9 Different Flooring Options [Including Pros & Cons]

Jul 5, 2020 | Remodeling

Flooring Options

When designing your kitchen, many designers often advice it to be the starting point. The kitchen floor should lead the scheme for the rest of your kitchen. Most of the times, the kitchen floor is overlooked because of appliances, and other accessories.

This should not be the case since the kitchen floor occupies most of the space in the room.

Here are some of the most accredited kitchen floors. Their advantages, and disadvantages are also discussed in this article.

1. Ceramic floors

Ceramic tiles are made from clay. They go through the heating process in an oven to make them hard. The hardness in the material makes them impervious to water, and hard to stain.

Pros

The tiles contain porcelain, which makes it last on normal conditions. It is mainly unbreakable under normal circumstances, and very resistant to heat. Ceramic tiles are mostly easy to design in different shapes.

The cost of ceramic tiles is not high. The installation of ceramic floors is very affordable. As a result, you can invest a lot more on the design, and the overall look of the kitchen.

For the people that have allergies the ceramic tiles are ideal. Ceramic tiles do not accommodate hair, dust particles or any other allergens. They rarely give a habitat to allergens, and are easy to clean.

Cons

However, the ceramic tiles have some shortcomings. The tiles build a cold insulation on them as they become cold. This is often solved by installing a home heating system before having the tiles. When other people see the hardness as an advantage, others see it as very unnecessary and extreme. If you have to install ceramic tiles and you mind the hardness, you can use area rugs on them.

The ceramic tiles are heavy. In order to install them you have to check if the floor can accommodate all the weight added to it. It would be disastrous to add ceramic tiles to lightweight floors.

The ceramic floors are not easy to clean. The main reason behind this is the grout that is found in between tiles. The grout is very difficult to clean, and more often than not, you will end up replacing it.

2. Bamboo Wood

Bamboo is a common material used in the building of kitchen floors. As opposed to hardwood, it is much more resistant to heat, and moisture damage. It is the most durable wood option for modern small sized kitchens that can serve for many years. Another advantage is that wood requires very little maintenance.

Pros

Bamboo floors are extremely durable and can last for decades. In many occurrences they are hard to scratch or crack

Bamboo floors are resistant to heat, and moisture damage.
Wood floors allow for various design transitions in open kitchen homes. They allow creative freedom to prevail, you can work on your desired shapes, colors, and sizes when installing them.

Wooden floors require little to none maintenance. The floor is not susceptible to gouges.

Bamboo floors add to the resale value of homes. They are luxury floors. When designing and installing the floors, the value increases. They are desired by people who have expensive taste.

The sound quality of the house is improved. This is because no echoes, hollow sounds, or vibrations occur. This is one type of floor used even in noisy public areas like a club. Sound is reflected perfectly.

Cons

Bamboo floors are not environmentally friendly as they contribute to deforestation. This ends up hampering environmental conservation efforts. Many companies that depend on creation of bamboo floors are forced to plant their own.

They have limited design options available in the market. As stated earlier they can come in various shapes, and designs. However, this requires more money and expertise for it to give the best results.

Bamboo floors require experienced experts to install. The installation process is not easy and requires a lot of time too. If a mistake is done the floor starts peeling and that is not appealing in any way.

3. Hardwood

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood is durable but doesn’t compare to bamboo flooring. It is much more susceptible to staining, and damage over periods of time, especially where moisture is an issue in high humidity areas. They also incur more expenses. However, these expenses can be reduced with the use of sealants, and polyurethane finishes.

They are the cheapest flooring option, and regular sanding will be a requirement to restore brand new looks.

Pros

Hardwood floors can withstand heavy traffic kitchens. Consequently, they are best suited for commercial kitchens. This is mainly because of the fact that they can support excess spillage and moisture retention

Using hardwood floors for aesthetics is encouraged. You can easily come up with impressive designs for your kitchen floors. This is especially at home where you have the creative freedom that you need to make a good looking kitchen that meets your standards.

Hardwood floors can increase the resale value of homes. In case you want to rent out your house or sell it, hardwood kitchen floors add more value to your house.

Cons

Hardwood floors can be expensive to install. This is mainly because of the expertise that comes with installation. The materials too are expensive as getting hardwood trees is a huge task. The laws on the lumbering of hardwood trees are also strict in most countries.

Replacing broken planks of wood on your kitchen floor is very expensive. You might need to re-install most of the kitchen floor for uniformity. This may turn out to be quite expensive.

Engineered hardwood floors are laced with resins, adhesives, and are hence not environmentally friendly.

4. Natural Stone Tile

Natural Stone Tile Flooring

These are a much better option than ceramic tiling as they are derived from natural stone. They are expensive to install as they include materials such as limestone, marble, among others.

Their porosity makes for a non-durable option of flooring, and require regular maintenance even with high quality sealants. They are a signature of luxury.

Pros

Natural stone tiles can give your kitchen a natural designer look. They blend in properly with the surrounding appliances. You can also design and have the colors match or complement each other.

Natural stone tile floors can add to the resale value of homes
Natural stone tiling options come in a wide array of designs with numerous material to choose from. You can create the most aesthetically pleasing kitchen floor while still maintaining high quality.

Natural stone tile floors that are derived from naturally occurring rocks can be extremely durable and serve you for decades. The collection of these natural stones does not affect the environment in any way. Some natural stone artists can come up with ways to color them to your desired design.

Cons

Cheaper variants of natural stone tiles on the market can be susceptible to wear and tear in high traffic. This is especially the case in commercial kitchens. Some of them crack and scratch with the slightest appliance of force. Shopping for the best quality is a task.

Natural stone tiles are heavy, and difficult to move around during transport requiring the services of experienced professionals to install. The installation process also takes a long time. Some of the floors are not durable enough to go through all this trouble.

Natural stone tile floors are very expensive. Collecting and mining is a very tiresome process. The cost to find and mine them is also very expensive. They are an acquired taste for many homeowners.

5. Concrete

Concrete Flooring

Concrete floors are another affordable option for ground level kitchens only second to Hardwood floors. They can be poured over existing materials and can serve for a considerably long period of time.

They have more or less the same drawbacks as ceramic floors including being cold on the feet. They can also be aesthetically displeasing depending on the tastes of the kitchen. However, they can last indefinitely.

Pros

Concrete floor installation is not complex. As a result, the kitchen floor can be installed by a DIY artist as opposed to an expert. The only thing that is required is the supervision of the work and following the instructions.

Can be “poured” over existing floors. This means that a paste is made, and evened out to come up with a good kitchen floor.

Concrete floors are extremely durable and can last for decades. Many homes have concrete floors for the whole house. This is one of the most ancient forms of flooring.

Concrete floors can withstand a high volume of spillage. With a little effort, cleaning can be effectively done. Concrete flooring is also not susceptible to stains.

Concrete floors are resistant to heat, and moisture damage. They withstand any temperatures, and insulate the kitchens. They do not crack due to absorbing water when properly installed.

Concrete floors, when built well, are proper for high volume home kitchens, and commercial kitchens.

Cons

Concrete floor designs are limited by the materials from which they are built
Concrete floors can be aesthetically displeasing, ugly even. You can barely design an even out kitchen floor. They also come in one color of your choice per installation.

Due to their nature, concrete floors can be cold underfoot rendering them disadvantageous for cold climate areas. The insulation retains the cold for a long time.

6. Linoleum

Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum floors are considered old fashioned as they were used in older style kitchens years ago. They are very durable but the durability varies with a number of conditions.

Everyday use guarantees a life of nearly 35 years. However, they can be destroyed by flooding due to weather conditions or additional plumbing. They are cheap to install, and have a long life. However, durability is only a guarantee as long as they are of the highest quality.

Pros

Linoleum floors are cheap on the market as they have been around for a long time. They are locally available in most areas. This makes it very easy to source them. Installation processes are very short, and installers are readily available.

They require very little training to install. Consequently, a DIY installer can work on the installation with tutorials from YouTube.

Linoleum floors, when selected, and installed well, can last for decades rendering them as one of the most durable options. Ancient homes have had this as an option for flooring. They are especially great for kitchens.

Cons

Due to the materials that they are manufactured from, linoleum floors can be damaged by flooding resulting from plumbing issues or natural causes. They absorb moisture very easily. They also absorb a lot of heat and retain it. This ends up damaging the floors.

Lower quality linoleum floors have a diminished life span. Because of their extreme availability, vendors can easily stock low quality linoleum floor materials. It is the duty of the buyer to research and know the best material to buy.

Damaged linoleum floors can be a headache to replace. Most of the times you are expected to re install the whole floor.

7. Vinyl

Vinyl Flooring

This is the easiest-to-install, modern-day, cheapest floor option available in the market. They have long life spans and are easy to maintain. They are also the most versatile flooring option there is. DIY builders have a significant range of aesthetic options to choose from.

Comes in sheets that can be rolled on existing floors or tiles and mimic ceramic tiles.

Pros

Vinyl floors, by virtue of their material, are easy to clean and maintain. Their surfaces are smooth and require very little effort to clean. You can clean the surfaces with simple water, and mop without having to look for special products.
Sourcing of vinyl floors is very easy. Many vendors have these floors ready for purchase.

Vinyl floor installation is user friendly, especially for DIY installation
They come in a wide assortment of designs and sizes. Because of the fact that they are readily available, the vendors source from very many different artists who create quality designs. This floor option gives room for aesthetics, and creative direction during installation.

Vinyl floors come in high qualities rendering them extremely durable. They have a potential lifespan many decades. They have been used to create the best kitchen s in the world. They are also used for commercial kitchens.

Some options are waterproof. Depending on the quality needed, some options have better qualities compared to others.

Cons

Vinyl floors are not environmentally harmful. They affect the natural habitats of animals since the materials used take thousands of years to decompose.

Vinyl floors are also hard to maintain. With installation, there is the use of gouges that are not easily cleaned. They are also very prone to scratches and cracks. Most of the time, the replacement of the floors is a costly option when you have to reinstall the whole floor.

When installing these floors, it is important to note that they do not exactly add value to your home. As a result, they are not the best kitchen option for a commercial house.
The kitchen floor cannot also be used for commercial kitchen options since they are not durable.

8. Cork

Cork Flooring

For the environmentalists, cork is an option that is suitable as it is derived from tree barks that grow back (a plus for sustainability). They come in simple 12” by 12” tiles or planks that are easy to install. With proper maintenance they can last for decades.

The only drawback, albeit minor, is that they would require application of sealant every 4-5 years to remedy stains, scratches, and wear that result from usage to restore their looks.

Pros

Cork kitchen floors are durable. This is because of the fact that they are strong and hard to avoid cracking. They are also air and water-resistant. Kitchen floors made from cork can easily last over 30 years when properly maintained.

The floors are very healthy. This is mainly due to the fact that they have resistible effect to mildew and termites. The floors do not shed their fibers with time. Other materials have a distinct smell. However, this floor material is very unique and does not need products to curb smell.

Using cork flooring for your kitchen is very safe. In case of a fire the floor will require very high flames to ignite or melt. Unlike vinyl flooring, they do not release toxic materials in case of combustion.

With the use of cork flooring for your kitchen, you experience the comfort. They are built in a way that they will cushion your feet and absorb your weight or that of your appliances without breaking. The floor is also very acoustically versatile as it absorbs sound within the house. The kitchen will be warm and quiet when you use this flooring.

This floor option is very aesthetically versatile. They come in planks and tiles that can come in various designs. When using planks, you can create uniform floors. In other options, you can choose tiles that give you room for creative freedom around your kitchen.

Cons

With the comfort of the kitchen floor, it comes with the ability to damage easily. A simple scratch can be found from any sharp object. In order to maintain the floor, it is advisable to avoid having many appliances in the kitchen. The kitchen floor option cannot be used for a commercial kitchen.

Cork floor is very good at retaining moisture. The moisture destroys the surface of the cork floor very easily. In other cases exposure to sunlight can fade the kitchen floor surface.

The kitchen requires maintenance procedures often for durability. The kitchen is mostly refurbished every 5 years otherwise, the floor will not last for long.

The variety pool for cork flooring are limited to tiles and planks. The option to customize the floor is not available, and thus the customers have limited colors to choose from.

9. Laminate

Laminate Flooring

Almost as cheap as vinyl, this option is considered a synthetic option to hardwood flooring. It looks, and feels like hardwood. It is also easy to install and maintain. It is a good material for DIY builders due to its ease of installation and variety in design.

It is easy to maintain and lasts for decades with little or no maintenance.

Pros

Laminate floors are easy to install (DIY). They do not require expertise and need very little training

You have a wide variety of designs to choose from. Because the options can be created from various materials. There are also many colors and designs to choose from.

Laminate kitchen floors are durable and require very little effort to maintain. Cleaning the surfaces is very easy.

Many laminate floors feel very hard on the foot. Most of the time, they are made with a foam underlining them for comfort purposes. The design helps in absorbing hollow sounds.

In the ancient past, laminate floors were very slippery. New improvements have been made to the current kitchen floors making them texturized.

People who suffer from allergies prefer laminate floors. This is because of the fact that the floor does not trap any dust particles and allergens easily.

Cons

These kitchen options are very susceptible to scratches and cracks.
Sometimes, the kitchen floor option has gouges in between tiles, which are not easy to clean.

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