Kitchens tend to be the focal point of any home. Meals are prepared and eaten there, children do their homework there, and you might even entertain guests there – so it’s important that your kitchen flooring reflects your style while still preserving its durability. There are a few things to consider when installing a new kitchen floor. What look are you going for? What’s your budget? Do you want style, durability or both? The type of flooring used in your kitchen can completely alter the look, and to the first time remodeler, all these choices can be intimidating.
The truth is, with all these options, there is no one type of flooring that is the best for a kitchen. Sure, there are some that are better than others, but what really matters is if it is right for your kitchen. We’ve spelled out five of our favorite floorings for kitchens and explained why they might be perfect for your home.
- Wood is one of the most common floorings, and quite popular in kitchens. It can come in a variety of stains and tends to add traditional warmness to any kitchen. Wood floorings can even be treated to make them more durable and prevent water stains. One of the best elements of wood flooring is that it is a classic look that will never go out of style. Plus, you can sand it and refinish it to keep it looking fresh.
- Vinyl is ideal for many reasons. It’s perfect for those who cook often, but want floors that are easy to clean. Vinyl floors are completely stain-proof and water resistant, and any spills will wipe off easily. Vinyl also comes in an array of colors and patterns, so it’ll be a breeze to find something you like. Best of all, vinyl is perfect for those who are on a budget. A good quality vinyl should last about 20 years.
- When style is everything, cork might be the right choice for your kitchen. But cork can also be very useful for families with children. It helps absorb sounds, keeping a quieter home, and even absorbs shock, preserving many dropped plates. Best of all, it doesn’t absorb water. Like many other types of flooring, cork needs to be sealed and requires occasional maintenance, but it’s worth it for this style.
4. Porcelain Tile
- Tile can be very versatile, and gives the owner complete control over patterns and color. Like the other floorings, it’s stain resistant and completely waterproof. If you like the ‘natural stone’ look, this can be a more affordable alternative. However, not all porcelain tiles are slip-resistant, so be wary when buying new tile.
- For those who like hardwood floors, laminate can offer a more affordable option. Like wood, laminate flooring comes in a variety of different colors and ‘grains’. They also have varying levels of shine to find what looks best in your kitchen. It is scratch proof, waterproof, and stain-proof. Unlike wood, however, laminate cannot be sanded and refinished, so you’re stuck with the style until it’s replaced.
With all these options, it’s hard to go wrong when choosing a new floor. As you can see, all floorings will have their pros and cons. If you care more about style, you may have to cough up little more money in order to achieve your look. And if you’re more traditional, hardwood or laminate might be the best choice for you. Best of luck in finding your new kitchen flooring!