Whether you’re renovating or building, choosing the right kitchen flooring for your home is an important decision. Between the foot traffic and spills, kitchen floors have to handle the brunt of the abuse in a home. Besides being practical and durable, kitchen floors are also the foundation of your interior design. When all of this must be considered when choosing a floor for your kitchen, it may seem daunting. Luckily we’ve made it easy for you by providing this breakdown of the 5 best kitchen flooring options. 

  1. Hardwood 

Hardwood flooring is one of the most traditional options available, and for a good reason. It’s comfortable underfoot and is an excellent option for open floor plans as it will run from room to room. While hardwood can be susceptible to water damage if spills or leaks are left unattended, it is still one of the most durable options, especially when modern finishes are used.  

Hardwoods’ versatility is one of its most appealing factors. Hardwood can be installed in various patterns for an added touch of style beyond traditionally laid boards and have a variety of colors, stains, and textures available. Additionally, unlike most of the flooring on this list, hardwood can be sanded and refinished to achieve a new look without having to tear up and completely redo your kitchen flooring. While these are just a few benefits of laying hardwood floors in your home, it is ultimately the longest lasting and most durable option to use in your home, but it is also the most expensive. 

  1. Laminate 

Laminate is a proven, cost-effective alternative to using hardwood for your kitchen flooring. While it does an excellent job of mimicking the look of more expensive flooring options, it doesn’t offer the same durability. While many laminate options are “waterproof,” they still do not do as good of a job as some of the other options on this list. 

Laminate flooring can look great and be the perfect fit, especially when working on a tighter budget or for rental properties. When considered for your long-term home, it does have drawbacks and should be weighed carefully against other options on this list. 

  1. Tile 

Tile is a go-to choice for flooring in areas that typically see lots of water, like kitchens and bathrooms. Ceramic, porcelain, and stone tile all come in various shapes, sizes, and colors that can be installed in multiple ways to achieve that unique look that fits your home. 

The appeal of tile is its durability. Once installed, tile is incredibly long-lasting and holds up well to the stress that kitchen flooring will inevitably endure. Unlike some of the other kitchen flooring options, tile stands up well against heavy appliances and doesn’t loosen, even after years of constant use. If you’re looking for a long-lasting and strong option for kitchen flooring, tile is the material for you.

  1. Cork

If you’re looking for an alternative to wood or tile kitchen flooring, cork could be for you. Cork is a relatively new addition to the world of kitchen flooring. Cork is available as glue down, snap together, or peel and stick. Additionally, it’s soft, bouncy, and doesn’t feel cold to the touch like other kitchen flooring options. Cork resists stains and water but isn’t entirely waterproof. 

Cork is both cost-effective and eco-friendly. The material is naturally derived and absorbs heat and sound. Using cork for your kitchen flooring is an excellent alternative to traditional materials if you want to minimize the effect on the environment and your bank account. 

  1. Concrete 

Concrete is another non-traditional option for kitchen flooring.  It may seem too harsh or industrial for a homey environment, but it’s a very durable and practical flooring material. Concrete can be stained to look like wood, stone, or even tile and can be sealed to be waterproof.

The appeal of concrete flooring is its seamless look, lower price, and durability. It doesn’t have to look inexpensive since it can be stained to look like any other flooring choice. If you are looking for a cost-effective and resistant kitchen flooring option, concrete may be the right option for you. 
Whatever material you decide is best for you, Commercial Floor Services is here to help with materials, installation, or anything else you need for your flooring project.