A Guide to Kitchen Flooring
The kitchen is the perfect place for family and friends to come together to prepare and enjoy meals, but sometimes that can cause more wear and tear on a kitchen floor. So, before you choose a new floor for this room, think about your lifestyle as well as the look and functionality you want your kitchen to have.
Do you have children who may cause frequent spills or messes? You might want to go with a more water-resistant option. Do you spend a lot of time cooking? Comfort would be an important factor. Do you plan to entertain guests in your kitchen/dining space more than other areas of your home? You’ll want to look for durability and a nice design.
Determine what is most important to you, and see which options we recommend.
If you’re looking for durability
Hardwood flooring may be the way to go. It’s made in solid wood strips, or engineered wood planks. Engineered can be a more practical option for the kitchen specifically because it’s less likely to warp over time.
Tile also offers the high durability you’re looking for. For example, porcelain tile’s durability makes it one of the toughest flooring options, and travertine tile is a great choice for high-traffic kitchens. Other options include ceramic and slate.
Vinyl comes with a wear layer that can help withstand wear and tear for more long-lasting flooring. Most wear layers last 10–15 years, and some brands can last up to 20.
If you’re looking for low maintenance
Many flooring options, including prefinished hardwood, engineered wood, vinyl, and porcelain and travertine tile, require minimal upkeep including occasional sweeping and mopping. Travertine will require annual sealing.
If you’re looking for ergonomics
Vinyl flooring is one of the more comfortable options that’s easier on your feet. Cushioned vinyl is backed by foam, while standard vinyl uses a felt backing.
Cork is more unique, soft and eco-friendly than other types of flooring. It’s made from tree bark and has a compressible cellular structure.
Similar to cork, rubber and bamboo are also eco-friendly, recyclable, and offer extra cushion underfoot.
If you’re looking for slip, stain and water resistance
There are many kinds of tile that could fit your needs. If you choose to go with porcelain tile, make sure it’s certified as slip resistant by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Vinyl flooring is both stain proof and waterproof, but should be installed, bonded and sealed properly to ensure seams do not allow dirt or water in between. Different textures are also available to add slip resistance.
If you like the look of wood flooring, choose prefinished hardwood or engineered wood to increase water resistance, or place a rug in areas that are susceptible to spills.
Cork’s natural texture offers great slip resistance, but should be resealed with natural wax or polyurethane every three to four years to prevent scratches and moisture in its seams.
If you’re looking for cost:
Vinyl: $1 to $5 per sq. ft.
Cork: $2 to $6 per sq. ft.
Tile: $1 – $8 per sq. ft.
Bamboo: $5 – $7 per sq. ft.
Hardwood: $3 to $12 per sq. ft.
If you’re looking for style:
Explore your options! There are endless possibilities to choose a kitchen floor that will fit your style, and your lifestyle.
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