The kitchen is the heart of the home. Cooking, cleaning, conversation, this room will host birthdays, Thanksgivings and quiet evenings alone. The best kitchen flooring is going to be durable, water-resistant and stylish. At Floor Coverings International, we have solutions that fit all of your kitchen flooring needs. Contact one of our expert designers to find material and colors that match your style and design needs.

the best flooring for kitchens

Tile & Stone Flooring

Tile and stone floors are some of the most popular and classic looks for kitchens and backsplashes, especially stone and porcelain tiles. Not the most cost effective, but if it is in the budget, it is a beautiful look which will last in the heavy traffic areas of your kitchen. Styles and trends change constantly. Our direct relationships with the largest tile manufacturers enable us to stay up-to-date with new designs and help you find a design that fits your vision. Available in a huge assortment of types, sizes, colors, and patterns, stone and tile are versatile for any palette. Even grout color can be customized to match your kitchen. Stain resistant grout allows for the mess of a kitchen to be no problem. Tile and stone are simple to clean and great for water to bead on top to be wiped away. That said, anti-fatigue mats or rugs are recommended as these floors can be slippery.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is cost-effective, durable, and easily simulates more expensive design options. This option is popular in many homes for many different rooms but is very well suited for kitchens. Water-proof, vinyl floors are simple to clean and easy to replace if damaged. They also have the advantage of being less slippery than tile and with more padding and give for the stay-at-home chefs and dishwashers. Many people enjoy the look of hardwood but not the cost. Wood is also a very bad option for rooms with water as they absorb water, mold and warp easily. Vinyl flooring comes in many designs, colors and styles including many different species of wood. Get a great value for your kitchen floors while still getting the look and feel best suited for the hub of social gatherings in your home.

Rubber Flooring

Rubber flooring is one of the best watertight flooring solutions on the market. Water easily beads on top and is simple to clean. Rubber floors save strain on your feet and back while standing for long periods of time. The floor springs back easily to provide comfort and durability, not to mention a softer floor to cushion dropped glasses, plates and stumbling feet. It will last through many dinners, family gatherings and cooking mishaps. It can be stained by grease and abrasive chemicals can seriously damage it. Be sure and clean up spills immediately. Rubber may not sound like the most stylish of flooring options, but it actually comes in many colors and styles. It can even be made in pieces and designs for interesting floors and easy replacement. This flooring is easy on your wallet, your feet and the environment.

Bamboo and Cork Flooring

Bamboo and cork floors have similar benefits being used for kitchen floors as rubber does. The give and elasticity of cork and bamboo create great back support for long times spent on your feet. These options are attractive and a great choice for saunas, baths, kitchens and basements. Both of these resources are eco-friendly, as they can be harvested from cultivated plants which are easily grown and maintained. Cork and bamboo are less easily installed in homes but can be done well professionally. Cork and bamboo are dyed to match decorating styles and are often cheaper than some more popular flooring options. These floors are very porous and can handle moisture but can stain and absorb liquid. Be sure your bamboo and cork floors are properly sealed to cut down on absorption rates. Be sure and clean up any spills immediately to help the floor last. This is a great flooring option for the budget and environmentally conscious customer.

Your kitchen is the pulse of your home. Invite in family and friends. Create memories that will last longer than the home you are in. Contact Floor Coverings International and let us help you find the best kitchen floor for the center of your home and lives. Schedule a free consultation today. Call us at 803-661-8567 or visit http://columbiawest.floorcoveringsinternational.com/contact/.