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Best Flooring for Kitchens | The Good Guys

For many families, the kitchen is the heart of the home.

From weekend get-togethers, holidays, parties, and Sunday night dinners with the extended family,

your kitchen can see some of the heaviest foot traffic of your whole household.

When selecting flooring for your kitchen there are special considerations to keep in mind

to ensure your floors stand up to years of wear and tear and continue to shine.

First and foremost is durability.

Scratches from dog claws and dents from dropping dishes -- we all know accidents can happen,

so when they do, you want a floor with a generous wear-layer that can withstand the abuse of day to day life.

Along with the bathroom and laundry, the kitchen is considered a “wet room.”

Selecting a waterproof or water-resistant flooring is a smart step

to ensure you protect your subflooring in the event of a plumbing leak.

Lastly, as with any home improvement project,

flooring is an investment you make toward the value of both your home and your own peace of mind.

Final costs can vary based on materials selected and difficulty of installation,

but even those who are on a shoestring budget have plenty of options when it comes to kitchen flooring.

Tile is a great choice for heavy-traffic areas.

Water-resistant, fire-resistant, stain and chip resistant

-- this heavy hitter is a mainstay for kitchen floors.

Available in a myriad of materials, such as porcelain, ceramic, glass, or natural stone,

tile flooring is as versatile as it is beautiful.

Today gray-toned wood-look plank tile is a very popular choice,

though tile is also available in solid color, stone- or marble-look in a variety of size and shape formats.

Many tile manufacturers have complete lines of tile

with coordinating mosaics and trims, for a polished, cohesive look.

Your friends at The Good Guys recommend selecting a floor tile

with texture for added safety and slip-resistance.

The recent industrial decor trend brought with it a renewed appreciation for stained concrete flooring.

Perfectly suited for heavy traffic areas,

concrete floors can be stained or texture stamped to look like marble, leather, stone, or wood planks.

Like tile, concrete flooring is water-resistant, heat, dent, and chip-resistant,

and offers one of the lower price-points in our list.

Traditional and timeless, wood flooring is a warm and classic flooring option for kitchens or the whole home.

Better suited to medium traffic areas, hardwood flooring brings an element of nature indoors!

While hardwood flooring is neither water-resistant nor waterproof,

solid hardwood flooring is still a durable option as it can be

refinished as needed to remove scratches and defects.

The Good Guys professionally install Red Oak, Hickory, Maple, Ash, and Birchwood flooring,

available in finishes that suit your home’s character:

smooth, wire-brushed, and machine- or hand-scraped.

If you like the look of wood, but your wallet is weary,

vinyl and laminate plank flooring present wood-look for less green.

Glue-down vinyl plank flooring is great for heavy-traffic areas or for spaces with rolling islands,

but should not be installed on top of a high-moisture sub-floor,

such as a below-grade concrete pad or basement-level kitchen.

Because of their interlocking installation method,

rigid-core vinyl and laminate plank are available in both water-resistant and waterproof options,

and are suitable for medium to heavy traffic and high humidity-prone areas.

There you have it!

The best flooring options for kitchens are durable, hard-working, hard surface materials.

A floor that can take on the daily grind, and wipe clean in no time.

For more expert advice on flooring and renovating your home,

visit The Good Guys showroom or browse online at GoodGuyFlooring.com.