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The Best Kitchen Flooring Ideas and Materials

There are many benefits of replacing your kitchen flooring. Whether you're ripping up your old worn-out flooring, looking to add value to your home, or require flooring that better suits your specific needs, you're sure to find the perfect match amongst the 11 versatile flooring options outlined below.

Our in-depth guide covers pros and cons, installation and maintenance tips, durability, affordability, and more. We cover all flooring types from the classics like hardwood and tile, to more unique types like rubber and cork.

Once you find the flooring type that best suits your kitchen, you may want to consider a full kitchen redesign to help upgrade the space and add value to your home. If so, check out our extensive selection of pre-assembled kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen Flooring Ideas

Use our guide on kitchen flooring to understand the traits, manufacturing processes and installation tips involved in each material.

Laminate Kitchen Flooring

Laminate kitchen flooring traits

Laminate flooring, not to be confused with vinyl flooring, is almost entirely wood product that is pressed and glued together. Laminate flooring is affordable, durable, and easy to install for those interested in DIY projects due to its tongue and groove design. Laminate flooring became increasingly popular as the first flooring option that looked nearly identical to hardwood, at a fraction of the cost.

Laminate comes in a wide variety of options, so you won't have a problem finding a design that matches your kitchen's aesthetic. The only major con for laminate flooring is that it's susceptible to warping from heavy water damage, such as a dishwasher or washing machine flood.

Hardwood Kitchen Flooring

Hardwood kitchen flooring traits

Hardwood is one of the most classic flooring options on the market. Hardwood flooring is unrivaled in quality and aesthetic appeal, adding significant financial value to any home that has it. Hardwood flooring is generally more expensive than other options due to its manufacturing processes; each strip needs to be cut and planed, stained, and sealed before being shipped to wholesalers.

Like laminate flooring, hardwood is also easy to install due to its tongue and groove design. A properly sealed hardwood floor is very easy to maintain on a daily basis. Hardwood floors do need refinishing about every 7 to 10 years, but refinishing the floors will quickly solve any minor blemish issues such as scratches and stains.

Vinyl Kitchen Flooring

Vinyl kitchen flooring traits

Vinyl kitchen flooring, unlike laminate flooring, is made completely of non-biodegradable PVC plastic. The biggest appeal of vinyl flooring is that it's 100 percent waterproof. Other pros for vinyl flooring is that it is inexpensive, comfortable to walk on, and sound dampening.

As for installation, vinyl flooring comes in sheets or tile and is glued down to the flooring underneath. The gluing method makes for a relatively cheap installation but can cause problems if you ever want to remove it.

Bamboo Kitchen Flooring

Bamboo kitchen flooring traits

Bamboo flooring is sometimes defined as a hardwood flooring material, but bamboo is actually a type of grass. Bamboo flooring is made by first harvesting and cutting the bamboo poles into strips. These strips are then woven, pressed, and heated. Lastly, they are sealed and machined into planks. Bamboo is an eco-friendly flooring option because bamboo is a highly renewable resource. Some bamboo can even grow up to three feet per day.

Since bamboo flooring is usually manufactured overseas, you'll want to be sure and find a company that's been certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council to avoid any unwanted chemicals in your product. Bamboo flooring is about the same price as most hardwood floors, but is typically harder and more durable. Bamboo does absorb water, making it susceptible to humidity damage.

Linoleum Kitchen Flooring

Linoleum kitchen flooring traits

Linoleum flooring is typically more durable than vinyl and it's also very water resistant, making it perfect for a kitchen. Linoleum is an eco-friendly flooring option, as it's made from linseed oil and cork powder. Linoleum can be susceptible to light damage, turning the flooring to a yellowish color; this occurrence is called “ambering.”

Installing linoleum flooring is an extensive process; it needs to be cut perfectly and applied with a spread adhesive. Because of this, it's recommended to hire a professional to handle the project.

Ceramic Kitchen Flooring

Ceramic tile kitchen flooring traits

Ceramic tile flooring is a top flooring option in American homes because of its timeless aesthetic appeal and its ability to instantly add financial value.

Ceramic tile flooring is low maintenance, providing a surface that's durable and easy to clean. It's also perfect for allergy sufferers because tile doesn't trap dust and pollen like some other, more porous, flooring types can.

Another factor to consider is that tile can be cold and hard under foot, making it less comfortable to walk on. But, many homeowners are choosing to install radiant heating floor systems, which are heated water tubes or electric pipes underneath the tile flooring.

Cork Kitchen Flooring

Cork kitchen flooring traits

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Cork flooring is a unique flooring type that has many benefits. Cork is incredibly resilient due to its springy traits, making it great for areas with lots of foot traffic. Cork works well for cooks who love to spend hours on their feet, whipping up a big family dinner. Also, if you have little ones that tend to drop dishware, your dishware is less likely to break on cork flooring.

Cork is eco-friendly, resistant to mold and mildew, easy to clean, and sound dampening. In its natural state, cork is also fire retardant, but depending on the different types of sealants applied to it, it may lose some of its fire retardant characteristics.

Concrete Kitchen Flooring

Concrete kitchen flooring traits

Concrete flooring has become an increasingly popular option. Concrete flooring is incredibly durable and easy to clean, but the biggest appeal to concrete flooring is the infinite design choices you have with the material. You can add an integral color to the concrete during the mixing process, stain the concrete after it's been poured, dye it, add a colored hardener, or paint the concrete after its been set.

Not only do you have an array of color application options, you also have texture choices. All types of textured finishes can be applied, including buffing the concrete to a smooth, glassy finish.

Concrete is also great for lowering energy bills because it absorbs heat, which can help keep your AC bill down in the hotter months. One thing to consider is that even perfectly laid concrete may develop cracks and its hard and cold under foot.

Rubber Kitchen Flooring

Rubber kitchen flooring traits

Rubber kitchen flooring is another unique option that has many benefits. It's durable, easy to maintain, eco-friendly, and hypoallergenic. Rubber flooring is also a great insulator, retaining both heat and cool air.

Rubber flooring usually has a dull finish, which is not attractive to many homeowners. It can also have a lasting odor that may also be bothersome to some homeowners. Rubber flooring is soft and comfortable under foot and sound dampening.

Stone Kitchen Flooring

Stone tile kitchen flooring traits

Stone tile flooring is distinctly different than ceramic tile flooring. Stone is just as aesthetically appealing and just as durable as ceramic tile, but is not as slippery, making it a good option for families with children and pets.

Stone tile flooring consists of calcium-based stones, so you'll want to avoid acid-based cleaners which cause dull marks and small cracks.

Stone tile flooring consists of five popular choices for homeowners: marble, granite, slate, travertine, and agglomerate stone. Each has pros and cons, so be sure to research which one best fits your kitchen's needs before making a decision.

Mosaic Kitchen Flooring

Mosaic tile kitchen flooring traits

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Mosaic tile flooring is the most visually stunning flooring type. It's usually made from glass, but sometimes also made from stone and other materials. Most mosaics come in small squares of different colors, known as tesserae.

Maintaining mosaic tile's impressive aesthetic will be difficult in high traffic areas, but can be done with regular cleaning. Mosaic tile flooring is resistant to stains, mold, and mildew because of its nonporous properties. Two factors to consider with this type of flooring is the high cost and the difficulty of installation. Glass mosaic tile flooring is susceptible to scratches and may crack if heavy objects are dropped on it.

Before choosing a kitchen flooring, assess the needs of your kitchen and your home. Each flooring type has unique traits. Consider what's most important to you, whether it's to use eco-friendly materials, have hypoallergenic flooring, or a floor that helps keep your house cool. Looking for more kitchen remodeling ideas? Check out all of our kitchen ideas to help you plan for your next remodel.

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