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What is the Best Floor for a Kitchen?

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When it comes to Kitchens, what is the best flooring choice? Which types of floors are most durable? What are the Pros and Cons for Kitchen flooring options?

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and for many families, it’s the one room that you spend the most time in and gets the most foot traffic. So what is the best floor for a kitchen? Well, I would argue that there isn’t a BEST choice, but rather there are several great choices. I would also say that there are pros and cons for each choice; you just need to determine which factors are most important for you, your kitchen and your family needs.

I would also say the answers to some of these factors will vary a bit based on where you live (e.g. warm climate vs cool climate), and what type of sub-floor you have (e.g. plywood vs concrete…often related to climate/housing structures). And, of course, we have that other factor – BUDGET. Thankfully, there are many great flooring options for kitchens that can work with your preferences and your budget.

By far, the most preferred and popular kitchen flooring options are hardwood floors and tile. These are the most upscale, they last the longest and improve the value of your home. But, there are also some wonderful mid grade and niche items that are rising in popularity including Luxury Vinyl Plank/Engineered Vinyl Plank (e.g. Coretec Plus,Cork flooring and linoleum tile.

Coretec Plus has been growing since it looks like hardwood and it’s waterproof. It’s also a very versatile product that can be installed on top of concrete, existing tile and can even be installed by some do-it-yourselfers. Cork and linoleum have been on the rise due to their green/environmentally friendly properties as well as comfort on your feet.

And, of course, there are some more lower priced items, such as laminate, bamboo, sheet vinyl, etc. These would not be my first choices, but if you are very budget constrained, they will save you some money in the short term (they generally do not last as long, so in the long term, they will cost you more as they will need to be replaced sooner).

This Kitchen flooring guide is divided into 3 sections:

1. Most preferred/highest budget: Hardwood and tile flooring

2. Mid Grade budget/great alternatives: Luxury Vinyl Plank (e.g. Coretec Plus), Cork flooring, Linoleum Tile

3. Lower budget options/Least preferred (some definite downsides): Laminate, bamboo, Sheet vinyl, Peel & Stick Tile, carpet

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Most popular/preferred Kitchen Flooring Options (Higher end): Hardwood floors and Tile Flooring

In Mid to higher end homes, the preference (and often expectation) is to use hardwood flooring or tile floors for the kitchen. These give your kitchen an upscale look, they are highly durable and they improve your home’s value. In my opinion, they are both great options. But, if I had to choose one over the other, I would probably recommend hardwood flooring for those in colder climates and tile flooring for those in warmer climates.

Please note that I’ve written a full in depth article on hardwood vs tile flooring for kitchens. This is a quick summary of the Pros and Cons for both wood and tile floors. Read the full article here (hardwood vs tile for kitchens) for more details.

Advantages for Solid Hardwood flooring for kitchens

  • Most stylish, preferred
  • Warmer and easier on your feet (especially important if you spend a lot of time cooking or gathering)
  • Makes your home look larger (assuming you have hardwood in adjoining rooms)
  • Generally less expensive than tile (when you factor in labor…and assuming you have a plywood sub-floor)
  • Improves the value of your home more (and has higher return on investment)
  • Lasts longer (solid hardwood generally will last 100+ years
  • Never goes out of style, can be sanded and refinished to change the color if you want a change (or a new buyer has a different color preference)
  • Easier to repair
  • Easier to clean (vs tile where dirt gets stuck in the grout and discolors it)

Disadvantages to hardwood flooring in kitchens:

  • Isn’t waterproof (but note: it is much easier to repair)
  • Scratches (note: it can be refinished)
  • There may be height issues with your appliances (and/or cabinets) if they are already installed
  • You will need to periodically refinish the floors (e.g. every 7 to 10 years). This is a bit of an inconvenience (but can be done while you’re away).

Advantages for Tile flooring in kitchens:

  • High end look
  • Waterproof
  • Resistant to scratches
  • Ability to go lighter in appearance (e.g. white/cream)…and this goes better when you have mid toned, cherry or dark cabinets
  • Variety of colors, styles and shapes…including tiles that look like hardwood planks. Many design choices.
  • Tile floors work well with radiant heat; they conduct the heat better making your feet warmer.

Drawbacks to Tile floors:

  • Hard on your feet
  • Cold on your feet (this is a real disadvantage in the winters for colder environments, but could be an advantage in warmer climates)
  • Can be slippery for pets
  • Items that fall on tile may break (could also be an issue for aging adults)
  • Tiles can crack (and it’s challenging and sometimes impossible to repair)
  • Louder/noisier
  • Usually this is more expensive, especially in colder climates (due to labor rates, floor prep and based on sub-floor)
  • More expensive to replace (and more difficult to repair)
  • Tile choices go out of style and these can date your kitchen

Quick thoughts on wood for kitchen floors – important considerations:

Please note that I would strongly recommend solid hardwood for kitchens over engineered wood. If you have a concrete sub-floor, and your choice is between engineered wood and tile, I’d probably recommend tile for your kitchen. Please also note that I would strongly recommend unfinished hardwood over pre-finished hardwood for kitchens.

You can read a more in depth article about hardwood vs tile in kitchens in this article.

And, you may also find these articles helpful:

  • Real hardwood vs tile planks that look like hardwood – Pros and Cons for each.
  • Solid vs engineered wood
  • Hardwood flooring trends for 2017

Mid range budget/up and coming alternatives for kitchen floors – luxury vinyl, cork, linoleum squares

Luxury Vinyl/Engineered Vinyl Planks (e.g. Coretec Plus) for kitchen floors

One of the most innovative products to hit the market place is Coretec Plus. I love this product. It looks like hardwood flooring, but it’s waterproof! Yes, waterproof, so it’s a great option for kitchens and other areas that prone to water or moisture. The product looks really real (and stylish of course), and in my opinion looks better than most engineered hardwood and head and shoulders above laminate floors.

Coretec Plus has an attached cork underlayment, so it makes it a bit softer on your feet, as well as warmer (and it’s better for sound absorption). Coretec Plus can be installed on top of most surfaces including plywood, concrete and even tile (so if you don’t want to rip up tile, this is a great option). It comes in a variety of colors (from light to dark…and even grays). And, they do have this available in tile looks, too. You can read a full review of the product here.

Coretec Plus is an engineered vinyl plank (meaning it’s layered in the same way that an engineered hardwood is constructed. It’s 8 mm thick so it has some dimensional stability and it helps make it feel like real hardwood flooring (and not like vinyl).

There are other forms of luxury vinyl as well, such as glue down luxury vinyl. This is usually waterproof, too (but some of the cheap brands are not waterproof). A glue down vinyl is a good option when your floors are wavy and uneven and you don’t want to invest in leveling the floor. (This would occur more often in basements).

Cork flooring for kitchens

Cork flooring is also another great option for kitchens. It’s extremely water and mold resistant and it provides a great cushioning and softness for your feet. It’s unlike any other floor that I’ve stepped on. Cork floors also provide some insulation, so they are warmer on your feet. This will really come in handy during the winter in cooler climates as you’ll feel warmer (and you may even save a bit on heating bills).

Cork is a green product and you can read more about how it’s made in this article: How is cork flooring made and how is it environmentally friendly? It’s really fascinating to understand the process for this unique flooring.

Cork now comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Most cork is in the form of flooring that floats and be installed on top of most surfaces including concrete and tile (as long as the surface is level).

When kitchen items fall on a cork floor, they are unlikely to break (and BTW, this is also a nice option if you have an older family member as they are less likely to fall and injure themselves).

One downside with cork is that it’s a very niche and taste specific product. Some people love love love it; others don’t like it at all. So, it’s generally not a good option if you are looking to sell your house soon.

Linoleum tile for kitchens

Linoleum has been growing due to its retro style and its green properties. Many do get the terms vinyl and linoleum mixed up (see this article: What’s the difference between linoleum and vinyl?). Linoleum is an eco-friendly product made with linseed oil; vinyl is a synthetic petroleum based product.

Linoleum is a nice option for those looking for a colorful and/or a subtle retro look (could work a farmhouse look, too) and for those seeking a water resistant option. Linoleum comes in both rolls and tiles. The rolls are not very compatible for kitchens as they are 6.5 ft wide and most kitchens are of course wider than, so you would have seams in the middle (they can, however, work well in smaller bathrooms. Instead linoleum tiles work well, regardless of kitchen size, and they look nicer anyway. Also, you have the ability to do more than one color (e.g. do a checkered pattern) or even multi-colored and make a fun pattern (tends to work better for larger open rooms (such as a basement, rather than a kitchen which is cut out with cabinets).

Note: Linoleum uses a specialized adhesive that is also eco-friendly (avoid using vinyl adhesive).

Lower budget choices – Laminate, bamboo, sheet vinyl, peel & stick tile, carpet

The following items would not be products I would typically recommend for a kitchen. They are simply lower priced budget item. They each have some strong drawbacks. But, if money is the primary concern and these are all you can afford to do, they at least do provide some cheaper options. Sometimes people install these because it’s all they can afford; sometimes it’s because they are misinformed or don’t know any better, sometimes they do this because it’s a rental or they are selling their house and just want to spend the least amount as possible. I would not expect any of these to last that long.

Laminate flooring for kitchens

Laminate would not be my first choice for kitchens as it’s NOT waterproof. In fact, it’s almost the opposite as it can absorb water and moisture like a sponge. See this article: Is laminate waterproof? Many mistakenly install laminate in the kitchens (or basement) because they think it’s waterproof, but this is a mistaken assumption.

And, many that are installing laminate in their kitchen are doing this because it’s cheap (and it is relatively cheap) and it’s available for a cheap price in some of the Big Box Stores. But, I will warn you that there is a a reason these laminates are cheap…and that’s because the use low quality materials and are cheaply made. They are most often made in China, and some may contain formaldehyde which isn’t safe (and it may not be CARB compliant. Many of these stores are under legal investigation, not just the one you can see in this 60 Minutes Investigation.

But, even putting ethics and health aside, the cheap laminate products that you can buy simply don’t hold up well. They delaminate rather quickly just from normal wear and tear, and normal cleaning (which of course exposes the floor to water). And, for rooms that more wear and tear and more moisture, like kitchens, they delaminate and wear down faster.

One advantage to laminate flooring is that they are relatively scratch resistant, so that can hold up pretty well if you have pets and a busy household. A second big advantage to laminate is that they can often be installed on top of concrete and tile (as long as the room is level and the sub-floor isn’t wavy.

Now, I have made a bit of a general statement here about laminates because there are some high quality and more durable laminates out there, and those are way better than the more prevalent laminates that I see in most houses and those that are available in most Big Box Stores. But, if you are going to spend more on a good laminate, in my opinion, I would recommend switching to a more durable and waterproof luxury vinyl product such as Coretec Plus (see above). Unlike laminate, Coretec Plus is waterproof. (It would generally cost same or sometime less than higher grade laminates).

Sheet vinyl or peel & stick vinyl tiles

Sheet vinyl would be much lower on my list as it’s less attractive. It looks cheaper and more dated. Sheet vinyl comes in 12 ft widths, and if your kitchen is wider than 12 ft (on both length and width), you will have a seam (which is not attractive and tends to wear down and separate over time. It also means that you’ll need to order more of it to cover this area.

Sheet vinyl is actually rather challenging to install (it’s not a good project for a DIYer) and often requires extra prep work to smooth out the sub-floor. So, ironically, it’s often more expensive to install vs what people expect. This segment of the market had declined so much that there are fewer and fewer installers (and stores) that still install it,and there are fewer and fewer options available. Manufacturers have discontinued more and more items each year.

Peel & Stick vinyl tiles are a cheaper DIY alternative to sheet vinyl. I often come across these in lower end rentals. You can buy these pretty cheap at some of the Big Box Stores. Of course, they look cheap, too and they don’t hold up that well. The adhesives are not very durable and do not hold up that well to water, so after prolonged use and cleaning, the adhesive often becomes dislodged and move/shift and this often looks sloppy and shows the sub-floor underneath. They also have a very thin wear layer so over time, this wears off and the the tiles become discolored from both the dirt and the sun.

These types of vinyls are generally manufactured in China, so they are low quality and may have questionable materials/additives that may not be the best for your health.

If you really can’t afford a mid grade product nor to pay an installer, this may provide a cheap temporary alternative until you can afford a better solution. Here’s one you can find on Amazon, and if you don’t like this style, they have several other options.

Commercial carpet or indoor/outdoor carpet

Clearly, this would be my last choice for a flooring surface in a kitchen (and I would in fact recommend against this for sanitary reasons). Yes, this is not good for germs or dirt. But, I have seen a few people do it (sometimes for aging pets…as a temporary flooring surface) and sometimes because they just can’t afford anything else (carpet is the least expensive flooring surface). Clearly this is not the norm and should only be used in rare and temporary circumstances.

If you were to do this for your kitchen (as a temporary fix), I would make sure not to glue this to the floor. If you do, you will have many more issues later when you remove it and replace it as it will most likely damage your sub-floor, which will cost you more later. I’d also recommend avoid carpet cushion as this is where you can run into the issues as the moisture and germs can get caught. And, I’d recommend that you get rubber cushion padding for the sink area where you may get splashes of water

So what IS the best flooring option for kitchens?

I’m sure by now, you’ve gathered that there is no one size fits all for kitchen flooring. It depends on which factors are most important to you as well as your budget. As a general rule, I’d say that the 2 best options are hardwood flooring or tile (assuming this fits in your budget). Thankfully, due to new technologies, there are now several great mid-grade flooring options for kitchens. In particular, Coretec Plus (and other luxury vinyl or engineered vinyl planks) is a great alternative and for when you want a wood look, but also a waterproof option. And, of course, cork floors and linoleum tiles are other great options for Kitchens.

I hope you find this advice in the article helpful so that you can make the best choices for your kitchen floors. Feel free to leave a comment or question below, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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  • 2018 Hardwood flooring trends
  • Flooring Trends for 2018 (covers all surfaces)
  • Should you install the kitchen cabinets or floors first?
  • Which is the best order – painting or flooring first?.
  • Best places to buy wood looking tiles
  • How to prevent and reduce scratches in your hardwood floors

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Kitchen Flooring Options in Singapore!

The kitchen is one of the most important spaces in a home. With everyday meals being prepared and cooked in the kitchen, cleanliness and hygiene ought to be a key concern – alongside how delicious the food is, of course! This makes selecting a suitable kitchen flooring material that is easy to clean and maintain incredibly important.

With the wide range of options nowadays, kitchen flooring is no longer just limited to your standard floor tiles. Here are three popular kitchen flooring options you can find in Singapore.

#1 Ceramic & Stone Kitchen Floor Tiles

Ceramic or stone tiles are a common kitchen flooring option. In fact, it usually comes installed with the original BTO, HDB, or condominium condition. There are tiles with rough texture that make it a great non-slip kitchen flooring choice. However, one disadvantage of ceramic or stone kitchen flooring tiles is that they are not the easiest to clean. This is especially so when it comes to the rugged details, such as stain in between the tiles line or grain texture.

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#2 Click Resilient Flooring

Click resilient flooring – also known as bespoke, high end and luxury – are great for both wet and dry kitchens. This is because of its highly waterproof flooring properties and easy click-lock overlay flooring installation. A bonus is that it has a variety of unique wood-like designs! With this alternative overlay kitchen flooring option, home owners can go beyond conventional boring tiles, and customise their kitchen’s interior according to their home’s design theme. Offering one of the strongest click systems in the market, The Floor Gallery’s Eco Protect Resilient Flooring ensures one of the smoothest and most elegant kitchen flooring installations.

#3 Vinyl Flooring For Kitchen


(100% Waterproof Hybrid Eco RigidTech Flooring)

Vinyl flooring options, especially commercially graded ones, have higher resistance to water and heavy loads, making it extremely suitable as wet kitchen flooring as well as commercial kitchen flooring in Singapore. What’s more, its waterproof flooring qualities make cleaning the kitchen a breeze.

#4 Laminate Flooring For Kitchen

In comparison, laminate flooring or wood parquet flooring may not be good options for wet kitchen flooring. The waterproof and moisture-resistant properties of most laminate flooring materials are relatively lower than that of our recommended vinyl flooring options. However, if home owners do not cook much at home, laminate or wood parquet flooring can still be viable kitchen flooring options.

Take your time in finding the best kitchen flooring option for your home. The master chefs in your life will thank you!

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There are so many kitchen flooring options available that it can feel difficult to find the right one. When making your decision, you’ll want to consider two factors: function and durability. Whatever it’s made of, your kitchen floor should be easy-to-maintain and long-lasting. There is a beautiful option for you, no matter your style or budget. Follow this guide to understand the expected costs and the pros and cons of some of the most popular kitchen flooring options.

The kitchen is often one of the most popular rooms in the entire house. For this reason, you’ll want a material built to withstand lots of foot traffic over time. And due to the high number of spills — whether it be wine, sauce, oil or any other liquid and food that tends to stain — you’ll want kitchen flooring that’s easy to clean and maintain.

The top durable flooring options include:

–Concrete
–Rubber flooring
–Stone
–Tile
–Vinyl
–Wood laminate

Besides durability, cooking usually requires long periods of standing and walking back and forth. Flooring that has some cushioning is helpful, especially if you suffer from back issues.

The most ergonomic flooring options include:

–Bamboo
–Carpet tile
–Cork
–Rubber flooring
–Vinyl
–Wood
–Hardwood laminate

Let’s look at the materials available for your kitchen flooring ideas (in alphabetical order) and weigh their pros and cons.

Bamboo Kitchen Flooring

If you like eco-friendly products, bamboo is great for kitchen flooring. Bamboo grows extremely quickly, making it a sustainable source for flooring. In addition to being eco-friendly, bamboo is one of the strongest natural materials on the market, so it will withstand lots of use. Be sure to go with a reputable brand with a long warranty, should you choose bamboo flooring. The quality of the bamboo flooring is reflected by the length of the warranty.

Pros: Durable, beautifully grained, eco-friendly, long warranty available.

Cons: Some bamboo flooring can dent easily.

Cost: $2.09 – $5.91 per square foot, installation averages at $8 per square foot.

Carpet Kitchen Flooring

Since carpet is often difficult to maintain and clean, as it can absorb stains and spills, it has not always been one of the more popular kitchen flooring options. But the latest carpet tiles are a modern kitchen floor solution. Designed and tested to be industrial grade for high traffic areas, made of durable, easy to clean materials and easy to install, they now make a unique kitchen flooring idea. The best part is that a carpet tile can be removed for cleaning or replacement. Choose a carpet tile from a company like Flor, designed for the modern, DIY consumer. Be sure to buy an extra box of tiles and keep for future replacements. For a modern look, use carpet tiles selectively in certain areas of your kitchen like the image above, instead of wall to wall.

Pros: Durable, modern colors and textures, soft and padded, recyclable.

Cons: Needs frequent cleaning and vacuuming.

Cost: $1 to $3.60 per square foot

Concrete Kitchen Flooring

Concrete has a contemporary look and tone that is hard to match. It not only looks great; because of its durability, it can stand up to the busiest kitchens. There are various finishes you can give concrete to customize its look. Freshly poured concrete can be stamped, while all concrete can be stained, polished, stenciled and waxed. If you like concrete flooring and live in a colder climate, consider adding radiant floor heating beneath the concrete to warm up the material’s cold surface.

Pros: Durable, versatile, moisture resistant, contemporary looking.

Cons: Hard if standing is required for prolonged periods, cold, needs resealing, can stain.

Cost: Depending on the level of preparation required to install and finish concrete, cost averages range widely between $2 – $30 per square foot installed.

Cork Kitchen Flooring

Cork is a good kitchen flooring idea that offers a unique texture and a padded feel underfoot. Cork is a natural insulator, and can help with both temperature changes and noise. It’s also naturally antimicrobial, as the waxy substance in the cork repels insects and pests. On a budget? Cork tiles are a great DIY solution that’s easy to install. Choose a quality cork that like wood, can be sanded and refinished periodically. Confirm that the cork has a durable finish that will repel water and moisture. If choosing to install cork tiles, buy a few spares that can serve as future replacements should the tile flooring become damaged.

Pros: Earth friendly, anti-microbial, soft, padded feel, attractive texture options.

Cons: Can dent or scratch easily, creating imperfections on the surface that may bother some cork flooring owners.

Cost: $5.24 – $7.24 per square foot.

Laminate Wood Kitchen Flooring

Laminate wood flooring is an affordable and durable kitchen flooring idea. The top layer can withstand most abuse. If you add padding beneath, it’s a soft, ergonomic flooring solution. Easy-to-install and available in a wide variety of styles, laminate wood flooring is a simple, modern solution for kitchen floors. Choose laminate flooring with the longest warranty possible. Many come with a 25-year guarantee. For extra cushioning when standing, install a manufacturer-recommended thin foam sheet layer underneath.

Pros: Durable, cost effective, wide variety of options, easy to install and uninstall.

Cons: Is not as valued as real wood flooring, may be slippery, noisy, not refinishable.

Cost: $2.00 – $4.00 per square foot.

Rubber Kitchen Flooring

Rubber has similar properties to cork, but comes in a larger variety of colors and textures. It’s both easy-to-install and doesn’t require an adhesive, thanks to its high-grip properties. This makes it a good temporary flooring upgrade if you’re in a rental apartment. It’s cushy underfoot, durable and has a non-slip surface, so it’s perfect for busy kitchens. And it’s available in sheeting or tiles so it’s easy to customize. Choose richer, darker colors which hide oil stains better. As an added bonus, rubber tiles are easier to install than sheeting. For an earth-friendly kitchen floor, choose recycled rubber flooring, which is also less expensive.

Pros: Recyclable, naturally water and fire-resistant, durable, easy to clean, soft, padded feel.

Cons: Some people are sensitive to the initial smell, oils may stain the rubber’s surface.

Cost: Approximately $3.50, including installation.

Stone Kitchen Flooring

There’s a great variety of stone flooring available including the most popular marble, travertine and slate. Because of the natural pattern and color variations found in the material, stone is a great kitchen flooring idea that gives each kitchen a unique, earthy look. Stone flooring is also naturally cool, which is perfect in hotter climates. If installing stone flooring in a cold climate, consider adding subfloor radiant heat to warm the floors in the winter. Purchase at least 25% more than you need and save your receipt to return the rejected stone. Look through all your stone tiles before having them professionally installed. It’s likely that the grain and coloring of the stone will vary dramatically and you’ll want to hand select the pieces you want installed for a similar texture and tonal match.

Pros: Hard, durable surface, easy to clean.

Cons: Certain stones may stain, requires routine sealing, some fragile stones like slate may chip easily.

Cost: Depending on the material, $17.91 – $27.53 per square foot.

Tile Kitchen Flooring

Tile flooring is a great, low-maintenance solution for a kitchen. It’s easy-to-clean, durable and has a reflective quality that expands the appearance of space in a kitchen. The latest tile designs mimic wood and other textures and patterns. Know that tile no longer comes exclusively as a 12” square, so you can customize your design more easily. Some of the latest modern designs are large, rectangular shapes. Hire a professional to install the tile flooring, especially if the subflooring is not perfectly level. For ease of maintenance, install tiles with grout lines that are as small as possible.

Pros: Durable, moisture resistant, easy to maintain, available in a large assortment of styles, shapes, and colors.

Cons: Grout lines may be difficult to keep clean, dropped items like glassware and dishes will likely shatter.

Cost: $11.34 – $17.38 per square foot.

Vinyl Kitchen Flooring

Vinyl is affordable, comes in a variety of textures and styles and is one of the most water-resistant kitchen flooring options. While tiles are easy to install, sheet vinyl requires professional installation. Consider the latest wood-look vinyl flooring planks. Easy to install, water resistant enough to be used in a shower, kitchen or wet area and textured to mimic wood grain, it takes a careful look to see if the wood plank vinyl flooring is actually wood or not.

Pros: Easy to install, water resistant, certain styles look just like wood.

Cons: Offgasses potentially harmful chemicals in your home, requires a flawless subfloor to install on, can gouge easily.

Cost: $2.83 – $3.82 per square foot.

Hardwood Kitchen Flooring

Hardwood has traditionally been on the top of buyer’s lists for flooring choices. Hardwood has a high-end, warm look that’s unique, according to grain and age. But hardwood in the kitchen requires special protection from excess moisture. Add an extra coat of finish in the kitchen to keep the wood sealed. If living in a high humidity or coastal region, avoid wider planks, which will cup and warp over time.

Pros: Adds resale value, attractive, durable, can be refinished.

Cons: Can be noisy, needs periodic refinishing, may dent or scratch easily.

Cost: $6 – $18 per square foot, including installation.

Comfortable Kitchen Flooring

Most families spend a whole lot of time in the kitchen. Despite being one of the most used rooms in the house, a kitchen’s flooring doesn’t always get the attention it deserves.
As a high traffic area, kitchen flooring needs to meet several important requirements. Top of the list includes: easy to clean, scratch resistant, scuff resistant, dent resistant, and of course water resistant. Historically, this has meant that homeowners choose a durable product like tile, however, the notion of comfort is becoming more and more important.
Generally, there are two scenarios in your kitchen.
1. Your existing flooring feels hard on the feet.
For those of us who don’t have the option to upgrade our kitchen floors anytime soon, the least we can do is make it comfortable, especially in food prep areas and in front of the sink. You can use small mats in these areas to provide some cushion for the feet, but a growing trend is to lay down a larger area rug or floor runner if your floor plan allows. If you have an open floor plan, an area rug works well to define the space. Optimally, you would look for a lower pile option complete with stain resistance that’s built in to the fibres. Or you could have a piece of carpet custom bound to match another room in the house. (Not expensive!) Now, think about your dinner parties and how luxurious it would be for your friends’ feet, or consider the knees of your crawling baby and stumbling toddler – softer kitchen flooring could be arguably practical! Why not enjoy some comfort underfoot in this busiest of places?
As for cleaning, instead of mopping or sweeping, you simply vacuum. If you’re worried about spills, it’s no biggie, just choose something with great stain resistance. ( and its “wipe up with water” powers!) And in the corners around the kitchen where the floor meets the walls, you do what you normally do to clean up the runaway crumbs!
If you have a kitchen with an island feature in the centre, a floor runner could be more appropriate, or you may choose to colour coordinate with your living room and custom bind a low pile carpet to match. Any of our Flooring Experts would be happy to assist with sizing and selection, and it’s handy to bring in a swatch to aid with colour and pattern selection! (Image Credit: Urrutia Design on Houzz)
Stating the obvious, if you’re looking for a floor mat or area rug for your kitchen, it would be better to steer away from lighter and solid colours which will show dirt or spills more easily. Choose medium or darker colours, ideally with a pattern. When the pattern is a little bit busy and varied, the tiny imperfections of day to day wear won’t catch the eye!
2. Scenario two: you get to buy new flooring.
Hurrah! This is exciting and while it’s a big job, it doesn’t need to be overwhelming. You have many excellent choices for today’s kitchen flooring, and technology has come along way in providing the ultimate comfort and practicality underfoot. So let’s have a quick look at some ideal options.
LUXURY VINYL TILE OR PLANK
This product is unbelievable, and it’s one of our biggest sellers across Canada. The aesthetic is beautiful, realistically replicating the look and feel of natural materials ranging from textured slate tiles to warm knotted hardwoods. Go into one of our stores and have a look, you have to see it to believe it! It’s perfect for the kitchen: dent resistant, water resistant and super easy to clean.

CORK
Another luxurious choice. Harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree, cork is an excellent floor choice in a kitchen, due to its high level of cushioning, and it’s available in a variety of colours, patterns and textures. One benefit of putting cork in the kitchen is its ability to “self heal,” so if you end up dropping something on it, it can recover and won’t always show the extent of damage. Soft, spongy and very durable, cork flooring is available at most of our locations – just ask!
HARDWOODAlways a classic, no matter which room in the house! Hardwood flooring looks and feels great, so it’s ideal for a kitchen for the comfort aspect. However, it can be a little finicky when it comes to moisture, and hardwood is also scratched more easily when compared to other types of flooring, so be sure to protect it! (See above idea on adding an area rug to your kitchen!)

LAMINATE OR VINYL
Technology has come a long way when it comes to laminate and vinyl. Both options have a huge variety of classic and modern styles, colours and patterns, and both are incredibly affordable! To read about . If you’re thinking you would enjoy the look of hardwood but with the resiliency of laminate, .
Whatever you choose, remember one thing: the kitchen is YOUR space. Make it your own, make it comfortable, and turn it into a place where you can experiment with recipes, clean up disasters, and enjoy every footstep. Your kitchen is the one room in the house that always brings family and friends together, so any floor will work as long as you care for it. Bon Appétit! 😉
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Here in Canada, our kitchens are often the centre of the home, whether we’re relaxing with family or entertaining guests. There’s something about sharing food in a warm, inviting space that brings people together and strengthens emotional ties. How many times have you hosted a party and found that everyone seems to gravitate to the kitchen?

This is one of the big reasons why kitchen renovations are one of the most popular choices for renovation projects. They also provide great ROI if you ever sell your house, as a spacious, functional and beautiful kitchen is one of the spaces potential buyers look at first. While you live in the home, they are an exciting opportunity to improve not only how a space in your home functions, but your lifestyle as well.

The key is to a successful kitchen renovation is to incorporate the right design elements. We’ve recently covered some fundamentals of kitchen design, as well as guides to choosing the right kitchen countertops, sinks, and faucets. For this post, let’s turn our gaze downwards and consider what’s going to be holding it all up: your kitchen floor.

Things to Think About When Choosing Kitchen Flooring

When choosing a new kitchen floor, as with all design decision making, you have to think about how you use the space and let that guide your choices. You want to make sure that your new floor is up to the kind of life it’s going to lead.

Unlike our bathroom floors, we spend a lot of time standing and walking on our kitchen floors, and it’s essential to factor that in when making your selection. We stand and chop when we prepare our meals, and we do a lot of walking between the kitchen, sink and stove. When we entertain in our kitchens, there’s always someone standing, plate and drink in hand. In other words, a floor not only has to look good, the comfort factor has to be considered as well.

Kitchen floors are also prone to spills and messes as well, and they need to be easy to clean. If you love to prepare fried foods, floors can get extra messy if oil spatters.

The Floor Beneath the Floor

If you want to upgrade your floor, an invisible factor that can influence the cost of the project is what lies beneath the flooring that you see.

Often called the “subfloor” this is the support structure beneath the flooring that sits right on top of the joists. Something many homeowners don’t know is that how level and how well constructed the subfloor is can impact your flooring options.

Kitchen Flooring Options: Their Pros and Cons

Ceramic, Porcelain, and Natural Stone Tile Flooring

Tile is extremely popular because of its durability, its ease of maintenance and especially the incredible range of design options out there that can suit every décor. For this reason, it’s accessible for a variety of budget levels. Most spills can be easily cleaned up. The grout may get grimy, but can be cleaned from time to time and be made to look like new.

Porcelain tile can be made to look like natural stone, and is actually stronger than ceramic. Natural stone tiles vary in strength, and tend to be more expensive. Stone needs to be resealed periodically, and of course contains natural variations.

Tile requires a perfectly level subfloor, however, and is a real chore to install. If your home shifts slightly over time a tile floor can crack (if you’re lucky it will crack on a grout line, but cracks can form right through tiles as well). The subfloor needs to be not only level, but reasonably sturdy as well, as the tile is a heavy option. Tile can also chip if something heavy is dropped on it. Some ceramic tiles are prone to wear and tear.

Because tile tends to be cold to the touch, even in summer, I strongly recommend you have radiant heating built in. While this will increase the cost, I promise you will regret it if you don’t.

Tile can be very hard to stand on for long periods of time. People who spend a lot of time cooking and especially joint or back issues may want to consider another option, or invest in a silicone mat at their main work station.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are a true classic, and go with a lot of different kitchen styles. It’s hard to go wrong with hardwood, as it’s not something that will go out of fashion. Good hardwood will last for the lifetime of your home, and can be sanded and re-stained if you find the colour doesn’t work a few years down the road. Small scratches can be sanded out, and larger ones filled. It’s also much easier to stand on than tile, concrete, or stone.

Hardwood floors require a reasonably consistent humidity level to prevent warping over the long term. If it’s engineered hardwood (consisting of multiple thin layers of wood glued together) this is not always the case. Hardwood also requires a certain amount of maintenance: crumbs and dirt can collect between the planks, and it needs to be resealed every few years. Serious spills can be a major problem, and can require pulling and replacing of planks if the liquid gets soaked in (and is something that can really stain, like red wine).

Installation difficulty can vary. Some types of engineered hardwood are designed to click in to place, but full hardwood that’s one solid plank usually needs to be nailed in place, again, to prevent warping.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate is very versatile: it can be made to look like wood, ceramic or even stone. It is fairly easy to install, and some varieties can just click into place on a reasonably level subfloor.

Laminate varies in durability as well, and some can be incredibly tough – make sure you buy a good quality laminate that can withstand most scratches. This means that the price of laminate has a large range as well, but it is more affordable than wood or a lot of tiles.

One of the main drawbacks of laminate flooring is that it doesn’t always wear well in high-traffic areas (again this will vary depending on the quality you buy). If you tend to splash, be aware that laminate does not respond well to damp conditions.

Cork Flooring

Cork flooring is an option that some people are choosing for its natural bounciness and earthy look. It’s a very eco-friendly choice, as it is made of cork tree bark. It is harvested from the tree, which then regrows new bark over the following 10 – 15 years.

It is available in boards or tiles, and with different stains and finishes. When properly sealed, it resists any dampness reasonably well, and is more or less as durable as wood.

The only real downsides to cork are that it’s about as expensive as wood, and in terms of look it has less versatility than some other options.

Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring has come a long way in the past few decades, but it’s still one of the easiest types of flooring to install, the easiest to clean, and the most affordable options. It’s available in sheets or tiles of varying thicknesses and toughness.

Sheet vinyl flooring does not require a level subfloor – it just rolls out over what’s there like carpet. Vinyl tiles require a bit more evenness from a subfloor, so it’s best to check with the sales person what your particular choice needs.

Vinyl flooring has a key down side, however: it’s vulnerable to scratches and tears. If you’re prone to dropping kitchen tools you may want to go for something else. It’s not the most chic option, but if you’re on a budget, a keen eye can help you come up with a style that complements your look.

As always, before you invest your money, try before you buy. Borrow a sample and take it home, and see how it will work with the other materials you’re considering for your renovation. If you’re concerned about durability, you can purchase a sample to keep and subject it to any kind of punishment you think necessary.

It can be challenging to weigh the options and make the right decision. A new kitchen renovation will need to last you the next 15-20 years, so why not get an expert opinion? The talented interior design experts at Laurysen will give you the benefit of their many years of working with clients of all kinds.

Types of Flooring Materials and Their Advantages

Picking the flooring material is considered to be one of the most challenging tasks when designing the interiors of your home. The floor will act as the canvas upon which the colors, patterns, and design of your furniture and decorations will be based. To help you in your decision process, Kennedy Carpet has listed the types of flooring materials and the advantages that they can offer you:

Cork Flooring

Cork floors are made by peeling off the bark while saving the tree. They are great at insulating the home and keeping it relatively sound-proof. It is anti-allergenic unlike most flooring types and resists against insects well. Since, cork is all natural, it is environmentally friendly and sustainable. Cork floors are resistant against abrasion and can be easily cleaned.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring presents itself as an option for those who want to capture the grandeur of wood or stone without breaking the bank. Laminate is hardy and will show no signs of fading or stains for a decade. It is not easily affected by moisture like wood and it will require less care than authentic wood or stone flooring. Clean-up consists only of brooming away dust and dirt and mopping.

Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum flooring is a composite of cork wood dust, limestone, recycled wood flour, and linseed oil. It is considered to be one of the more environmentally safe choices when it comes to flooring materials. Linoleum floors are tough against impacts or dents. Oils cannot also affect linoleum flooring nor damage it. A floor using this type of tile provides a smooth and comfortable feel.

Stone Flooring

Since there are different kinds of stones, natural stone tiles also come in different types like limestone, clay, granite, pebble, sandstone, slate, travertine and onyx. They are generally durable and provide an unmatched elegance to your home’s interiors. Stone floors can also withstand high temperatures and are suitable to be placed near sources of radiant heating like fireplaces, stoves, or furnaces.

Tile Flooring

Tile flooring come in various types like ceramic, porcelain, quarry, and mosaic. Installers will need grout in order to properly lay them down on the floor. When tiles are glazed, they can be stain-resistant. It shares the same quality of heat resistance with stone floors and as such, they can be used near fireplaces, furnaces, and stoves as well.

Vinyl Flooring

Although synthetic by origin, vinyl flooring achieves the rich, deep, and elegant look of wooden floors. This floor type also comes in different colors and patterns since vinyl manufacturing processes have been upgraded throughout the decades. Vinyl floors are durable and will ably resist impacts and scratches against their surfaces. Vinyl floors are cost effective and are the easiest ones to invest on at the outset.

Wood Flooring

Wood flooring is the classic option and it comes in oak, maple, and bamboo. With proper care and maintenance, wood floors can last a long time. Cleaning wooden floors only require sweeping and the application of polishing shine solution while scrubbing from time to time.

If you need help deciding on what type of flooring will fit your home, please call us at 888-369-8626 or fill out our contact form. Our friendly staff will help guide you through important points in considering what flooring to use. We also provide new carpets should you want one installed the same time you get your new floors gets laid down.

Kitchens need durable, moisture-resistant flooring. The most pounded floor in the home, it needs to withstand regular staining (and therefore lots of cleaning), water spills, and temperature fluctuations.

This doesn’t mean that kitchen floors can’t be pretty, though, and, with beautiful patterns and finishes available regardless of the material you choose, there’s no excuse for your kitchen floor not to be a major part of the room’s design process.

Follow our guide to finding the best kitchen flooring, from choosing the right material to fitting and cleaning.

Pick floor tiles for your kitchen floor

Voroni Marble Effect tiles by Walls and Floors

(Image credit: Walls and Floors)

For durability and a range of visual effects, nothing beats floor tiles in a kitchen.

Floor tiles come in a range of natural and manmade materials and finishes, from textured to matt to high shine. Some tiles are more porous than others – something to be careful of in a room where moisture levels tend to be high. If you’ve fallen in love with a tile, such as terracotta, that is porous, ensure it’s well sealed, and resealed regularly.

Choose: Want real stone? Opt for slate or granite. For manmade materials, porcelain or ceramic tiles are a time-tested flooring option for kitchens. What’s the difference? Real stone has plenty of character; manmade materials less so, although they are generally more affordable and can be made to mimic other materials convincingly, such as wood.

Avoid: Limestone, which tends to scratch, and travertine, which is porous.

Design know-how: Use larger-scale and/or pale-coloured and/or high-shine tiles, to make a small space feel bigger. Lay tiles diagonally rather than square on to the wall, too, to enhance the effect further. Tiles with a pitted surface are much more difficult to keep clean than those with a smooth finish.

Fitting floor tiles: Is perfectly doable by DIYers, unless your floors tiles are particularly heavy and expensive, or a tricky material to cut (which some natural stones are), in which case invest in the services of a professional. Find out how to tile in our guide.

Cleaning floor tiles: To clean your tiled kitchen floor, use warm water only on natural stone, and a mild detergent on ceramic and porcelain.

Opt for the warmth of wood kitchen flooring

Wood flooring brings warmth and texture to a kitchen, particularly in a period home, but importantly in a contemporary home where cabinetry might be sleek and modern. However, any kitchen will always be exposed to a lot of moisture, which means your choice of wood flooring needs to be a careful one.

Goodrich Ecru Oak from Woodpecker Flooring

(Image credit: Woodpecker Flooring)

Choose: Engineered wood flooring, which will do much better in a kitchen – with a durable top layer, it is much more resistant to warping and movement than solid wood.

Avoid: Expensive, solid wood flooring, which can warp when exposed to water.

Design know-how: For an on-trend, expensive finish, have parquet flooring laid in a herringbone pattern. Lighter wood colours will create a more spacious feel in your kitchen, but will show dirt more quickly; white or pale cabinetry can look stunning contrasted with dark wood flooring, which hides marks more effectively. Wider boards look more contemporary than narrower ones.

(Image credit: Indigineous )

Fitting wood flooring: Professional fitting is often recommended for a perfect finish, but as most of the ranges now come as a floating floor with a click-lock system, competent DIYers will be able to install wood flooring themselves.

Cleaning wood flooring: Clean your wood flooring with a damp mop, and avoid saturating the surface with water.

Choose laminate for a cost-effective kitchen floor

Impressive Laminate range from Quick Step

(Image credit: Quick Step)

Laminate flooring has been a firm favourite for kitchens for a long time. Its main edge over tile and wood flooring is its cost effectiveness, although high-quality and pricier options are available. Stain- and scratch-resistant, it’s a great option for busy kitchens, but check yours copes with the room’s steamy conditions before buying.

Choose: Higher-end laminate, which can have a very convincing wood or tile effect, complete with grain finishes, embossing, bevelled edges and stone looks.

Avoid: The cheapest laminate, which tends to stain, warp, and peel. With laminate flooring, you get what you pay for, with cheaper options often having an overly shiny and unrealistic effect.

Design know-how: Go for a low-sheen finish, and look for the details mentioned above, such as bevelled edges, to get a truly convincing lookalike. Protect your laminate flooring from damage by heavy kitchen appliances with an underlay.

Fitting laminate flooring: It is possible to lay most laminate flooring yourself, as most manufacturers have updated their laminate with easy-to-fit locking systems.

Cleaning laminate flooring: To clean your laminate floor, use a damp cloth, but never a soaking wet mop, which can get water under the laminate flooring and ruin it.

Explore alternative materials for your kitchen floor

Hexagon Random Decorative Tiles by the Baked Tile Company

(Image credit: The Baked Tile Company)

Alternative materials, such as vinyl, rubber, even bamboo, for kitchen flooring have been gaining popularity in recent years: they can be hard-wearing and water-resistant, and more cost effective than traditional options.

Choose: Bamboo, which is tough, easy to maintain and more water-resistant than hardwood. Cork is another suitable option for kitchens, but is incompatible with underfloor heating. Concrete and resin flooring is a possibility for ground-floor kitchens, but will not be suitable for upstairs kitchens. Rubber can work in kitchens, but can be easily scratched, so avoid damage from kitchen appliances by placing a sheet of hardboard between the appliance and floor.

Avoid: Leather and reclaimed wood, beautiful but expensive and high-maintenance materials that will not respond well to the wear and tear that is part of daily kitchen use.

Design know-how: Poured concrete looks good as part of a contemporary open plan space. It can also be used outdoors, so offers the perfect opportunity to incorporate the same flooring throughout, connecting the garden to the rest of the house. Create a similar effect with floor tiles, from contemporary to traditional in style.

Fitting alternative flooring: Bamboo can be fitted with glue or as a free-floating floor, and is compatible with underfloor heating (though you will need to contact your manufacturer for temperature limits). Polished concrete tiles, rubber tiles and vinyl tiles can be laid by an experienced DIYer, but poured concrete, poured resin and rubber and vinyl sheet kitchen floors should be left to professionals.

Cleaning alternative flooring: Concrete, rubber, vinyl, resin and bamboo are all generally very low-maintenance and should be wipe-cleaned with a damp cloth.

  • Need more guidance on ceramic tile floors? Read our guide to choosing ceramic tiles
  • Follow our guide to choosing engineered wood flooring

There was a time when the term eco-friendly evoked images of bland, boring and blah materials. Thankfully, that is not the case today. As more and more designers are seeking out eco-friendly materials for their environmentally savvy clients manufacturers have stepped up and given the design world many beautiful options to pick from. I have assembled a guide of the most popular eco-flooring solutions, some are new, some are old and a few will make you think.

1. Cork

Cork is relatively new to the flooring world. It is usually seen on walls or in your favorite bottle of wine, but it is great material for floors. Cork is harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree commonly found in the forests of the Mediterranean. The trees are not cut down to harvest the bark, which will grow back every three years, making it an ideal renewable source. It has anti-microbial properties that reduce allergens in the home, is fire retardant, easy to maintain and acts as a natural insect repellent too. Cork, like wood can be finished in a variety of paints and stains to suit any color scheme or design style. Its durability allows for uses in any part of the house. Cork floors, depending on the quality, can last between 10-30 years.

2. Bamboo

Bamboo flooring is another wood like option that is gaining in popularity. It is actually a grass that shares similar characteristics as hardwood. It is durable, easy to maintain and is easy to install. Bamboo is sustainable and made from natural vegetation that grows to maturity in three to five years, far less than the twenty years trees can take. Bamboo, while usually very light, is available in many hues that will work in any setting or decor. Its varied grains and wide array of colors give it an edge over traditional flooring by allowing for customization not often found elsewhere.

3. Linoleum

When one thinks of linoleum flooring, vinyl tends to come to mind and yet the two are nowhere close to each other. Vinyl is a synthetic made of chlorinated petrochemicals that are harmful. Linoleum is created from a concoction of linseed oil, cork dust, tree resins, wood flour, pigments and ground limestone. Like cork, it is fire retardant and water resistant. Linoleum is not new to the market; it fell out of favor with the introduction of vinyl in the 1940’s. As architects and designers began asking for it again, it reemerged with a vast array of bright vibrant colors and a new sealer to protect it from stains. It has a long shelf life and will hold up to a lot of wear and tear.

4. Glass Tiles

Ever wonder what happens to the wine bottles and beer bottles that are shipped to the recycler? They are converted into beautiful glass tiles. This renewable source is fast becoming a wonderful option for floors as well as bathroom and kitchen walls. Glass has similar benefits of other eco-friendly materials. It is non-absorptive and won’t mildew or mold in damp environments. It is easy to maintain and won’t stain. Glass comes in a limitless array of colors, patterns and finishes suitable for most design schemes. Unlike ceramic tiles, glass will reflect light rather than absorb it, adding that additional layer of light some rooms need.

5. Concrete

Polished concrete is an unlikely sustainable material that is gaining in popularity. Concrete is typically slab on grade and used as a sub flooring in some residential settings. If it is polished and tinted to the homeowners taste and style there is no need for traditional flooring to be put over it. From creating a tiled effect with different colors to inlaying other materials such as glass the design possibilities are endless. Concrete is extremely durable, easy to clean and never needs to be replaced.

6. Wool Carpet

Carpet has long been a favorite go-to material for most homes. It is soft to walk on, comfortable to sit on and comes in a range of colors and patterns. Unfortunately, carpet has typically been made using volatile organic compounds or toxins that are harmful to the environment and to our health. There are eco-friendly options though. Consider carpets made of wool. Wool is a natural resource spun into a thread that can be dyed any color imaginable, and then be woven to create a carpet. It is one of the first materials to be used as a floor covering, is very durable and can last centuries. In some families wool rugs have been passed down from generation to generation making them family heirlooms. Other natural materials used to make carpets or rugs are sisal, jute and cotton.

7. P.E.T Berber Carpet

Polyester (P.E.T) Berber is another sustainable carpet to consider. It is made of recycled plastic bottles, and has a minimal impact to the environment. For every plastic bottle that is used to create this carpet it is one less sitting in our landfills. There are several benefits to this recycled material. It is durable, spill resistant and comes in a variety of aesthetically pleasing colors and patterns. It typically has a flecked appearance making it suitable to most color schemes. There are drawbacks too. Berber can be easily snagged causing it to unravel if not repaired promptly. The recycled material can be a little rough to walk on in your bare feet. Overall, it’s a very economical material and deserves a serious look.

8. Rubber

Rubber flooring made from recycled tires is usually found at the local gym or on the neighborhood playground. It is slowly finding its way into our kitchens, sunrooms and bathrooms as a versatile, beautiful and lasting option. It is great to walk on and water resistant. It also comes in many color and pattern options.

9. Leather

Leather is a surprising material that can be used as flooring. It is derived from the center-most part of the cowhide and is thicker than the leather pieces used for such things as belts, wallets and handbags. The soft warm feel under foot makes it perfect for bedrooms, closets and small areas with little foot traffic. It is not a great material for bathrooms, kitchens or other moist areas of a home. It is very durable and will wear well over time. Worn, scratched and aged leather develops a personality of its own and can be beautiful to look at for years to come.

10. Reclaimed Hardwood

If you have your heart set on traditional hardwood flooring, while not usually considered eco-friendly due deforestation concerns, it can still be an option. There are two types of hard wood to consider. Reclaimed wood is ideal as it reuses existing wood from trees that were chopped down a long, long time ago. Salvaged wood flooring can look beautiful in older homes or in a beach cottage.

The other option is to purchase hardwood labeled FSC certified. This is a designation by the Forest Stewardship Council and they promote the responsible management of forests throughout the world with a focus on adhering to high social and environmental standards.

Luckily with today’s technology and a bit of imagination, eco-friendly flooring does not have to come at the expense of style. Smart consumers can have both. So what do you think, have eco-friendly materials evolved?

Which type of flooring is better for houses?

Shiva Om Dear Friend,

It is my personal opinion that one should opt for organic natural flooring rather than chemically processed or treated flooring. In today’s times when one ventures into the market to buy flooring one is amazed at the various options available.

There are a great number of synthetic options from China which look immensely attractive. However, I would strongly suggest against them. This is again on account of the various artificial processing done to them.

Something coveted like Italian marble is also to be shunned in my opinion. Though it certainly scores a point in the social circuit is completely treated with layers of chemicals just to hold it together.

Vitrified tiled in my opinion are also to avoided.

The best are natural stones ranging from Mandana, natural marble, kotta, kadappa, granite,Jasalmer,Various sand stones, wadi blue, etc. You will of course need to choose as per your use.

These in the long run help keep the negative vibes away from the house and also helps in the earthing of the Mooldhara Chakra. The basic physical, mental and emotional stability of a person using these natural flooring is most likely to be more grounded and stable. It is a Myth that in natural stones one does not have a great deal of choice. One just needs to do a little research and design well. Natural stones will last longer and also maintain better vibes.

I sincerely hope that I have been able to answer your queries to the best of my ability and to your satisfaction.

Shivam Kalyanam,

Prof. Dr. Manoj Kalantri. Ph.D, D.Sc, D.Lit.

Eshans Emporium.

Flooring Buying Guide

  • Carefully consider the location of your new floor. Is it below, on or above grade? Basements are susceptible to ground moisture, so your flooring choice may be different for a bedroom on the second or third floor.
  • Likewise, kitchens and bathrooms are prone to water damage and humid conditions, which should be a heavy factor in your decision-making process.
  • Note whether the area you’re placing the flooring has (or will have) radiant heat. Some flooring materials aren’t compatible, so make it known early in the shopping process.
  • Also, be sure to observe the space throughout the day. Does it get a lot of direct sun? UV light can fade or darken certain flooring, so look for resistant products.
  • Take detailed measurements and create a drawing (on scale is preferable, if possible) including doorways, fireplaces, built-ins or other structure that change the floor’s flow.
  • To calculate your room’s square footage, multiply length by width. If you have an irregularly shaped room, divide the area into smaller squares and rectangles, calculating the square footage of each, then add the square footage of each area together for the room’s total square footage.
  • But don’t rely completely on this calculation. It’s always smart to buy 10% more flooring than what you think you need. This allows for mistakes and bad pieces. Plus a little extra flooring on hand is great for repairs down the road. Keep a few cartons of your product in a place where the temperature and moisture won’t damage the flooring, like under the bed or in the top of a closet. This keeps the product readily acclimated and available should you need it.
  • Whichever flooring options you choose, buy coordinating mouldings, transitions and accessories to complete your project. Look for quarter rounds, T-mouldings, thresholds, reducers, wall base, four-in-one molding, underlayment and care/maintenance accessories.