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What Type of Flooring is Best For Your Kitchen?



The kitchen is a busy area in your home, where you and your family gather to cook, eat and socialize. You want flooring that can stand up to lots of foot traffic, spilled food and the occasional dropped dish. 

There are plenty of options available in today’s market. Below, we talk about a few of the more popular ones.


Tile

Tile flooring is long-lasting and can handle heavy foot traffic, pets or spills while cooking. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and is resistant to heat. It can be made from different types of materials—ceramic, porcelain and stone—and comes in different colors and sizes, allowing you to customize the design of your kitchen floor.

Tile is hard and cold on your feet (small area rugs in the kitchen will help!), and glassware or plates may break if they’re dropped on the floor.


Hardwood

Hardwood floors are considered classic. They come in a range of colors, and solid hardwood can be sanded down and restained multiple times. (If you are installing on a concrete slab, try engineered hardwood, which looks and feels similar to solid hardwood but is made of layers of hardwood that are bonded together.)

Hardwood doesn’t hold up well to humidity, so if you’re worried about lots of spills or potential leaks, it might not be the best floor choice for you. Hardwood also can be scratched by pets’ claws, and too much sunlight can dull the look of your hardwood floor.

However, you can sand and refinish solid hardwood to make it look like new, or keep the stains and scratches for the popular distressed look. In fact, many hardwood floors are sold with that distressed look.


Vinyl

Vinyl flooring is versatile—for a smaller price tag, you can get a product that can look like wood or tile. There are a number of colors and patterns available, so there’s a vinyl flooring option for everyone. What’s more, vinyl tends to be easier to install than other flooring options out there.

Vinyl is water-resistant and durable, allowing it to handle all the spills and foot traffic your kitchen might see. It’s easy to install and can last up to 10 years, even with daily heavy use.


Linoleum

Like vinyl, linoleum comes in a variety of patterns, textures and colors, and can imitate other flooring options, such as tile or hardwoods. It won’t stain, scratch, or fade, and is ready to take on any spills or messes from kids or pets.

Linoleum went out of style for a while, but it’s making a comeback, due to being environmentally friendly. It's made from natural materials and is antibacterial. Linoleum can be installed in full sheets, or in squares like tile, giving you the freedom to use whatever pattern you’d like.

Linoleum is susceptible to water damage; smaller, everyday spills are OK, but if a pipe bursts or your dishwasher or refrigerator leaks and you have linoleum flooring, you may be looking at a full replacement.

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