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What Type of Flooring is Best for Your Kitchen?


As one of the most popular gathering spots in the home, the kitchen is also one of the hardest working rooms. Your kitchen flooring must be tough, with the ability to stand up to foot traffic, food spills, grease splatters, water drips, pet pawprints, and even occasional dropped dishware. 

Your kitchen floor also needs to be comfortable to stand on, non-slip, and 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. 

Tile

Pros:

  • Tile is available in an array of colors, styles, and finishes. 
  • Tile is 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. 
  • Tile is easy to maintain and clean. 

Cons: 

  • Tile is one of the most expensive types of flooring. 
  • Tile can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods. 
  • Dropped dishes don’t stand much of a chance. 

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Wood

Pros: 

  • Wood adds warmth, beauty, and value to your home. 
  • Wood offers variety 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 for wood.  
  • Wood feels good underfoot.  

Cons: 

  • Wood needs proper maintenance and care to retain its look. 
  • Wood allows you to clean up water spills right away. 
  • Wood can be easily damaged by pet claws, high heels, or heavy/sharp objects. 

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Stone

Pros: 

  • Stone offers natural, rustic beauty in a broad range of colors. 
  • You can create mosaics and designs in stone flooring. 
  • Stone can stand up to heavy foot traffic. 

Cons: 

  • Stone requires continual care and maintenance. 
  • Stone is slippery when wet. 
  • Stone can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods. 
  • Dropped dishes don’t stand much of a chance against stone flooring. 

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Vinyl

Pros: 

  • Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring looks like real wood and stone flooring. 
  • LVP flooring is a fraction of the price of real wood or stone. 
  • LVP flooring is waterproof, stain, scratch, slip and dent resistant. 
  • LVP flooring offers a softer feel when you walk across it. 

Cons: 

  • LVP flooring is not natural 

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Finding the right match 

Choosing kitchen flooring is a big decision, as you are likely going to live with it for quite some time. If you want to be able to look and feel, as well as talk to expert designers and materials specialists, visit one of our showrooms so you can check out all flooring options for yourself. 

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