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What Type of Flooring is Best for Your Kitchen?

by Kitchen and Bath Center / March 13, 2019

In addition to being one of the most popular gathering spots in the house, the kitchen also is one of the hardest working rooms in the house. Your kitchen floor must be tough. It’s got to stand up to foot traffic, food spills, grease splatters, water drips, pet pawprints, and even the occasional dropped dishware.

And it must be comfortable to stand on. And it needs to be non-slip, especially if you have young kids or pets. And it must be attractive.

Finding the right kitchen floor is a tall order, but with so many choices of materials available today, it’s easier than ever to find the perfect fit.

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Tile

Pros:
  • Available in an array of colors, styles, and finishes
  • Incredibly durable
  • Glazed ceramic tile is one of the best choices for high traffic areas and rooms where water frequently meets with the floor, especially with a slip-resistant finish
  • Easy maintenance and cleaning
Cons:
  • One of the most expensive types of flooring
  • Can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods
  • Dropped dishes don’t stand much of a chance
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Wood

Pros:
  • Adds warmth, beauty, and value to your home
  • Available in varieties ranging from classic oak to cherry, to exotic tropical woods like bamboo and mahogany
  • Finishes such as hand-scraped, distressed, and wire-brushed offer even more design options
  • It feels good underfoot
Cons:
  • Needs proper maintenance and care to retain its look
  • Clean up water spills right away
  • Can be damaged by pet claws, high heels, or heavy/sharp objects dropped on it
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Stone

Pros:
  • Natural, rustic beauty in a broad range of colors
  • Able to create mosaics and designs in your flooring
  • Can stand up to heavy traffic
Cons:
  • Requires continual care and maintenance
  • Stone is slippery when wet
  • Can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods
  • Dropped dishes don’t stand much of a chance
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Vinyl

Pros:
  • Luxury Vinyl Plank looks like real wood and stone flooring
  • It’s a fraction of the price of real wood or stone
  • Waterproof, stain, scratch, slip and dent resistant
  • Has a softer feel when you walk across it
Cons:
  • It’s not natural

Finding the Right Match

Choosing a kitchen floor is a big decision. You are likely going to live with it for some time. You are going to want to look and feel, as well as talk to expert designers and materials specialists. Visit one of our five showrooms so you can check out all the options for yourself.

Tags: kitchen tile flooring luxury vinyl flooring stone wood

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