It’s always fun to be nostalgic, especially when it’s with something you love. I have been involved in the flooring industry for many decades and I’ve lived through numerous kitchen floor trends. Take a look with me down memory lane and see if you remember any of these kitchen floor trends.
Let’s start with linoleum flooring. It was the glued down sheet flooring that was in Grandma’s kitchen decades ago. It came in limited colors and patterns.
Another choice back then was VCT or Vinyl Composition Tile – 12×12 squares set with a black adhesive called “cutback.” I’m sure the cutback I used 40 years ago is just about dry by now. These type of tiles required a lot of maintenance and needed to be protected by and additional layer of floor wax.
Next batter, No-Wax tiles. Someone figured out that if they put the wax on each tile, then you wouldn’t have to wax the entire floor. Sound like a good idea? It was, for only a few years.
Wood parquet tiles, glazed Italian quarry tile and vinyl sheet goods also made appearances over the years.
Today’s Kitchen Flooring Trends
Today’s homeowners still have a multitude of stylish and practical choices and new kitchen floor trends.
Loose laid laminate floors allow for installation directly over many existing floors. This cuts out the expense, hassle and mess of pulling up the old floor and installing additional underlayment.
Still near the top of choices in 2013 is natural hardwood. Oak, maple and cherry species top the charts as the long standing favorite. Light color stains are very popular and compliment all decorating styles. There is also engineered hardwood. It’s the little brother to the ¾” thick nail down version measuring in at 3/8”-7/16”. It clicks together and can also be installed directly over a pad type underlayment that softens the step and quiets the floor as well.
Don’t count out porcelain, ceramic and slate when considering a floor that is both durable and easy maintenance. Some of today’s porcelain tiles mimic the look of real wood and compliments any cabinet décor. For these hard tile surfaces make sure you consider under floor heating as well to make your kitchen floor warm in your stocking feet as you get your morning coffee.
As you see there are a wide variety of choices when shopping for your kitchen flooring for customers. Sometimes the choice can be overwhelming so make sure you know your kitchen flooring and provide suggestions to complement the rest of their kitchen design.