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7 Best Kitchen Flooring Options

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Your kitchen is one of the center points of your home. A good kitchen can make or break an otherwise refinished home. When remodeling your kitchen, or constructing one for a new home, the flooring options available to you can often save or ruin your home design.

When looking at kitchen flooring options think about the amount of traffic that will be in your kitchen. Also consider what your goal is, is it maximizing resale value, or simply putting down the most durable and long lasting flooring possible?. How does each of the available options fit into the flooring you have in the rest of your home? Think of these questions as you begin thinking about what kitchen flooring option works best for your home.

The Options Cheapest to Most Expensive

Concrete ($1-$2): Concrete, it’s not just for basements or garages anymore. While not the most common option around, concrete is one that has a place in some kitchens. Concrete has the added bonus of being able to be poured into place over most other types of flooring. This ability to be poured into place can also level a floor that has issues. Concrete can have many different finishes that range from simple sealant to polishing. A properly sealed or polished floor is waterproof and nonporous which can resist stains remarkably well. A concrete floor is not the most comfortable for those who might stand on it for long periods, but this can be fixed with a rug of some sort.

Linoleum ($2.5-$5): Linoleum is the ecologically friendly option of the 1950’s. Linoleum was the most popular kitchen flooring until a run of bad manufacturers and negative press made linoleum seem like a bad option, while at the same time vinyl was developed causing linoleum to fall from favor. With a few modern improvements linoleum is making a comeback. One of the best benefits is that the pattern goes through the entire thickness of the flooring. This means that in the event of scratches or chips from kitchen items falling that the damage is less noticeable. The ecological impact is minimized for linoleum as the flooring is created with all natural components in a process with less manufacturing than other options.

Vinyl ($2-$7): Second only to hardwood flooring, vinyl is one of the most popular kitchen floor options. Vinyl can be found in both tile and sheet forms, each with their own advantages. Vinyl is inexpensive, durable, long lasting, requires almost no maintenance, and can be found in many different styles. Vinyl can mimic other options as well, giving the appearance of stone or wood. Usually made with a felt backing, linoleum can be comfortable to stand on for long periods of time. The pattern is printed on the top of the vinyl though and scratches or burns can remove the pattern. Vinyl can last up to 20 years without having to be replaced or requiring much maintenance.

Stone tile ($7-$17): Stone tile is another good option; it has the advantage of being a natural substance. Also stone is a bit more durable than ceramic. The issue with stain in the grout line still exists and care should be taken to seal the grout to make sure that this doesn’t occur. Stone itself can also stain and must be sealed to make sure that you can use it as a good kitchen flooring option. This will need to be reapplied occasionally, how often mostly depends on traffic going through your kitchen.

Cork ($7-$16): Likely the most ecologically friendly option cork can serve as an interesting choice for kitchen floors. Made from the bark of the cork tree this is a very green option, which is something a lot of people look for with new flooring. The advantages to this is that cork is the most forgiving of the surfaces, and has a unique feel to it. However cork is very porous and will need to be sealed relatively frequently to work as a kitchen flooring option. One of the major drawbacks is that it is not the most durable option though. Cork can also scar and chip which would need to be repaired and resealed each time it happens.

Wood ($8-$24): Wood is the most popular option for kitchen flooring just as it is for most other rooms in your home. Hardwood can give a warm comfortable feel that ties in different rooms. Where linoleum and ceramic may be good for your kitchen they rarely are used in the other areas of your home. With open floor plans hardwood flooring can be used throughout the entire home, providing a consistent flooring. Hardwood flooring comes in many different variations and prices. As far as resale value goes hardwood will give the best return on your investment.

Ceramic tile ($6-$30): Ceramic tile is one of the most expensive of the available options. Durable and available in a lot of different colors and styles it can fit almost any décor. Ceramic tile can range from the relatively inexpensive solid color tile, to tiles that can mimic stone or other substances. Care has to be taken to seal the grout lines however, as they can stain otherwise. The durability of ceramic tile and it’s more upscale reputation can give a better return on your investment when you resell your home in the future.

References
http://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/kitchens/choose-the-best-flooring-for-your-kitchen
http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/kitchens/smart-options-kitchen-flooring/
http://flooring.about.com/od/kitchen-floors/ss/Inexpensive-Kitchen-Flooring-Ideas.htm#showall