Material MatchmakerSo you’re taking on the task of remodeling your kitchen and have come to the category of floors. How are you supposed to know which type of flooring is right for your home? Read on and let Floor Coverings International Pleasanton and East Bay, CA show you the way!


The typical first response for kitchens is vinyl. Vinyl is an excellent flooring material due to its cost effectiveness and low maintenance upkeep. Spills and messes are easy to clean with vinyl, and are unlikely to damage your floors. Vinyl is an incredibly versatile material. You can create patterns with the many color choices available, or install a floor that mimics the look of other materials using luxury vinyl tile (LVT). While it might not feel the same beneath your feet, you can still have the look of wood or stone at a much cheaper cost if you choose vinyl flooring for your home.

Solid Wood

Hardwood flooring is a look that never goes out of style, so updating your home with hardwoods is always an excellent investment. Depending on whether you want a darker or lighter look for your kitchen floor, you’ll have to also decide on what type of wood you will want to install. However, keep in mind that solid wood has to be taken care of, and it can be slightly more high maintenance than other, synthetic flooring materials. Pet accidents or spills need to be cleaned up right away in order to prevent them from seeping into the wood and damaging the boards. Also keep in mind that animals’ nails and scooting chairs back can cause scratches in the surface of solid wood planks, which will need to be refinished down the line.

Natural Stone

Gaining popularity in the recent years, natural stone flooring can bring an impressive look to your kitchen. Natural stone floors are made up of materials such as travertine, slate, granite, and limestone. Natural stone floors bring a special and unique look to your home, since no two pieces of natural stone are entirely alike, and will feature varied colors, shapes, and textures. Much like solid wood, stone will bring a timeless look to your kitchen, and is sure to add resale value to your home. One consideration to keep in mind though is the price of natural stone flooring. This material is known as a luxury flooring material for a reason, and it’s price reflects that fact. As beautiful as it is, be sure that the installation will fit your budget… since this is not a do-it-yourself project in any way. Instead, leave the installation of a natural stone floor up to the professionals, like Floor Coverings International.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring is a great option if you have a low budget but do not want vinyl. For those of you who have kids, pets, or maybe just a lot of dinner parties, this flooring will work well because it has an internal “wear layer.” This basically means that laminate is resistant to most scratches and shoe scuffs. The best part? You are able to get the wood or stone look without the cost or the worry of installing a pricier, more temperamental floor.

If you are about to start, or are currently building or remodeling a home, give us a shout here at Floor Coverings International of East Bay. We’ll be happy to help you with your flooring needs!

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