With today’s high demand kitchens, you need a high demand flooring that’s durable enough to withstand all the punishment and still look good. Problem is, which one is that when you are looking at so many different solutions that will fit your floor. Sometimes it’s hard narrowing it all down to just one overall choice. Here’s what I think are the 3 best floors for kitchens based off of four simple criteria: attractiveness, durability, cleanliness and price.
This first one has actually been around for a long, long time: Linoleum Flooring. Linoleum comes in both individual tile and rolled sheet form. Made from products like rosin, sawdust and all natural linseed oil, linoleum is a lightweight and easy to install alternative floor. This material can be laid directly on your concrete slab and secures tightly with either glue or an adhesive backing.
Prized for being a very economical floor covering, it’s sheer makeup makes it easy to clean and will resist most all stains. It is waterproof and moisture resistant making them an ideal floor for wet mopping and cleanup.
Not only that, you don’t need a professional installer to put these in. This is a definite do-it-yourself project where you could have a new floor in a day. The only real skills involved in laying linoleum is to make sure you start off square and finish square, and that you can cut a straight line for the perimeter pieces.
Used to, you could only get one or two styles and patterns with a slight range of primary colors in linoleum. These days, however, you have a world of options at your fingertips that are both more durable and attractive than the prior years. With more intricate designs and patterns and a simply huge array of colors to choose from, there’s no telling what you could end up with on your floor.
This next one is a lot like the first one except that it is made entirely from man-made materials versus natural materials. Yep, I’m talking about vinyl kitchen flooring. These floors are just as durable and will last just as long as a linoleum one, but they might be a little more expensive.
Still, they are super simple to install and just as easy to keep clean. The only thing really is you want to make sure the concretes clean before installation otherwise you’ll likely see the bumps coming up through the vinyl. Other than that, the floor doesn’t have to be perfectly level, just needs to be smooth.
Vinyl floors are also waterproof. Therefore, there’s no reason to freak out if the kids accidentally spill something or you happen to drop some grease or oil on the floor. Just break out your broom and mop again and get to cleaning it right up.
Like linoleum, vinyl also comes in both sheets and tiles. I actually prefer the vinyl sheets over the tiles for one simple reason, fewer seams. Inevitably over time, those seams will show some dirt and grime. You can clean them out, but I just prefer to not see it in the first place. The seams make for an easy place for dirt to gather. I will also say though, in my opinion, vinyl tiles are actually easier to install than sheets, a lot less cutting and since most tiles come with adhesive backing there’s no glue to deal with. The only other good thing to me about tiles is that if one does mess up, you can easily replace it versus the whole sheet.
If you are interested though in installing vinyl sheet flooring, watch this quick video on the installation process to see what you might be in for first:
Or, you could stick with a qualified and old-time favorite that’s good in both bathrooms and kitchens: ceramic tile. This flooring is one of the longest-lasting kitchen floors you can ever get into your home. One thing to note, it will absolutely be more expensive than both linoleum and vinyl, but considering the life of the product and the added value to your home, it makes it a very cost-effective floor.
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