The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it’s one space where you want to get your flooring right. With all the foot traffic and spills a kitchen experiences, you’ll need a great-looking, durable floor that will last for many years to come. Considering vinyl flooring for your kitchen? Keep the following in mind as you compare your options for kitchen flooring.
1. Look for a stain resistant or waterproof floor
First of all, your kitchen flooring needs to be waterproof. Over the years, we’ve seen many different kinds of flooring for the kitchen, from linoleum (which is not totally impervious to water) to sheet vinyl to ceramic tile and more. Some people love the look of wood floors for the kitchen, but aren’t fully aware of all of the challenges a wood kitchen floor poses.
Search for waterproof flooring that gives you the look of wood floors, but without all the hassle. Vinyl floors are a perfect alternative to wood floors: They’re waterproof flooring, so they’ll stand up to all of your regular kitchen spills, and they’re also stain resistant, unlike some other flooring options.
Laminate has been used as flooring for kitchens and while the manufacturer may call it “waterproof” or “water resistant,” its core is not waterproof and water exposure can still cause bubbling and warping.
Vinyl flooring is an excellent choice for the kitchen. All of our vinyl flooring products are 100-percent waterproof, stain resistant and can work well in all types of spaces.
2. Safety first for kitchen flooring
In addition to being attractive and waterproof, a kitchen floor needs to be safe. After all, this is the space where you may drop a dish or pot of spaghetti noodles on more than one occasion—how will your floor respond to it?
Tile has been a popular choice for kitchen floors for many years because it’s long-lasting and can handle spills, but if you drop something on the floor, you can potentially get cracks, chips and broken tiles that would need to be replaced. Not so with our vinyl floors, however.
With vinyl floors, you get an aesthetically pleasing floor, but with less worry. Spills and mishaps can damage the finish or cause dents on wood floors. Likewise, stone floors may be a hard surface, but they’re porous and can stain easily.
Also, consider slips and falls. You don’t want to run the risk of slipping in the kitchen while pulling out a roast turkey from the oven. An irregular stone floor or a slick surface may be easier to trip over or slip on. A floor such as vinyl flooring with some texture can help prevent slips and falls.
3. Make sure it’s low maintenance
Whether you’re tracking in dirt and grime from the garage or the outdoors, the kitchen is a space that gets dirty fast. You want an easy-to-clean kitchen floor with minimal maintenance. Flooring such as vinyl flooring for your kitchen that only requires a damp mop cleaning is the easiest kitchen floor to maintain, making it a family-friendly and pet-friendly floor.
4. Comfort is important
You spend a lot of time in your kitchen, cooking, baking, doing dishes, entertaining, etc., so you’ll want your kitchen flooring to be comfortable. Concrete floors have been trendy for a while, but it’s also very hard, which can strain your back and joints.
With the latest innovations in flooring, you have so much to choose from. Resilient floors, like our Sound-Tec vinyl floors, give you the best of both worlds: a stylish wood look but added comfort with the underlayment. Its 20 mil wear layer is commercial grade and is highly resistant to punctures, scratches and daily wear and tear.
5. Invest in quality and beauty
Kitchens are one of the most expensive rooms to remodel, but you want your kitchen to look its best. Invest in key materials such as cabinetry and flooring to get the most return on your investment.
Vinyl plank floors have come a long way from their sheet vinyl origins and vinyl flooring is ideal for kitchens. With so many options to choose from in luxury vinyl flooring, you’re sure to find something that blends in well with your design style, that’s also durable and easy to install.
What to choose for kitchen flooring?
Do your homework on what each type of flooring has to offer before making your decision on what kind of flooring to choose for your kitchen. See our selections on waterproof vinyl flooring for your kitchen.