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When it comes to kitchen renovations, one of the most popular aspects of a remodeling job is the kitchen floor. As the top Cambridge kitchen remodelers in the Boston, MA area, we have seen and done just about every type of kitchen remodel imaginable when it comes to flooring. Of all the home's features that are both structural and decorative, kitchen flooring has perhaps the most difficult job. I endures years of use and abuse, yet it is expected to last a lifetime while keeping up appearances and dealing with harsh Cambridge winters.
For this reason selecting kitchen flooring in Cambridge involves many considerations: durability, looks, maintenance requirements, cost, and ease of installation, to name a few. Because kitchen flooring needs to perform various functions and may extend into other areas of the home, materials choices also tend to vary. For example, though stone and tile are popular for areas that receive heavy use and are exposed to moisture, such as an entry, these very hard materials can take a toll on your legs and back after long periods of standing. So more forgiving yet waterproof materials, such as vinyl and cork, are often chosen for kitchens, baths and play areas. Hardwood can be used nearly anywhere, but because it requires greater maintenance and is more susceptible to moisture and damage, it is usually reserved for rooms that receive less rigorous use.
Before any type of finish flooring is installed, your kitchen remodeling contractors should thoroughly inspect the substrate it will be applied over, as well as the support framing below. The new materials should be installed on a base that is free of moisture, is in sound condition and is flat, smooth and strong enough to support them. A sturdy kitchen subfloor after a remodel is especially important for rigid materials like renovated ceramic tile that can't flex. During a kitchen renovation, installing a new material will affect the finished height of the floor. Wood flooring is thicker than resilient and most engineered wood flooring, tile can vary widely by type, and carpeting comes in many thicknesses and is generally not a popular choice for homeowners to install in their kitchen during a remodel. If you lay a new floor atop an old one, you add even more height to the area. Consider a dark wood threshold, which creates a smooth transition from carpet to a slightly higher tumbled marble floor in the kitchen area. No matter what your remodeling needs are, we specialize in all manner of custom kitchen development and can help assist you every step of the way! We have dozens of satisfied references from homeowners across Cambridge, MA and would love to earn your business through hard work and consistency.
Though there are many kinds of kitchen flooring options, for the sake of discussion, they can be grouped into a few key categories: wood, resilient, tile, decorative concrete, and carpet. We specialize in cabinets as well so don't hesitate to ask us for help with any kitchen projects.
More Kitchen-Dining Room Ideas
Making cooking and dining zones work effectively both on their own and together is a hard task. The key is a cohesive decor that doesn't compromise the needs of either area.
- If you have knocked a kitchen through into an adjacent dining room, you don't need to make the new space completely open plan. Take down just part of the dividing wall for a connection that doesn't lose the sense of the two individual zones.
- Go for a unified decorative scheme. A squeaky-clean white kitchen flowing into a rich red dining room will look disjointed, so try keeping the furniture distinct, but use the same flooring or wall coloring for both spaces.
- Make the place as practical as you can. Traditional heavy dining room furniture won't work once the room has been incorporated into the kitchen. Simple, streamlined pieces throughout at the best bet.