The kitchen has become the hub of the modern home, not just a cook space but a gathering place for family and friends. With all that goes on in today’s kitchen, it’s crucial that the floor can withstand high foot traffic as well as the all the inevitable spills and spatters. It also has to suit your personal style and fit within your budget. Read on for the most important attributes in a kitchen floor and which of options fit the bill.
- Durability: To withstand frequent spills without staining, and to survive dropped skillets without damage, choose flooring that’s tough enough to survive your lifestyle.
- Water-resistance: Your kitchen is a “semi-wet” room, so the flooring you choose should not be damaged by the occasional spilled glass of juice.
- Scrubbable: Messes always seem to end up underfoot, so the best kitchen flooring is one that’s easy to keep clean.
- Design-friendly: When all is said and done, you want your kitchen to look just as good as the rest of your home. With today’s flooring options, you can have an attractive kitchen floor that’s resilient to boot.
Simply put, hardwood floors are gorgeous. While a more expensive option, hardwood floors add a lot of style to your kitchen. Just be sure to choose a hardwood flooring option that is hard enough to withstand heavy foot traffic. You’ll also want to make sure your hardwood is properly sealed and finished by a flooring expert to protect it from spills.
Porcelain or ceramic tile is a solid, stylish, and sturdy flooring option that can stand up to the messes and tests of almost any kitchen. They’ll stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter, making your kitchen a more comfortable space to cook year-round; however, they can scratch and crack if not your tile choice is too soft.
In many ways, vinyl is one of the top price performers when it comes to kitchen flooring. It is affordable to buy and less labor-intensive for a flooring expert to install. It’s very durable and is 100% waterproof, making it ideal for kitchens with lots of spills (read: lots of little ones). Plus, certain luxury vinyl types can mimic more expensive flooring options like hardwood or ceramic tile, adding a lot of style for less of your budget.
Did you know? While DIY-ing flooring installs sounds like a thrifty idea, you can actually void your flooring material’s warranty with an improper installation, meaning you’ll have to re-purchase all your flooring material and start from scratch. When considering a kitchen remodel, make sure to contact our expert flooring professionals to handle your installation.