The kitchen is the heart of your home and Bestlaminate is here to inspire with kitchen flooring options. If you want to update your kitchen without breaking the bank, consider replacing the flooring. A new floor can really transform a space and make it feel brand new.
Here are our top 6 types of kitchen flooring options!
1. Solid Hardwood
Solid hardwoods have always been a popular and luxurious flooring option. Hardwood in a kitchen looks great, is easy to clean, and will make your space look luxurious. Oak and hickory are classic choices that give the room a warm, natural feel. The down-side to installing hardwood flooring is that it’s the most expensive flooring option and it takes a professional to install. You can also incur some costly expenses should your dishwasher break and flood the flooring. Solid hardwood is not moisture-proof, so you should be careful installing solid hardwood flooring in a kitchen.
Laminate flooring gives you the look and durability of hardwood without the high price tag. Color choices are endless, from black, to multi-colored, to whitewashed, to natural oak. Laminate flooring is DIY friendly due to it’s click and lock installation system. No glue is required, so you can walk on the floor immediately after installation! Most laminate flooring is moisture-proof, so it will hold up better than hardwoods when wet. However, if a spill happens, it should still be wiped up immediately to mitigate any water damage that could occur.
3. Engineered Hardwoods
Engineered hardwoods are like the middle ground between laminate and solid hardwood. The top layer is made of solid hardwood, but the rest is composite layers of mixed wood. This creates stability to the hardwood making it more moisture resistant than solid hardwood. It can still easily warp if there is a big leak, so install in the kitchen with caution. Engineered hardwood also has a click and lock type installation system, so it call be a DIY installation. However, in some cases, the flooring need to be glues or stapled down. That’s when we would recommend calling in the installation experts.
Once the only choice for kitchen floors, linoleum is staging a huge comeback these days thanks to the multitude of color and design options modern manufacturers give consumers. Linoleum is not the most DIY friendly flooring to install however, so expect to hire a professional to lay it our properly. If it’s installed improperly, it can crack, chip, and even bubble.
Porcelain, slate, and granite are among the most popular picks for kitchens. Light and earthy colors have always been popular, giving kitchens brightness and energy. However, installing tile flooring is costly because of the material and the labor involved to install. You would really want to hire a professional here because if tiles are laid improperly or uneven, it can be a fall hazard or worse! The alternative is laminate tile or vinyl tile flooring, which is much more affordable yet offers the great look of tile. It is also a DIY friendly installation, which cuts out installation costs as well!
For those on a very tight budget, vinyl flooring is worth a look. Not only is it the most affordable choice on this list, but it is also versatile and easy to maintain. It’s not to be confused with linoleum, as vinyl is made from 100% virgin vinyl. Vinyl is 100% waterproof, so it’s the perfect flooring for kitchens, where liquid spills can happen at any time. There are different installation types of vinyl, but all of them are very DIY friendly! Vinyl comes in two distinct looks, tile and wood, so you can have your pick from many different styles and colors!
Which type of flooring would you choose for your kitchen? Tell us which one and why in the comments below!