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What types of floor works best in a kitchen?

wood floor in a kitchen that needs to be protected from water on floorToday’s kitchens are for more than just meal preparation. Kitchens are for homework, dining, baking, and a lot of special family moments. All that time in the kitchen can be hard on floors, especially with frequent spills, heavy foot traffic, and messes on the menu.

Kitchen floors are an investment that pays dividends, both in terms of style and use. For that reason, deciding on the right flooring for a kitchen is not one that can be made lightly. There are four types of floors that are quality options, though the best flooring is different for everyone. Once you’ve browsed through the list of kitchen flooring options, ask your local pros to see the styles that would look and wear the best in the kitchen.

Luxury Vinyl

luxury vinyl plank floorLuxury vinyl is the newest water-resistant flooring product; it’s also one of the best floors for kitchens, both in terms of appearance and resilience. Modern luxury vinyl floors come in a variety of styles and colors, looking just like a wood or tile floor. Because of the diverse amount of options, luxury vinyl floors can fit in with traditional, rustic, and modern-styled rooms. These floors are also extremely practical, proving to be incredibly durable even in high traffic areas and easy-to-clean.

Wood

Hardwood floors are a timeless classic that can actually increase the value of a home. Modern hardwood floors come in wide- and thin-plank styles in almost every color and type of wood. Homeowners can choose between a traditional wood floor that is installed unfinished (the finish is chosen after the installation). For a “less fuss” option, choose a pre-finished wood floor that can be installed and enjoyed almost immediately. There is one disclaimer that comes with a beautiful wood floor, however: wood floors can be damaged by standing water. Be very careful about puddles and appliance flooding and leaks; they can stain and permanently damage the floors.

Tile

Today’s tiles come in more styles and varieties than ever before, making them an ideal addition to any décor. Some tile products resemble wood (perfect for a room where water damage is a concern!) or brick for a unique look. As an extra bonus, tiles can be laid over radiant heating which warms them even on the coolest days.

Laminate

cherry colored laminate floor in kitchenA laminate floor can be a durable addition to any kitchen; these floors do come with a similar disclaimer to wood floors, though. Laminate floors can be damaged by standing water and appliance flooding and leaks. These floors resemble the look of wood, but with a more affordable price tag, and are extremely durable (even with a lot of foot and paw traffic). For these reasons, laminate floors can hold up even in the highest-trafficked rooms, such as the kitchen.

Luxury Vinyl Plank Floors: Is this flooring right for your home?

luxury vinyl plank floorIt’s part of every kitchen, bathroom, living room, or bedroom remodel: choosing flooring. That choice comes with a long list of practical wants that depend on the room. For a bathroom, the flooring should be water and humidity resistant. In a busy household, the floors need to be durable enough to withstand heavy foot traffic. For a family with an eye on the budget, the right floor is affordable. If there is a member of the family that is handy, do-it-yourself installation is at the top of the list.

Once you have a list of criteria for your new floor (i.e. durable, water resistant, budget, DIY), it’s time to sift through the options: carpet, hardwood, engineered wood, laminate, vinyl, carpet tiles, tile. Often, one of the newest floors on the market, does not appear on the list: luxury vinyl plank.

Style-wise, luxury vinyl plank floors mimic the look of wood or tile flooring and come in a variety of colors and size options. For the look of wood, today’s luxury vinyl plank floors come in wide-plank, traditional, rustic, or even reclaimed style. If tile is the top choice, luxury vinyl plank floors come in all shapes and colors. Beyond style, luxury vinyl plank floors come with a list of other benefits.

Durability

Luxury vinyl plank floors are ideal for busy households with pets and kids. These floors are ideal for high traffic areas (or high traffic homes) without a constant fear of damage and staining.

Water resistant

Water is a part of a busy household, especially in laundry rooms, foyers, kitchens, and bathrooms. Luxury vinyl plank floors are water resistant, meaning that luxury vinyl floors are not as likely to be damaged by water puddles.

Easy to clean

Water spills and pet accidents are a common occurrence in a busy household. When either occurs in a home with luxury plank floors, the clean up is easy—as well as the maintenance to keep luxury vinyl floors looking great. Any messes can be easily wiped or swept up, and regular cleanings with approved products can keep the floor in like-new shape.

Easy to install

If you’re a handy person who has tackled do-it-yourself projects in the past, ask your salesperson about luxury vinyl plank floors that can be installed. Similar to laminate floors, some luxury vinyl planks can be snapped together. For a stone look, luxury vinyl planks can be installed with or without grout.

Basement approved

Hardwoods are not recommended for basements because the concrete slab is porous, exposing the wood to moisture. For the look of hardwood flooring without the risk, ask your flooring salesperson to see luxury vinyl flooring for a basement rec room, playroom, man cave, or craft room.

Budget-friendly

Luxury vinyl plank floors come in a variety of styles—and in a variety of prices. Follow local flooring pros on social media to take advantage of the latest sales on luxury vinyl floors or stop in to check out the prices (and styles) for yourself.