Published on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
Today, there are countless flooring options to choose from. Eco-friendly natural stone and bamboo, to cork and concrete, it can be overwhelming to decide which floor for your kitchen is the best option for your lifestyle. What may help is knowing what the most popular kitchen flooring is for 2019, and which ones are on the track to going out of style in the next 5 years.
First on our list is our most practical trend for 2019, engineered hardwood. Gracefully stealing last year’s spot at number one: traditional hardwood. Engineered hardwood stands up to moisture and resists humidity much better than hardwood and unlike solid hardwood, you can float, stable or glue engineered wood. For those DIY warriors, you can even find planks with locking mechanisms. On top of that, engineered hardwood stands up to heat better since the planks don’t expand and contract as much as solid hardwood planks do.
Let’s face it, the natural wood look will never go out of style. What changes is how it’s made, causing your “wood floor” more beautiful and more durable.
Guess what? The resale market makes zero distinction between engineered hardwood and solid hardwood, and despite the myth, you can refinish engineered hardwood. Just be sure your flooring pro knows your floor’s specifications and refinishing history before beginning, as the top layer determines how many refinishing sessions can be handled before wearing too thin. An engineered floor with a 3-millimeter top can handle two refinishing sittings and thicker top layers can be sanded just like hardwood, allowing you to erase deeper scratches and dents.
Throughout the entirety of the home, natural, recycled and materials obtained from sustainable sources are rising in the most popular kitchen flooring trends. Bamboo trees grow at a faster rate than others, allowing them to be used to make flooring without harming the environment in a drastic way. As it’s a natural material, it’s warm underfoot and it’s warm in color too. Bamboo is impressively strong, making it a great material for kitchen flooring as it can withstand the everyday use and abuse that a kitchen floor is subjected too.
You’ll be happy to know the chemicals used to treat bamboo flooring makes digestion impossible for termites. If they try to chew on your flooring, they’ll starve to death. Bamboo is also inhospitable to dust mites, repels dust and pollen, and resists mold and mildew.
Yes, you can refinish bamboo! If your flooring only shows minor surface scratches, you can use a refinishing pen or crayon. Although, the effects aren’t permanent – every few months you’ll need to re-apply the wax. Even if your floor has excessive signs of wear, you can sand and refinish it. However, the process is tedious, and you must be careful not to dig into the top layer while sanding. It may be a good idea to hire a flooring professional for this task.
Next, on our most popular kitchen flooring list is, believe it or not, cork. It’s about as green as it gets. Harvesting doesn’t damage trees, very little goes to waste, and it doesn’t release gases like many other types of flooring. While cork isn’t as popular as engineered hardwood or bamboo, it’s on the rise for green homes.
Cork is actually soft underfoot. It contains 40 million air-filled cells per cubic centimeter, making it impressively shock-absorbent, making for a great sound barrier as well. When the cork is compressed, it flexes and returns to its original shape. If you suffer from leg or back pain, cork flooring can relieve the pressure on your joints as you walk and can make standing for long periods of time a bit easier on your spine. Cork handles every day wear much better than hardwood, therefore, in turn, it is susceptible to dents. Using protection under any large piece of furniture will prevent your cork from sagging.
As with any natural material, cork is not flawless. Solid cork can be sanded and re-stained by using a palm sander and fine grit paper, then applying a new coat of stain. Although, if you have cork veneer or composite, don’t sand it! You’ll damage the flooring. Instead, use a thick wax and sealer to buff away scratches and restore the natural beauty of your cork flooring.
Natural stone offers elegant and unquestionable beauty to your home, inside or out. The 4 most popular natural stone kitchen tiles are marble, slate, travertine, and granite, and because of their unique individual beauty, no two floors will be the same. Each type of natural stone flooring reap their own benefits, but overall, stone flooring is eco-friendly, great for any room inside or outside of the house, and most can withstand normal wear and tear.
Natural stone is a classic for kitchen flooring, easily landing on our list of most popular kitchen flooring options. It’s cold to the touch even in the high heat of summer, and absorbs heat, even in the coldest part of winter. It’s not slippery like ceramic or other materials, making it a great option for homes with children and pets, and can add significant value to your home.
Luckily, natural stone can be repolished if scratches should occur. It’s not an easy task, depending on which natural stone you chose, you will need tools such as a hand buffer and a wet vacuum. It may be best to hire a professional to ensure you restore that factory shine.
It’s tough to even call tile a trend because it’s been a flooring stable for years. As technology improves, so does flooring, and we now have the ability to achieve virtually any look with any type of flooring. The wood-like tile kitchen flooring trend is on fire right now. Tile manufacturers are keeping up with the trends of contemporary wood and stone, which means you can have the contemporary kitchen of your dreams with reliable tile flooring.
Having a hard protective top layer that makes the tiles impervious to water and most stains, tile naturally resists the ravages of high humidity conditions, making it a very popular choice for kitchen flooring. This fact makes tiles very easy to clean dirt, stains, and liquids because they all rest on the surface, allowing you to easily wipe or mop them away. If set-in stains do occur, you can use most heavy duty cleaners without having to worry about damaging the material.
A constant within these trends are eco-friendly, anti-allergen flooring options, and engineered alternatives. We live in an innovative world that enables us to express our aesthetic and allow for increasing value within our homes. There is plenty of different, unique options trending that will likely stick around for years to come, which means your possibilities are endless. If you’re looking to get started with new trendy kitchen flooring ideas, you can visit our showroom.