Top Durable Kitchen Flooring Ideas
The most important decision when thinking about kitchen flooring ideas should be the function of the flooring. The kitchen is a high-traffic area, prone to spills ranging from water to oils, dishes and wine. You want to look for kitchen flooring materials that are low maintenance and can withstand use over time.
The top durable flooring options include:
– Rubber flooring
– Wood Laminate
Concrete Kitchen Flooring
Concrete has a contemporary look and tone that is hard to match. Durable, it can withstand activity in the busiest kitchens and look great.
There are various finishes you can give concrete to customize its look. Freshly poured concrete can be stamped, while all concrete can be stained, polished, stenciled and waxed.
Tips: If you like concrete flooring and live in a colder climate, consider adding radiant floor heating beneath the concrete to warm up the material’s cold surface.
Pros: Durable, versatile, moisture resistant, contemporary looking.
Cons: Hard if standing is required for prolonged periods, cold, needs re-sealing, can stain.
Cost: Depending on the level of preparation required to install and finish concrete, cost averages range widely between $5 – $60 per square foot installed.
Kitchen Rubber Flooring
Rubber has similar properties to cork, but comes in a larger variety of colors and textures. It’s easy to install adhesive-free thanks to it’s high-grip properties which make it a good temporary flooring upgrade in a rental apartment. It’s cushy, durable and has a non-slip surface. Available in sheeting or tiles.
Tips: Choose richer, darker colors which hide oil stains better. Rubber tiles are easier to install than sheeting. For an earth-friendly kitchen floor, choose recycled rubber flooring, which is also less expensive.
Pros: Recyclable, naturally water and fire-resistant, durable, easy to clean, soft, padded feel.
Cons: Some people are sensitive to the initial smell, oils may stain the rubber’s surface.
Cost: $3.50 – $15.00 per square foot, not including installation.
Stone Kitchen Flooring
There’s a great variety of stone flooring available including the most popular marble, travertine and slate. Because of the variations in pattern and color, stone gives your kitchen flooring a unique, earthy look.
Stone flooring is naturally cool, which is perfect in hotter zones. If installing stone flooring in a cold climate, consider adding sub-floor radiant heat to warm the floors in the winter.
Tips: Purchase at least 25% more than you need and save your receipt to return the rejected stone. Look through all your stone tiles before having them professionally installed. It’s likely that the grain and coloring of the stone will vary dramatically and you’ll want to hand select the pieces you want installed for a similar texture and tonal match.
Pros: Hard, durable surface, easy to clean.
Cons: Certain stones may stain, requires routine sealing, some fragile stones like slate may chip easily.
Cost: Depending on the material, $2 – $40 per square foot. Installation averages at $10 per square foot.
Kitchen Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl is affordable, comes in a variety of textures and styles and is one of the most water-resistant kitchen flooring options. While tiles are easy to install, sheet vinyl requires professional installation.
Tips: Check out the latest wood-look vinyl flooring planks. Easy to install, water resistant enough to be used in a shower, kitchen or wet area and textured to mimic wood grain, it takes a careful look to see if the wood plank vinyl flooring is actually wood or not.
Pros: Easy to install, water resistant, certain styles look just like wood.
Cons: Offgasses potentially harmful chemicals in your home, requires a flawless subfloor to install on, can gouge easily.
Cost: $2 – $10.00 per square foot, not including installation.
Stone Wood Laminate Flooring
Laminate wood flooring is an affordable and durable kitchen flooring idea. The top layer can withstand most abuse. If you add padding beneath, it’s a soft, ergonomic flooring solution. Easy to install and available in a wide variety of styles, laminate wood flooring is a simple, modern solution for kitchen floors.
Tips: Select laminate flooring with the longest warranty possible. Many come with a 25 year guarantee. For extra cushioning when standing, install a manufacturer recommended thin foam sheet layer underneath.
Pros: Durable, cost effective, wide variety of options, easy to install and uninstall.
Cons: Is not as valued as real wood flooring, may be slippery, noisy, not refinishable.
Cost: $2.00 – $10.00 per square foot, not including installation.