As one of the most trafficked rooms in the home, kitchens simply need to have a resilient floor that can live up to the family’s lifestyle. However, functional flooring does not have to lack beauty and style, as many of today’s innovative options can handle those cooking accidents, spills and hold up to heavy use. Let’s explore five of the best options for kitchen flooring and some of their pros and cons.
Engineered hardwood flooring
Those who prefer the traditional look of hardwood flooring may hesitate to install it in kitchens. However, engineered hardwood floors have a reputation for holding up to even the harshest kitchen environments. It can withstand heavy foot traffic, is moisture resistant and is one of the best land options to increase the value of the house. A few potential drawbacks include the challenges of replacing damaged boards and the initial installation costs can be quite high depending on the choice of wood.
Resilient vinyl flooring
Banish thoughts of grandma’s vinyl flooring forever — we’re talking about luxury resilient vinyl flooring options for modern kitchens. Available in a range of shapes such as planks that resemble wood and natural stone patterns, vinyl flooring can complement any kitchen decor. It is highly water resistant, and water resistant options are available. Budget-friendly, durable and easy to maintain, vinyl is an excellent choice. However, it will not increase the value of the house, it is not eco-friendly and it can be scratched and gouged quite easily.
Environmentally friendly cork flooring is big in kitchen trends, as its unique cellular structure is moisture-resistant, slip-resistant and feels soft to walk on. Available in a range of natural colours, cork floor can also be stained and is a sustainable option that can last for years when cared for. The negative aspects include the fact that excessive sun can cause it to fade, but keeping the blinds or blinds closed during the hours of direct sunlight can prevent this. In addition, cork flooring requires resealing every few years to maintain its waterproof and stain-resistant qualities. Also, heavy furniture can cause indentations, so choose implements wisely.
Porcelain tile floor
A classic kitchen option is the porcelain tile floor, which is extremely durable and stain resistant. Those looking for a truly waterproof flooring system can’t go wrong with tile, and the decorative possibilities are limitless for creative types. Homeowners who like the look of stone often choose more affordable porcelain tiles, and these tiles can expand to the backsplash and even the countertops for a fluid designer look. However, the tile is slippery when wet and its hardness can make it uncomfortable after long periods of standing. Carpets and non-slip mats can help solve these issues. Tile also requires owners to seal grout lines annually to prevent staining and to ensure water tightness.
Natural stone tile floor
Homeowners who don’t mind paying more for the truly incredible look of natural stone will be happy to hear that they are kitchen-friendly materials. Natural stones such as slate, marble and travertine are unique, so each floor installation is one of a kind. Natural stone floors add to the resale value of the home, making them the best alternative to hardwood floors for homeowners concerned with getting a solid return on their investment. While they last, they can break and replacement can be tricky, so choosing the best quality tiles on a budget is a wise move. As with the tiles themselves, installation is expensive, and the tiles must be sealed periodically to keep the floor protected.
Considering the floor for the kitchen?
Floor installations in kitchens can be tricky, and this is an area of the home where floor mistakes can be problematic down the line. Contact a local flooring installation professional near you to discuss options for your home.
Ron Neal, Founder of The Neal Estate Teamserving Victoria, BC with real estate expertise since 1991.