Tile is one of the most popular kitchen flooring materials, but there are many other options that are just as durable and beautiful. New, sleek flooring is a way to take your kitchen from dull to extraordinary! If you’re looking to update your kitchen, read below for experts at Floor Coverings International Orange County NY’s 3 favorite tile flooring alternatives that are durable, low maintenance, and stylish.
One of the biggest benefits of cork in comparison to tile is the cushion it provides for standing. This makes doing dishes or cooking for long periods of time a bit more comfortable. Cork has a unique texture and is a natural insulator for both noise and temperature. It’s naturally anti-microbial which helps to repel pests, and is also eco-friendly. Cork can be painted, stained, or left in its natural state. Some cork options can be sanded and refinished a few times like hardwood to get rid of any dents or scratches. Our trained installers will use a durable finish that helps to repel moisture.
If you want the look of hardwood, laminate is a great alternative! Unlike solid hardwood, laminate is more water resistant but still has the beautiful look of wood. It is made from particle board that is then topped with a photo image of whatever wood you’re trying to imitate. Padding can also be installed underneath to provide more comfort. Unlike hardwood, it cannot be sanded and refinished, but is very durable and will hold up well to wear and tear.
Stone is a great way to add a natural and unique look to your kitchen. While stone does come in tiles, it’s an alternative to the classic porcelain or ceramic tile that can be found in most kitchens. There are tons of different types of stone available, such as travertine, slate, marble, or granite. Natural stones vary in color and pattern, giving you a floor that is unique to your home. While stone is cool to the step, perfect for the hotter months, under floor radiant heating can be installed to keep your feet warm during the winter.
At Floor Coverings International Orange County NY we are ready to get to work with you on your new kitchen flooring project! Give us a call today to schedule your free in-home design consultation. We proudly serve the greater Orange County, Middletown, Goshen, and Warwick areas.
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