Top 3 Kitchen Flooring Options to Consider for Your Remodel
Most of us can agree that your kitchen is a sacred place and can be considered the heart of the home. Homeowners spend significant time cooking and eating meals together in the kitchen with family and friends. All these things make your kitchen important, but shouldn’t your kitchen be functional and aesthetically pleasing?
If you’re researching online, you’re likely seeing how important it is to choose the flooring that works well in kitchens, but you may still be trying to narrow down your options even further.
At Flooring Solutions, it excites us when we get the opportunity to help renovate a kitchen for our clients. There are endless options for design, colors, and styles, but with 15 years in the industry, we’ve found out which floor coverings work best in kitchens and why.
Our goal is to help educate you on the top floors to consider installing in your kitchen so that you can easily see the benefits and take all that research off your plate.
We’ve narrowed down the top 3 kitchen flooring options to install, so you can achieve that functional and beautiful kitchen. After reading this article, you’ll be able to walk away with three solid options so that when it comes time to go to your local showroom, you can confidently ask to view the products you know are right for your project.
Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring in Your Kitchen
We’ve all had to deal with water on our floors at some point. But especially in the kitchen. Water can cause damage to your floors and make them slippery, especially if you have kids or pets running around. Luckily, LVP is waterproof on the surface, making it one of the best flooring types to stand up against spills, pet/kid accidents, and potential leaks.
Vinyl flooring is also a popular option for kitchens due to its affordability and ease of maintenance. Natural hardwood can sometimes be double the cost of an LVP. It’s available in different styles, including those that mimic the look of natural stone, tile, and hardwood, so while you may be renovating a kitchen and feeling the expense of that, your flooring choice can save you money. If you’re on a budget and looking for an easy-to-maintain option, vinyl flooring is worth considering.
If you have pets or children, you’re likely already considering what kind of wear and tear they could put on your kitchen floors. If your kids love playing outside with mud and dirt on their shoes, resilient LVP would be ideal since it will be easy to clean off after playtime. It’s also no secret that pets shed. If your pet sheds regularly, the low-maintenance vibe of vinyl flooring may appeal to you.
Vinyl performs best when installed correctly. If you need more time or don’t have the proper tools to ensure your installation goes smoothly, we highly recommend getting an installation quote from a professional flooring company.
Tile Flooring in Your Kitchen
We all want our kitchens to look the best they can, and you’ve likely got a Pinterest board with dozens of tiled kitchens that look like your “dream kitchen”. Tile is increasingly popular because it can add the wow factor you’ve been looking for. With its sleek design, tile provides kitchens with a classic and luxurious feel.
Tile flooring is popular for kitchens because of its durability and water resistance. It’s easy to clean and comes in various colors and patterns, making it easy to find one that complements your home’s style. Additionally, tile flooring is ideal for homeowners who want a low-maintenance option since it’s resistant to scratches and stains. If one tile gets damaged, it’s easy to replace, so you don’t need to worry about replacing the entire floor.
Tile can be “indestructible” in a sense but not always warm to the foot. Knowing that going into your tile purchase may help you consider if you need a rug or runner in certain areas, like in front of the sink while you wash dishes or near the stove while cooking food.
Laminate Flooring in Your Kitchen
Laminate flooring has come a long way since it was first introduced. As a flooring choice that was once considered a “knock-off,” laminate has become one of the most popular flooring choices – for any room. Laminate flooring is a practical and affordable option for homeowners looking to achieve the look of hardwood or tile without the high cost. Instead of spending between $5-$8 per square foot like natural hardwood flooring, you can expect around $3-$6 per square foot for laminate flooring.
But can laminate go in a kitchen with a water risk? Just like it has come a long way in style, it has also done so in design. Laminate is now designed to be water-resistant and can withstand heavy foot traffic, making it ideal for busy kitchens. Laminate flooring is easy to install and maintain, and it can be an excellent option for homeowners who want a budget-friendly and durable flooring option. You should still be cautious of installing laminate in a highly wet area such as a pool house or kid’s bathroom.
Laminate flooring comes in various styles, colors, and patterns, allowing you to find the perfect look for your kitchen. You can choose from options that mimic the look of natural wood, stone, or tile, or you can opt for a unique pattern to create a statement in your space.
What Flooring is Best For Your Kitchen?
You shouldn’t feel like your dream kitchen is out of reach. After looking at dozens of kitchens online though, it may feel like you’ll forever be in the “research stage”, when all you really want is to make your decision and start your kitchen renovation. But you may still have questions to consider before you’re ready to make your purchase. Do you want an easy, low-maintenance floor, or is the aesthetic appeal more of a priority for your lifestyle? By asking yourself these questions and considering your priorities, you can choose the best flooring for your kitchen.
As we’ve narrowed down the top three kitchen floor types, which flooring are you leaning more towards? Luxury Vinyl Plank, Laminate or Tile, or another flooring option altogether? If you’re still unsure which flooring is right for you, you may be curious about the Pros & Cons of Installing tile in your home, or you may want to compare laminate vs LVP to see which will perform better. If that’s you, we’ve got you covered with these great resources to help you with your research!
Take the first step towards transforming your kitchen by scheduling your free Showroom Design Consultation. Paired with your research and our professional help and advice, you can have a beautiful and functional kitchen that you’ll enjoy for years. You can also look us up on Pinterest for more kitchen flooring ideas!