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Kitchen Floor


Kitchen floors typically endure heavy traffic, frequent spills and dropped objects. And between meal preparation and cleanup, you may spend a great deal of time on your feet in a kitchen, so durability, stain and soil resistance, easy cleaning, comfort, style and safety are all important factors.

Choosing the Right Floor

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While vinyl may be the most popular choice for kitchen flooring, other flooring types that work well in kitchens include laminate, tile and wood.

Vinyl's high durability, ease of maintenance and resistance to water, stains and spills make it ideal for the kitchen. It's affordable, easy to install and available in an array of styles, colors and patterns. Vinyl's resilience is also easier on the feet than other hard-surface floors; that same resilience can absorb the impact of a dropped glass, cushion a child's fall and add traction to the floor's surface.

Today's laminate floors offer the look of wood floors with several advantages. Laminate is more affordable, easier to install, more resistant to scratching and fading, and never needs refinishing. Laminate floors can also simulate ceramic and natural stone tile floors, but they are easier to install and more affordable than either.

Ceramic Tile
Ceramic tile is the most durable flooring available, and it offers outstanding resistance to water, stains and dirt. Plus it's easy to clean and maintain. Tile floors can be complicated to install, and are generally more expensive than other floors. The hardness that makes tile so durable also makes it the least comfortable type of floor.

With recent advances in finishes and in engineered products, the beauty of wood can now be enjoyed in the kitchen. Wood floors are durable in most homes, though they don't resist scratches and dents as well as laminate and tile do.

Cork floors are highly durable, resistant to water and stains, easy to clean and naturally resilient. A cork floor will cushion your feet and give a spring back to each step, so it's very comfortable.