Choosing flooring for your kitchen can be a challenge because it needs to be durable, easy to clean, and water resistant. Kitchens generally receive a high volume of foot traffic, which means your floors need to be able to withstand wear and tear over time. Because kitchens see a lot of spills and messes, your floors should also be stain-resistant and easy to clean. Finally, it’s important to keep in mind that the flooring you choose for your kitchen should be able to handle a little moisture.
At Floor Coverings International of Alpharetta, we know that the number of flooring options available can be overwhelming. We’ve put together a list of some common types of flooring and the pros and cons of each as kitchen flooring.
Nothing beats carpet when it comes to comfort, but it is undoubtedly one of the worst choices for kitchen flooring. While certain types of carpet can be quite durable and stain-resistant, there are few carpets out there that can bounce back from repeated spills over time (think spaghetti sauce or red wine). In addition, carpet isn’t suited for environments where the flooring may get wet frequently, as it can develop mildew over time.
Hardwood is a much better choice than carpet for kitchens. It’s durable, especially if you choose one of the harder species like Brazilian Cherry or White Oak. It’s also fairly easy to keep clean: simply wipe up any spills that occur, and regularly dust and mop. Hardwood flooring can begin to warp with repeated water exposure, so be sure to use a protective rug by the sink.
Stone or Tile
Stone and ceramic tile are one of the best options for flooring in your kitchen. Tile is durable, moisture and stain-resistant, easy to care for, and available in a wide range of styles and price points. The main downside to tile kitchen flooring is that it can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time because it is so hard. It can also be a little cold on bare feet, and lacks the aesthetic warmth that hardwood does.
Vinyl is another great kitchen flooring choice. It’s very budget friendly and available in many different styles and colors. Vinyl is also a “soft” flooring material, which makes it more comfortable to stand on for long periods of time. Vinyl flooring is water-resistant, although moisture can seep in through seams over time, so it’s important to wipe up any standing water promptly. Vinyl isn’t as durable as tile or hardwood because its surface can become scratched and dull over time. However, with proper care, vinyl can be a great addition to your kitchen.
When you’re ready to replace your kitchen floors, give Floor Coverings International of Alpharetta a call for a free, in-home design consultation!