Kitchen floors take a lot of wear and tear during their lifetime. Think it’s time to upgrade your flooring? Read on to learn about the best choice for you!
Consider Your Flooring Needs
The first thing you should do is look at the type of wear and tear your flooring currently receives.
Questions to consider include:
- How many people use the kitchen?
- Do you have pets, and if so are they large?
- Do you have children?
- What’s the average activity level in your kitchen?
These factors are important to consider when choosing a flooring type.
A home with one or two quiet adults and a small pet will wear out the floor slower than a home with active children and large pets.
Kitchen floors experience many types of wear during their lifetime.
Pots, pans, and sharp utensils are dropped on them. Chairs and tables are dragged across them. Food and beverage spills can happen often.
It’s no surprise then that your kitchen floor can look like it’s taken a beating after a few years and needs replacement.
Let’s talk now about some of the best flooring options for your kitchen and your lifestyle.
Tile is one of the most commonly found floorings in kitchens. It’s not hard to understand why.
Tile is price-friendly for just about any budget. It comes in a wide variety of colors and styles so you’re sure to find one that fits your decor.
It’s also durable. Tile flooring can last for decades with proper care and cleaning.
Cleaning is easy and usually requires one mopping a week. If you have an active household with many food spills, tile is a great option.
Tile is also excellent for homes with people with allergies. It’s hypoallergenic and doesn’t trap in dust and bacteria like other types of flooring.
Tile does have its downsides to consider. It can crack and you will need to regularly seal the grout to keep it clean.
It’s also cold, which is great in hot climates but not so much in wintry areas. You may find you need carpets and rugs to keep bare feet warm.
Tile can also be slippery depending on the texture of the tiles. A more natural, stone-like texture is less likely to be slippery than smooth surfaces.
Tile comes in ceramic and porcelain varieties. The porcelain tiles tend to be more expensive and are harder than ceramic tiles.
This makes porcelain tiles more uncomfortable to stand on but also more durable than ceramic.
Vinyl is another popular option for kitchen floors. Like tile, it’s budget-friendly and comes in many colors and patterns to match your kitchen.
It’s easy to install and can even be placed directly over an existing vinyl floor installation.
Cleaning is a snap with vinyl floors. Vinyl floors are also more comfortable to stand on than tile since they provide some cushioning to your feet.
Vinyl is not quite as durable as tile although it is easy to fix damaged areas with a patch.
Vinyl also can become misshapen and warp over time. It can be cut with sharp objects such as falling glass or a dropped knife.
The color and shine of the vinyl will also fade over time if your kitchen is in an area with a lot of sunlight.
Consumer Reports suggests avoiding vinyl if you have babies and toddlers that crawl or play on your floors. Vinyl releases chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which may pose some risk to young children.
Laminate flooring is available in several imitation woods and stone styles. It’s an affordable option compared to tile and hardwood.
Laminate can be installed easily on your own if you enjoy DIY projects. It can be laid over an existing laminate floor which makes an upgrade even easier.
Laminate is easy to care for and can be cleaned with a damp mop or broom. Some types of laminate have a stain-resistant coating that helps keep it clean.
Laminate is not waterproof, though! If water or other liquid spills you will need to clean it up immediately.
Laminate will buckle and warp from liquid damage. It is less likely to be damaged by scuffs and dropped heavy items than hardwood floors.
Linoleum is like vinyl in appearance. This is often why people think they are the same thing although they are not.
Linoleum is made from all-natural materials and like vinyl, it comes in many different colors and styles.
Like vinyl, it is also easy to clean and affordable. It’s also relatively durable.
Linoleum’s cons are similar to vinyl as well. It is subject to wear over time which can mar its appearance.
Some linoleum floors may need occasionally waxing and polishing to maintain their look.
Linoleum is a bit harder to install compared to tile and vinyl. It may not be the best choice for the do-it-yourself crowd.
A hardwood floor is a beautiful addition to any kitchen. Unlike other types of flooring with colors and patterns, hardwood tends to always stay in style.
It does tend to be more expensive than other options. A hardwood floor can significantly increase your home’s value and is a wise investment.
Hardwood floors feel softer underfoot compared to tile.
It’s easy to keep clean with just a broom, damp mop or a vacuum.
Hardwood does need proper care including periodic waxing, sanding and refinishing. If the flooring is pre-treated by the factory, it may more a more durable finish.
You will need to be extra-careful about cleaning up spills right away. Water can damage the floor if not cleaned up and dried immediately.
Hardwood is a great choice for high traffic kitchens. It’s able to withstand pets, kids, and heavy items with ease.
Like tile, hardwood is a great choice for homes with allergy and asthma sufferers.
What’s Your Choice?
Review your options carefully and assess your home’s activity level and your budget. Your new kitchen flooring should last for years and fit your lifestyle.
Still unsure about which is your best fit? Reach out to us – we’re here for you.