation 10 years later. Choosing quality materials is key.
So, what are the most popular flooring for kitchens and bathrooms?
With kitchens and bathrooms being busy, high-traffic rooms, here are the most popular materials for flooring. Remember, whatever option you choose to go with, safety should come first. Flooring in these rooms needs to be non-slip and easy to clean. Without sacrificing beauty.
Vinyl is one of the most affordable flooring options available. Since it’s a man-made, manufactured material it’s completely water and stain resistant. It’s easy to clean. And simple to sweep to remove dust and debris.
Today’s luxury vinyl flooring is made of much higher quality material than what existed decades ago. Today’s patterns and textures mimic the look of other materials such as wood and stone with remarkable accuracy.
Ceramic and porcelain tile
Ceramic tile is extremely durable and easy to keep clean — including the new stain-resistant grouts that are available.
Additionally, Ceramic is also an inexpensive option. Made from clay, sand, and water, this material is molded into shape. Then baked to remove the moisture.
Due to the higher moisture content in ceramic tile, it should only be used indoors. The reason is that ceramic tile is more susceptible to freezing and thaw-related weather cracks.
Porcelain tile comes from dense forms of clay (compared to ceramic). Since it’s less porous it’s more durable.
Porcelain can be used for both indoors and outdoors. It won’t crack as easily in colder climates as ceramic tile does. And it also generally lasts longer than ceramic in pretty much every application. Lastly, it easily withstands high foot traffic and increased levels of wear and tear.
Since ceramic and porcelain tiles both come in endless shapes, sizes, colours and patterns. You can create any look or style you want in your kitchen or bathroom. From farmhouse vintage to modern sleek simplicity. There are tiles and pattern combinations to suit any style.
Whenever you’re incorporating natural materials into your custom home or renovation, they usually give a luxurious look to the space. The most popular natural stone options for kitchens and bathrooms are marble, granite, slate, travertine and sandstone.
It’s important to note that natural stone is porous. Which makes it susceptible to water and stains. You’ll have to seal the stone on an annual basis depending on how much how much foot traffic it gets.
Additionally, a super-absorbent stone can be prone to cracking and damage in freezing cold conditions. Certain stones are also more porous and susceptible to water damage than others. So make sure you choose the right stone for your space.
Consider the quality of materials
Whenever you’re sourcing natural stone materials, some retailers might use a grading system to rate the quality of materials. This grading system is often dependent on size, shape and thickness of the material as well as the condition of its surface.
- Grade 1: refers to high-quality, uniform materials.
- Grade 2: might have some minor defects done to the stone like chips, scratches or irregular surfaces.
- Grade 3: will likely have major flaws in size, shape and surface. These are only going to work as accent pieces as part of a decorative application.
Ultimately, choosing the right materials for your kitchen and bathroom is an important process and selecting your finishes. Which usually means that your end goal for your dream home is likely in sight.
Whether your design taste is modern and sleek, or you prefer a more traditional or natural look, work with an experienced and professional home builder and a talented interior designer to help make a choice that’s both practical and attractive — but also has a timelessness. That way as décor trends change throughout the years, your floor will still look good and complement any new interior design trends.