Everyone knows the kitchen quickly becomes the most popular room in your home when you're entertaining and gathering for a meal. When it comes time to choose a flooring option for your kitchen, your choices are many. From durable and stylish tile to the beauty of hardwood, to the simplicity of vinyl, you can find a kitchen floor option that meets your practical needs and interior decorating preferences.
A popular choice for kitchen flooring, tile flooring's main benefits in the kitchen are its durability and resistance to moisture and seasonal expansion. In the kitchen, floor design applications abound with nearly unlimited combinations of tile sizes, colors, textures, shapes, and design options that can be accentuated in other areas of the kitchen such as countertops and back-splashes.
Long a decorating favorite, hardwood flooring for the kitchen creates a warm and inviting space while providing a surface that is easier on the legs than tile. A premium choice for kitchens, hardwood floors can add value to your home through their longevity and beauty. Over the years, hardwood floor options have increased greatly leading to more affordable styles that don’t sacrifice quality. When choosing a wood floor style, be sure to consider the moisture and humidity levels in your area.
If you’re looking for the beauty of hardwood without the maintenance and at a lower cost, installing laminate floors in your kitchen may be your best option. Laminate flooring is factory-finished and can be installed over an existing floor, so one of its main benefits is the ease of installation. People are also drawn to laminate's ease of maintenance and moisture and scratch resistant properties.
Custom vinyl flooring for the kitchen is not just for the budget-minded homeowner. While it is the most inexpensive option for the kitchen, the quality grades, available colors and patterns, and realistic looking styles have given vinyl new life as a kitchen remodeling option. Often referred to as “resilient flooring,” vinyl flooring is very resistant to heat, stains, and water damage. Heavy traffic is no match for vinyl floors which hold up to years of heavy use.
Before You Buy
Visit your local flooring center to evaluate all the flooring options available for your kitchen remodeling project. Before you go, make a list of your interior design preferences, practical needs, and budgetary considerations so your flooring consultant can save you time by directing you to the best kitchen flooring options for your kitchen remodeling project.