The Different Kitchen Flooring Options

When you’re remodeling your kitchen, there are several decisions that have to be made. Cabinets and countertops often get the most attention, but your kitchen flooring is just as important. With so many options, though, you may find it hard to narrow down on the right kind of floor. That’s why we’ve put together a quick guide detailing each of the main kitchen flooring options:

Ceramic tileThe Different Types of Kitchen Flooring

Ceramic tiles are known for their aesthetic flexibility, as they come in a variety of colors, patterns, sizes, shapes, and mosaics. Made from natural clay, these are an extremely durable type of flooring that can stand up to almost anything your kitchen throws at it. They are, however, cold, which can be uncomfortable without socks in the winter months.

Hardwood

Unlike ceramic tile, hardwood floors are warm and comfortable underfoot—a good option during our long, Buffalo winters. Hardwood is also extremely durable, but since it is wood, you’ll want to be careful with big spills.

Natural stone tile

Natural stone tile is as hard as a rock—literally—so it’s bound to last a long time. It comes in a variety of options (marble, granite, limestone, slate, sandstone, to name a few), but beware that they are porous materials, so they’ll need to be annually treated.

Linoleum

Linoleum is made from cork powder and linseed oil, so it’s extremely eco-friendly. It’s also resilient and moisture-resistant, but it is susceptible to staining.

Vinyl

The most inexpensive and versatile kitchen flooring option out there, vinyl is a solid option if you’re on a budget. It resists stains, water, and (most) damage, but keep in mind that it will begin to show signs of wear and tear after about ten years of constant use.

Cork

If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, then cork flooring may be for you. That’s because cork is soft and springy, making it easy and comfortable on our feet. It’s also waterproof, slip resistant, and durable, added bonuses for the chef of the house.

Bamboo

Bamboo floors have become a hot item in recent years. They’re extremely durable (more so than hardwood) and they come in a variety of colors, sizes, textures, and patterns. They’re also water-resistant, but similar to hardwood, you should wipe up big spills immediately to prevent damage.

Wanting to remodel your kitchen? Then be sure to hire the right contractor for the job. At Ivy Lea Construction, we’ll work with you to find the best flooring, cabinets, countertops and more for your kitchen. Give us a call at 716-875-8654 today to learn more.