Kitchen Flooring:

Ask anyone who loves to cook and one of the first things they will mention is that it can be hard on the body. Standing on an unforgiving kitchen floor can be painful for your feet, legs and back. It is no wonder that in professional kitchens you will almost always find a resilient material in every work area to cushion one’s step, reduce the chances of slipping, and minimize shattering of cookware.

Because aesthetics play such an important role in choosing the flooring that you will find in a residential kitchen design, the type of hard surface chosen must be thoughtfully matched with the sub-flooring.

Wood Flooring:

The use of wood flooring in a kitchen is very popular because it is warm on the feet and more forgiving than ceramic tile, natural stone or composite materials. As part of a larger family room/kitchen combined space, the use of wood also provides visual continuity that can bridge two large areas.

The price for wood flooring will depend on the type and finish desired. For those interested in building “green”, there are ever-more green choices, such as bamboo, available for purchase. Wood is, however, prone to scratches, dings, dents and discoloration from water. While it can be sanded and refinished, it can wear quickly in high traffic areas. We recommend asking the contractor to use a matte finish to minimize the visible scratches, and to put on three layers of finish.

Natural Stone:

In many of the toniest homes along the North Shore of Chicago you will find natural stones such as Jerusalem limestone, slate, granite, limestone and travertine serving as flooring. Natural stone is classic and beautiful. Depending on various tile or slab sizes, book matching, or mosaic inlays or focal points, it can also be potentially expensive.

While virtually indestructible, some natural stones are prone to staining, and grout lines, if any, may accumulate and hold dirt and oil. Stone floors are also tough on the body, so emphatic home chefs often have a runner, rug or mat pulled from the closet as a temporary way to soften their step.

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