What is the Best Flooring for Kitchens?

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The best flooring options for kitchens are those that effectively handle moisture, are easy to clean, and durable enough to withstand high foot traffic. Several types of flooring meet these criteria, including engineered wood flooring, Laminate flooring and luxury vinyl flooring (LVT & SPC). These options are all water-resistant and can endure the steam and temperature fluctuations in a typical kitchen. LVT’s are particularly noteworthy for their exceptional water / moisture tolerance. Depending on the product’s quality and aesthetic looks, all of these flooring types are also durable enough to withstand heavy foot traffic and are easy to maintain.

Each kitchen flooring option has its pros and cons in terms of durability and cost. For example, vinyl click and laminate floors are among the more affordable options and are relatively easy to install yourself. In contrast, real engineered wood usually requires professional installation. Additionally, each type of flooring is available in a variety of designs, styles, and colors. Thus, besides considering practical characteristics, the choice between different flooring options often depends on your design preferences, style, and budget.

Our Recommendations on Flooring Types for Your Kitchen

Engineered Wood Flooring for Kitchens
Engineered wood flooring is an excellent choice for kitchens due to its combination of beauty, durability, and practical features. Constructed with multiple layers, including a hardwood top layer and a stable core, engineered wood offers enhanced stability and resistance to moisture compared to solid wood, making it well-suited for the kitchen’s fluctuating humidity and temperature levels. Its robust construction prevents warping and swelling, ensuring long-term durability in high-traffic areas. Engineered wood retains the timeless and elegant appearance of real hardwood, adding warmth and sophistication to any kitchen. It is also compatible with underfloor heating, providing additional comfort during colder months. Easy to clean and maintain, engineered wood flooring can withstand daily wear and tear while retaining its aesthetic appeal. With a variety of finishes and styles available, homeowners can achieve a high-end look that complements any kitchen design. Overall, engineered wood combines the natural beauty of hardwood with practical advantages, making it a smart and stylish choice for kitchen flooring.

Advantages: Authentic wood look, moisture resistance, compatible with underfloor heating.

Recommended Products:
Cotton Invisible Oak Chevron Engineered Wood Flooring
Smoked Limed Oak Herringbone Engineered Wood Flooring
Grey Haze Oak Engineered Wood Flooring
Natural Oiled Oak Herringbone Engineered Wood Flooring

Luxury Vinyl Flooring for Kitchen

Our range of Luxury Vinyl flooring (LVT & SPC) is designed to withstand even the busiest of kitchens. Constructed in multiple layers for enhanced dimensional stability, our flexible and rigid LVT collections offer exceptional durability and resistance. Each vinyl flooring option is treated with a reinforced polyurethane finish, providing excellent water resistance and extreme protection against scratches, dents, wear, and stains. This makes LVT ideal for high-traffic kitchens. Unlike natural wood or laminate, LVT is impervious to moisture, preventing warping and swelling from spills and humidity. The high-definition decorative layer mimics the look and feel of natural stone, ceramic tile, or wood flooring, allowing homeowners to achieve high-end aesthetics at a fraction of the cost. Available in a wide range of colors, patterns, and textures, LVT suits any style preference. It is also comfortable underfoot and often slip-resistant, enhancing kitchen safety. Easy to install, with many DIY-friendly options, and requiring minimal maintenance, LVT is both practical and economical. Please note, the subfloor needs to be dead levels for vinyl floors.

Advantage: Durable, Aesthetic Versatility, Slip Resistance, Comfort

Recommended products:
Herringbone Smoked Lime Oak Luxury Vinyl
Herringbone Farmhouse Oak Luxury Vinyl
Malmo Luxury Vinyl
Herringbone Caramel Luxury Vinyl

Laminate Flooring for Kitchens

Laminate flooring is ideal for kitchens due to its durability, ease of maintenance, and aesthetic versatility. Its wear-resistant surface protects against scratches, dents, and stains, making it perfect for high-traffic areas. Laminate is also water-resistant, guarding against common spills and splashes in kitchens, and is easy to clean with regular sweeping and occasional damp mopping. Available in a wide range of styles that mimic natural wood, stone, or tile, laminate offers a high-end look without the high cost or upkeep. Additionally, it is easy to install, often with a click lock mechanism suitable for DIY projects, and provides a comfortable feel underfoot, especially when paired with underfloor heating. Overall, laminate flooring combines practicality and style, making it an excellent affordable choice for any kitchen space.

Advantages: Withstands Heavy Foot Traffic, Scratches, and Stains, Cost-effective, Comfortable, Easy Maintenance, Aesthetic Versatility

Recommended products:
Oslo Herringbone AC5 Laminate Flooring
Helsinki Herringbone AC5 Laminate Flooring
Greige Oak Herringbone Laminate Flooring
Harbour Oak 4V Groove Laminate Flooring
White Oak 4V Groove Laminate Flooring
Camel Oak 4V Groove Laminate Flooring

If you’re looking for more information on the best types of flooring for your kitchen or would like a free consultation please contact us today:

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