Kitchen remodels are complex and involve making a lot of decisions from practical to purely aesthetic. Choosing the best flooring for your kitchen is a critical decision. Your kitchen needs to stand up to a lot of foot traffic along with moisture, heat, and the occasional dropped knife. You need a floor that is as durable as it is beautiful. Fortunately, you have plenty of great options and the experts at Flohr are here to help.
Functional and Stylish
Tile has long been a popular choice in kitchen flooring. Ceramic and porcelain both come in a broad range of colors, styles, and finishes which makes it easy to match either type of tile to your décor. Practically speaking, both are durable – resistant to scratches and stains as well as performing well where moisture is present. Tile with a textured surface enhances slip resistance.
Natural stone is another great option. Granite, marble, and slate all have a high-end, luxe look and feel. Being natural, these materials are all more porous and may require them to be periodically maintained with a sealant to help them resist stains. They are also durable and have excellent heat resistant qualities. Natural stone flooring is a larger investment in most cases but offers a truly luxurious touch to your remodel.
If you want a warm, vintage feel to your new kitchen, hardwood flooring might be just right for your aesthetic. Harder species such as oak or maple resist scratching and dents better. Hardwoods in a kitchen will need a protective sealant to create a barrier to guard against moisture. You will also need to be vigilant about avoiding extra moisture, and keeping up with regular maintenance.
Cork flooring is eco-friendly and offers the same kind of natural warmth as hardwood. It offers a soft and comfortable surface to stand on, which is comfortable if you enjoy spending time working in your kitchen. Cork is also resistant to mold and mildew. When properly sealed, it is durable and resistant to water damage.
Great Floors on a Budget
If you’re looking for a hardworking floor that’s more budget conscious, there are plenty of choices available. Luxury vinyl flooring is both durable and versatile. Also known as LVP or LVT, it can give you the look of hardwood, stone, or just about any other design you can imagine. It is very durable and easy to clean and maintain. There are varieties that are engineered to be either waterproof or water-resistant, which is great for busy families.
Laminate flooring is another cost-effective alternative to hardwood or tile. It is practical, highly durable, stain-resistant, and easy to clean. Pay attention to the abrasion class while shopping for your floor. High-traffic areas like kitchens need to have at least AC3 to hold up to the demands of the space. Like LVP, laminate comes in a wide variety of designs that can imitate the look of wood, stone, or tile.
Lastly, concrete flooring also looks sleek and modern, so it can be a great choice for a contemporary kitchen. Flooring doesn’t get more durable than concrete, though you will need to plan for resealing periodically. When properly installed and maintained, concrete is easy to clean and resistant to stains and water. You can achieve many different patterns and textures by stamping the concrete. If you want something unique and striking, consider concrete flooring for your new kitchen.
Whatever the best flooring choice for your kitchen, Flohr has a team of professionals who are here to help you through the process from beginning to end. Give us a call today to ask your questions.