The 7 Best Kitchen Flooring Choices For Your Hamptons’ Home In 2019

You can find the best types of kitchen flooring right here.

Whether you’re crafting a new kitchen or remodeling one, you deserve the best kitchen floors.

We believe everyone does.

That’s we came up with this list of 7 of the best types of materials for kitchen floors:

  1. Ceramic (Porcelain)
  2. Tile
  3. Vinyl
  4. Hardwood/Engineered Hardwood
  5. Cork
  6. Natural Stone Tiles
  7. Linoleum
  8. Bamboo

 

You can bring the benefits of great kitchen floors to your home by using one of these materials!

Let’s explore the pros and cons of each of these best kitchen floor materials.

You can also check out our current kitchen remodeling guide >>

1. Ceramic (Porcelain) Tile Kitchen Flooring

You won’t be able to find many materials as durable as ceramic.

Porcelain, a more durable class of ceramic, is especially good for kitchen flooring. You can experience these benefits with ceramic kitchen flooring:

  • Budget-friendly
  • Low maintenance
  • Withstands water damage and stains
  • Hard and durable
  • Available in almost any color, pattern, and other options

 

Its durability can make it uncomfortable to stand on for too long. You can use rugs to make it more comfortable.

They can also be more slippery than other kitchen flooring options. Look for tiles that are ADA slip-resistant.

Professional installation is recommended because even experienced DIYers may find it difficult.

You may find it hard to beat this kitchen flooring.

Well, unless you use the next material on our list.

2. Vinyl For Kitchen Flooring

Like ceramic, vinyl is loved for its durability and variety.

You’re looking at having the same kitchen floors for 10+ years. If you care for it right it can last decades.

People also love to install vinyl flooring for their kitchens because it is:

  • Budget-friendly
  • Water resistant and sometimes waterproof
  • Low maintenance
  • Easy to clean
  • Available in a huge variety of styles

 

It can also be softer underfoot. This means fewer foot aches and a more forgiving floor for falling objects.

Good news for you DIYers: vinyl is easier to install than ceramic.

But it will not add to the resale value of your home.

Vinyl usually comes in large sheets, which means seams (lines) in the floor. If they aren’t tightly sealed, water and dirt can get in and damage the floor.

It isn’t eco-friendly either:

  • Not biodegradable
  • Almost impossible to recycle
  • Made from PVC

 

You can read more about vinyl flooring’s environmental impact >>

3. Hardwood Or Engineered Hardwood Kitchen Flooring

If you like an open floor plan then your future kitchen floors could be made from hardwood.

It can blend seamlessly from kitchen to living room, bathroom, or any other area.

Now engineered hardwood is almost like a disguise. The top layer is real wood, but underneath it is just plywood. It’s a great idea because it:

  • Lessens the price
  • Makes the planks stable
  • Is stronger than hardwood in certain areas
  • Handles spills and moisture well if you choose prefinished
  • Feels great under your feet

 

But even if you choose prefinished hardwood, it is best to wipe up bigger spills quickly.

It can cause the shine to fade too soon.

Thankfully, you can fix hardwood floors with a good sanding and finishing.

But that’s only every 10 years for the most worn floors.

Hardwood floors can help create a warm, inviting atmosphere.

It’s also one of those looks that never really goes out of style, providing you with an amazing look for years.

Which can also add to the resale value to your home.

4. Cork Kitchen Flooring

One of the eco-friendly choices, cork floors work great in kitchens.

You can keep them at their best by resealing them every 3 years. That will mean fewer stains and scratches on them.

Whether they come in 12” x 12” tiles or 1’ x 3’ planks, you can use them to gain these benefits:

  • Softer and more comfortable footing
  • Natural moisture-resistance
  • Less slippery floors
  • Reduce impact noise
  • Less maintenance

 

The natural grain provides an interesting aesthetic too.

But it does have its faults.

If you want to keep them looking amazing, resealing them every 3 years is a must.

You should also keep it out of the sun. Too much can discolor the floors.

Any heavy furniture can cause indentations. Over time the weight can compress the material, though it should spring back up after a while.

5. Natural Stone Tile For Kitchen Floors

In a word, these floors are luxurious. Natural stone tiles are so good they can even be used in outdoor kitchens like the one below:

Which is why they are perfect for if you want to add resale value to your home.

But you will pay a large sum for it upfront.

That’s because natural stone tiles include expensive stones such as marble, slate, granite, and travertine.

But, you will have an amazing piece of art for a floor, especially if you choose marble or granite.

Each piece has a beautiful look you can’t find anywhere else.

You can keep them looking this way by sealing them against moisture twice per year.

Each stone has its own strengths and weaknesses:

  • Marble suffers from scratches and stains more easily
  • Slate can look uneven
  • Granite needs extra support from beneath
  • Travertine cracks easily

 

Overall, if you can afford it and like the look, natural stone tiles are a great choice.

6. Linoleum Flooring For Kitchens

These types of floors have been making a comeback recently.

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If you like eco-friendly materials then linoleum may be the best flooring option for your kitchen. Linoleum is also:

  • Softer on feet
  • Durable (can last for decades)
  • Available in different patterns and colors
  • Easy to maintain

 

They can start to turn darker or yellow when exposed to light for long periods.

You should be careful of slipping on new or newly waxed linoleum floors.

Let’s see what the other eco-friendly choice for kitchen floors is next.

7. Bamboo As A Kitchen Floor

You can be at the front of the style trend with bamboo floors.

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It is an ecologically friendly choice as well. Bamboo is natural and grows quickly.

But improper processing can make it environmentally unfriendly.

People do say that the adhesive used to bind bamboo floors together can emit VOC’s (volatile organic compounds).

So do many household items like cleaners, aerosols, and paints. Some people are more sensitive to it than others but should cause nothing serious.

Bamboo comes with the same benefits as hardwood floors:

  • Durability
  • Water resistance
  • Low maintenance
  • Beautiful patterns
  • Cheaper pricing

 

You can even restore it to its former beauty by sanding and finishing it.

Bamboo does have its drawbacks though:

  • Darker bamboo flooring is usually softer
  • Very dry or humid atmospheres inside can cause it to shrink or expand
  • It scratches more easily
  • It isn’t waterproof

 

Even with these setbacks, bamboo floors are growing in popularity.

Choose Your Favorite Flooring!

You can bring in all the benefits as long as you clean and maintain your kitchen floors well. Each one of these kitchen floors should hold up well in almost any kitchen.

Just make sure it matches the kitchen cabinets.

You can check out our post on remodeling kitchen cabinets >>