A house is not a home without someone stirring up something delicious in the kitchen. It would be a mere building to shelter us from the heat of the sun or give us some shade when it rains. 

The family bond together in the kitchen to eat, chat and socialize. That’s how the kitchen gets its mark as the heart of the home because it is the place where family ties together. And because it is mostly used among other rooms in the house, it needs a little extra care from foot traffic, scratches, and spillage.

One way of returning the love to your kitchen is by updating your kitchen floor. Giving your kitchen floor a new life is one of the best ideas for remodeling a kitchen. Choosing waterproof flooring for the kitchen will prevent it from stains and spills.

To help you find the best options, here are the top 5 recommended floorings that will make your kitchen more pleasant and inviting. 

1. Vinyl 

 

Vinyl is made of plastic which makes it durable and can take heavy foot traffic. This is a practical choice if you have a busy kitchen with people always running here and there. It is water-resistant and very easy to maintain. You only need a damp mop to clean and to keep it stain-free.

It is the most inexpensive type of vinyl if budget is your number one priority in remodeling your kitchen. Though it can last not more than ten years and cannot be refinished, which is probably one of the drawbacks of using vinyl.

The pro is that it is very easy to install. You can even choose to do it yourself since some manufacturers offer an installation guide kit, but household owners still opted to hire contractors to achieve perfect and smooth flooring. 

Vinyl can be overlayed on an existing flooring which can help you save from the expense of underlayment.

 

Types of Vinyl:

  • Vinyl Plank is also customizable, depending on the design you have in mind, it can be bought in long sheets and planks that mimic a hardwood with a distinct resemblance of the wood grain. 
    • Luxury Vinyl Plank – thicker than standard vinyl with 6 to 8 layers of materials including the waterproof coating. It is also 3$ to 5$ more expensive than the standard vinyl, which is worth the cost because they used a 3D printer to make the design more vivid and realistic.

  • Vinyl Tile resembles a stone. They come in a variety of colors and patterns. To enhance the appearance, grout can be applied in between the tiles. 
    • Luxury Vinyl Tile – is a variation of the vinyl tile only that it is 5 times thicker than the standard vinyl and can last up to more or less 20 years. 

  • Vinyl Sheet is mostly recommended for high traffic areas and it usually comes in big rolls, so it needs to be straightened up before installation.

2. Ceramic Tile

 

Ceramic Tile from the Greek word ‘keramos’, meaning potter’s clay is made out of clay, sand, and water. They are mixed and molded to form a square, rectangle, and other geometric shapes and then baked using a kiln until it’s hard and dry.

Ceramic Tile is so versatile that it can be used for either indoor and outdoor. Ceramics usually has a glazed finish which makes it water-resistant and easier to clean and remove stains. But a non-skid finish is also available which is a safer feature for the kitchen, patio, walkways, pool, area, and other areas that usually get wet. 

Variations of designs, textures, colors, and patterns are simply too wide. You can go for a classic white clean to stylish mosaic tile floor without hurting your pocket. Compared to other flooring materials, ceramic tiles are very affordable and you can choose from a variety of prices that will fit your budget. 

3. Stained Concrete

Concrete floors are most versatile, durable, and low-maintenance. It can be stained to varying colors, textures, and finishes. Whether it’s an industrial building or a residential home, stained concrete is an eco-friendly and economical option when it comes to upgrading your floors. 

 

Types of Stained Concrete:

A technique of staining concrete using a mix of water, hydrochloric acid, and acid-soluble metallic salts. The mixture will penetrate and creates a chemical reaction producing a mottling effect that etches on the surface of the concrete. 

A technique of staining concrete using a mix of water, binder, and pigment. It is the pigment that creates the colors in the concrete and not the chemical reactions as it does acid-based. 

4. Brick

 

Brick has the characteristic of natural stone. It is a hard and long-lasting material. It gives the kitchen the character of warm and rustic.

The brick flooring for the kitchen offers a wide option of colors, textures, patterns, and installation layouts. The aesthetic value of brick flooring is indisputable. It can make both a modern house and a 17th-century farmhouse look classic and timeless.

The brick flooring lasts for decades making it an economical option for kitchen flooring. Applying a sealant makes it water and stain-resistant. It makes it easy to maintain from soiled footprints, dust, and dirt.

Even restaurant owners often opted for brick flooring because its natural texture provides an anti-slip quality that can prevent an accident from happening making it a safer option compared to other flooring materials.

Brick flooring is also natural fireproof. It’s an additional layer of protection in your home which keeps the fire from spreading in case an untoward fire incident happened.

5. Wood

 

Wood flooring is the best option if the style is on top of your priority list when upgrading a kitchen floor. The sense of elegance of the wooden floor makes a statement in itself. It adds warmth and rustic character to the kitchen.

Although it is more expensive than other types of flooring, however, it can be refinished and ultimately lasts longer. Applying a polyurethane, varnish, or lacquer can make it waterproof and stainproof. 

Types of Wood:

  • Hardwood is a solid thick wood e.g., oak, maple, cherry
  • Softwood like bamboo, fir, and pine costs less than hardwood because of the availability of supply and they are easier to grow than hardwood trees.
  • Engineered Wood is more eco-friendly. It is manufactured using a layer of hardwood and veneer or plies of wood. 

Now you can set your mind and choose the best flooring for your kitchen that will meet the need of your family. You can enjoy hosting a party or enjoy cooking a hot delicious meal for your family more and more once you get that new kitchen flooring.