Durable kitchen flooring for this high-traffic area of your home
Most kitchens see a lot of use, from foot traffic to common spills. That's why finding durable kitchen flooring is important when planning or remodeling your kitchen.
Vinyl Kitchen Flooring
Vinyl is one of the most common kitchen flooring materials. It is valued for its resilience, low price and wide range of available colors and patterns. Vinyl kitchen flooring is also considered one of the most comfortable kitchen floor materials; it has a slightly cushiony feel to it, compared to some of the harder materials. It's also very easy to clean vinyl. Standard vinyl has a single layer with the pattern printed on top of it; it is the cheapest kind. Inlaid vinyl's pattern and color goes all the way through, and it is the more durable type.
Kitchen Tile Flooring
Tile flooring comes in three main types:
- Ceramic tile, which is made from pressed clay and covered with a glaze
- Porcelain tile, which is thicker than ceramic with color patterns that penetrate the entire tile
- Quarry tile, which is a mix of shale and clay
What they have in common is variety and durability, though individual tiles can crack over time. Buying a couple extra tiles with your original order is the best way to prepare for this. Glazed tiles require less cleaning and maintenance, but they can also be slippery. Unglazed kitchen tile will occasionally need to be treated with sealants to keep stains at bay.
Linoleum Kitchen Flooring
Linoleum kitchen flooring is considered to be the most environmentally friendly of the kitchen flooring choices. Like vinyl, linoleum kitchen flooring is more comfortable to stand on for long periods of time because of its slight cushioning effect. It's also very easy to clean linoleum. Linoleum is very durable because it takes a lot to dent it, and fats, oils and grease won't damage it. On the other hand, standing water can damage linoleum. It's also typically available in a narrower range of patterns and colors than vinyl flooring.
Kitchen Laminate Flooring
Kitchen laminate flooring is made to look like hardwood or stone flooring, and it's available for a much lower price. The best attribute of kitchen laminate flooring is how easy it is to clean. Most spills need only a paper towel to clean up, and laminate won't suffer water damage like real wood does. However, unlike real wood, it must be completely replaced when it wears out – laminate cannot be refinished.