What Is the Best Kitchen Flooring?
A perfect kitchen is one that complements the homeowners’ lifestyle, needs, and aesthetic tastes. All the elements—from the countertops to the floors to the cabinets—work together to create a space that is not only beautiful but, first and foremost, works perfectly for the homeowners.
Does this sound like your kitchen? If not, it may be time for remodeling. Perhaps you’re already planning a remodel and in the process of making decisions about the aforementioned elements. Do you need new flooring? The right kitchen floor can make a significant difference in your everyday life.
Your Kitchen Flooring Options
To find out which floor material is best for your home, you first need to know your options. As with most aspects of kitchen remodeling, you have plenty!
- Wood: Boasting natural and timeless beauty, wood floors are unparalleled in warmth and will never go out of style. Whether you have a cozy, charming rustic kitchen or a classic, elegant space, wood can suit any space—regardless of the style, size, or shape.
- Ceramic tile: This is the material many people automatically think of when it comes to kitchen flooring! Low-maintenance and complementary to nearly any style, ceramic is a viable option for a wide range of kitchens (and budgets). It can also resemble wood and natural stone.
- Vinyl and laminate: Nothing is wrong with going synthetic. Price is one of the most primary appeals of materials like vinyl and laminate, but there are also many color and finish variations if you do prefer something more upscale. In fact, vinyl can be made to mimic real wood, natural stone, ceramic, and more.
There are many more flooring options, but these are some of the most common.
Best Flooring for Your Kitchen
What is the best kitchen flooring? That’s a tough one to answer—there is no best option for all kitchens. It depends on several factors, such as your lifestyle, needs, budget, and personal preferences. Which floor material is the right for your kitchen?
Think about how you live and your top priorities (easy maintenance for cooking? Beauty?).
Consider wood flooring if you…
- Prefer a look that won’t ever go out of style (because it won’t get outdated over time, wood floors may be practical if you’re moving and selling your home)
- Have an open floor plan
Consider ceramic flooring if you…
- Want a material that is low maintenance and easy to deal with
- Prefer a durable, tough material
- Like the look of wood or natural stone without the high price tag or have other restrictions (in one DC row house kitchen remodel, we used porcelain tile that resembles wood plank flooring—the homeowners preferred the look of wood flooring but their kitchen is on a concrete slab, which can cause moisture problems if real wood is applied directly on it)
Consider vinyl or laminate if you…
- Have a tighter budget (it’s all about determining where you want to spend the most—if you’d rather allocate most of your budget to countertops and appliances, for instance, a more affordable floor material may be right for your kitchen)
- Prefer minimal maintenance and cleaning
- Cook a lot
It all depends on your needs and lifestyle. This is just a quick guide—professional remodelers can help you narrow down your options and choose a material that works perfectly for your space.
Kitchen Remodeling in Washington, DC
Looking for a design-build company serving the Washington, DC metropolitan area? Wentworth’s award-winning team has remodeled many kitchens in DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia and can help you determine the best floor for your kitchen. View our portfolio and contact us today to get started on your remodel!