Six Flooring Options to Consider for Your Kitchen Remodel

Flooring option for your home's kitchen remodel by Beissel Renovation.

Kitchen flooring receives a high volume of foot traffic and daily wear, which means it is important to choose flooring that is beautiful and durable. When considering popular options like hardwood, ceramic tile, vinyl, laminate, bamboo, and concrete, look for those that deliver memorable and lasting style, practical function, low maintenance, and comfort before making your final decision.

Here are some things to consider as you explore kitchen flooring options.

The Pros and Cons of Kitchen Flooring Options

1. Ceramic Tile

This extremely durable kitchen flooring option is easy to clean and resistant to heat. It is highly customizable, so you can achieve the perfect look for your space. This is the most moisture-resistant kitchen flooring option available, making it a popular choice. Available in a wide variety of colors and shapes, it can mimic the look of wood or stone. When it is installed correctly and maintained well, it lasts for many years and keeps looking great!

Cons: While it is easy to clean, you may need to have it professionally cleaned on occasion to brighten up the grout between your tile.

2. Hardwood

This durable flooring option works well throughout your kitchen (and entire house). Modern sealers and polyurethane finishes can be applied to hardwood flooring to improve the resistance to moisture, which can often be a factor in kitchens. 

Hardwood is a comfortable flooring material to stand on, delivers a great return on investment (ROI), and increases the value of your house. Hardwood flooring comes in various color and style options, so you can achieve the aesthetic you desire. 

Cons: While hardwood is easy to refinish, it may get scratched or show signs of moisture issues over time.

3. Luxury Vinyl Flooring

Traditional vinyl flooring has been a homeowner’s budget-friendly choice for many years, but can wear quickly and tends to fade, leaving your kitchen looking less than ideal. On the other hand, luxury vinyl flooring can last up to twice as long as traditional vinyl flooring!

Luxury vinyl flooring is customizable, can mimic the look of wood or natural stone, and is available in tiles or planks. This water-resistant, stain-resistant, and non-porous flooring option is simple to clean and maintain, making it a practical choice for homeowners. 

Cons: Traditional vinyl flooring lasts about 10 years, and luxury vinyl lasts about 20 years, so although the initial investment is appealing, you may need to replace your kitchen floor sooner than with other flooring material options, like hardwood or ceramic tile. 

4.  Bamboo 

If you want the look hardwood floors provide, but with greater moisture resistance, bamboo is worth considering. Its manufacturing process makes it more resistant to water damage, and therefore more durable when used in kitchens. Like hardwood floors, some bamboo floors can be refinished.The three types of bamboo flooring include:

  • Strand Woven is known for its durability. This solid bamboo flooring is pressed and made into planks.
  • Engineered Bamboo is made of planks topped with bamboo and a waterproof coating. 
  • Solid Bamboo is made by bonding sliced bamboo together. 

Cons: Bamboo easily absorbs water, so if you do choose this flooring option, Strand Woven or Engineered Bamboo is recommended over Solid Bamboo.

5. Concrete 

Concrete flooring delivers amazing durability when installed by an experienced remodeling contractor. It will not scratch or dent, and it can be sealed, making it almost entirely waterproof. Concrete flooring can deliver a fashionable, high-end look, giving you years of low-maintenance enjoyment. 

This eco-friendly flooring option can improve indoor air quality by inhibiting mold, mildew and odors, and it contains no potentially harmful VOCs. Concrete has a variety of customizable options and comes in a range of colors and textures:

  • Stains give concrete flooring a translucent finish with a distinct aesthetic. 
  • Dyes are added to concrete on-site, and create a more vibrant hue. 
  • Paint can be applied to concrete flooring for the perfect look.
  • Integral color is added to concrete during the mixing process. 
  • Texture options include troweled, smooth, or polished concrete. 
  • Stamped concrete offers distinct patterns such as tile, stone, or wood. 

Cons: Concrete is a hard material, so it may not be as comfortable to stand on as other flooring options. If you drop your favorite glass goblet on it, the chances of it shattering are high. Area rugs can help dampen the blow if you want better protection and comfort. Due to the change in temperature and settling, concrete can also develop cracks over time, even when it is installed correctly. 

6. Laminate

Homeowners who want the look of hardwood floors but with a more budget-friendly price often turn to laminate flooring. This multi-layer product has a photo layer (a well-rendered photo of wood within a durable clear coating) that has been applied to a particle board or fiberboard backing. Its floating plank design is easy to install. 

Cons: Laminate is less durable than other flooring options. In the past, it did not have a great track record as a water-resistant flooring option, but the newer, high-end laminates have more reliable water-resistant abilities. 

Get the Beautiful Kitchen Remodel You Have Been Dreaming Of

As the heart of your home, every aspect of your kitchen renovation should contribute to the beauty and function of this important space. New flooring and other kitchen remodeling projects can create the ideal backdrop where meals are prepared and shared, memories are made, and relationships are nurtured.

Drawing on over 73 years of experience, our team at Beissel Renovation understands the significance of every detail in crafting the perfect kitchen space. With our expertise, we seamlessly blend stylish elements and premium materials to create the contemporary upgrade you envision. Discover how our kitchen remodeling services can transform your dreams into reality!