If you are planning a kitchen remodel and would like to redo your floors to achieve better functionality or style, you may be scratching your head wondering which flooring option would be best for your new kitchen. And with the vast amount of flooring options on the market, it can be difficult to choose — especially if you find that your knowledge about the topic is limited.
We’ve written this article to help close your flooring knowledge gap so that you can confidently choose the best flooring for your kitchen.
To know which kitchen floors would best suit your home, it is important to understand the different types of flooring as well as some of the implications that come with each.
Listed below are six of the most common kitchen flooring types as well as a brief overview of each. This will help you understand the look, texture, and strong points of each flooring type so that you are able to decide which would be the best fit for your kitchen floor.
One of the simplest as well as most affordable kitchen flooring options, concrete provides your kitchen with a neutral, clean aesthetic. You may choose to have your concrete kitchen floor (1) sealed for a modern look, or can even have your concrete floor stamped to create a tile, wood, or stone look. The cost of concrete kitchen flooring runs between $2 and $8 per square foot and stylistically is extremely versatile.
Perhaps the main challenge of having a concrete floor installed in your kitchen is the constant cold, hard surface, which some may find less comfortable to walk on.
Tile flooring comes in a huge range of styles, prices, and materials. Price wise, tile can be anywhere from $5 to $50 per square foot — price will depend heavily on the type of material that your tile is (tile floors are typically made from materials such as natural stone, porcelain, and ceramic).
Tile is extremely resistant to scratching as well as fading, making it a good long-term flooring option. These kinds of floors are also fairly easy to clean and maintain, making them ideal for kitchen areas where food is handled and prepared.
The main challenge with having tile floors in your kitchen comes in the form of grout. Tile grout can be stained and is challenging to clean if you’ve never had experience with tile floors before. If you are having tile floors installed in your kitchen make sure that you do an adequate amount of research on what type of grout is best as well as simple hacks for cleaning and maintaining grout — this will save you a lot of headache as well as future expenses.
One pro-tip when deciding on tile floors, make sure to choose tile grout that includes glass or quartz as these tend to last longer and are easier to maintain.
Vinyl flooring allows you to mimic the natural look of hardwood or stone at a fraction of the price. Generally, vinyl floors run between $2 and $8 per square foot and make an excellent kitchen flooring option due to their durability, ease of maintenance, and softness. Vinyl floors are a good choice for any kitchen because they are soft to walk and stand on, meaning that you can cook and clean with ease. If your kitchen floor experiences a lot of spills, then vinyl might be the best flooring for your kitchen.
Versatility wise, laminate kitchen flooring is a wonderful option. Deciding to go with laminate floors in your kitchen will give you a wide range of colors, textures, and styles to choose from. Laminate is also very affordable, comfortable underfoot, and easy to install. If you are hoping for a short kitchen renovation that yields instant, satisfactory results, laminate flooring is most likely the way to go.
Something to consider about laminate flooring, however, is that it may dent easily. This means that you should avoid dragging, moving or dropping objects on your laminate kitchen floor as this could damage the laminate.
Though the most expensive type of kitchen flooring, hardwood floors are still in high-demand among homeowners due to their classic look and potential resale value. Hardwood floors can be stained to match your aesthetic preferences for your kitchen and have the benefit of being able to be re-stained should you decide in the future that you would like to change the color.
Unfortunately, although highly durable, hardwood floors are not impervious to damage and scratching — for this reason, you will want to avoid dragging heavy objects over your hardwood floor.
This type of flooring is made by compressing several types of wood together and finishing the top with a wood veneer. Although much less expensive than traditional hardwood flooring, engineered hardwood flooring offers similar results — both aesthetically and durability wise, making it an excellent option for homeowners who love the natural look and feel of wood but can’t afford the price tag of classic hardwood.
In contrast to the minimum $30 per square foot for traditional hardwood flooring, engineered hardwood flooring will run you between $7 and $12 per square foot and offers the benefit of being more resistant to damage than classic hardwood.
Has this article helped you decide on the best kitchen flooring for your home? To schedule a free consultation, or to ask any questions, contact Carpet To Go today! Our flooring experts are more than happy to help you figure out what is the best kitchen flooring for your home.