Each room in your house not only has a specific feel and style, but each room also has a specific purpose. For many families, the kitchen is indeed the heart of the home! As lovely as that sentiment sounds, sometimes kitchens are more like a busy cafeteria: With lots of foot traffic and a high probability of spills and messes, you need flooring that is durable, water-resistant, and easy to maintain over the long haul. However, this doesn’t mean you have to give up style and good looks for practicality. Let’s take a closer look at chic, fashion-forward kitchen flooring choices that combine eye-catching beauty with stellar performance.
Waterproof Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Whether you love the look of rustic hardwood or weathered stone, look no further than luxury vinyl planks or tiles (LVP/LVT). Luxury vinyl flooring checks all the boxes that your busy, messy kitchen can throw at it: It’s waterproof, unbelievably tough, and comes in a realistic array of designs, colors, and textures. When you add up the price of materials and installation, the cost of luxury vinyl flooring is considerably lower than hardwood or stone. Depending on your flooring experience, you might be able to install the floor yourself since LVT uses a floating, click-lock installation method.
Waterproof flooring offers solid core planks and tiles that are inherently 100% waterproof, not simply featuring water resistance. This sturdy flooring comes in impressive designs that authentically replicate the most sought-after hardwood, stone, ceramic tile, and even concrete visuals. Waterproof flooring resists mold and mildew, scratches and stains, and features sound-deadening backing that reduces noise and acts as the floor’s underlayment, smoothing out the imperfections of the subfloor. It’s an absolutely perfect fit for the kitchen!
High-quality laminate flooring is another popular, stylish choice for kitchen floors since it’s water-resistant, can stand up to heavy foot traffic, resists dents and scratches from spills or pets, and with proper care, will look great for years to come. Laminate floors are also budget-friendly and come in a various realistic styles, colors, and textures. In many cases, laminate flooring can be installed over a variety of subfloors and typically uses a floating-floor interlock installation method. Easy to maintain and clean, laminate floors will serve your kitchen admirably and protect against everyday wear-and-tear.
Glazed ceramic tile is an excellent classic choice for kitchens because its non-porous surface is moisture-resistant, durable, and easy to maintain. These tiles come in many colors, patterns, and sizes, perfect for creating unique floor, countertop, and backsplash layouts. Unless you’re a professional, you’ll need to hire someone to install the tile for you. Tile flooring must be installed to a subfloor with mortar or tile adhesive, then sealed with grout between the tiles. For an easy-to-clean kitchen, tile will allow you to wet-mop your floor!
Although luxury vinyl has revolutionized the “resilient flooring” category, sheet vinyl represents the original waterproof floor!Modern technological innovations have produced vastly improved sheet vinyl visuals that can be installed anywhere in the home, especially in high-moisture areas like kitchens. Vinyl flooring requires a smooth subfloor since imperfections can show through, but it comes in many shades, patterns, and styles. It’s waterproof, provides ‘give’ underfoot, and installs very quickly.
Today’s kitchen flooring options provide you with incredible design capability. If you have questions, our experts have answers: Give us a call or drop us an email, and we’ll help you find the perfect floor today!