Kitchen Flooring: Hardwood vs Tile vs Luxury Vinyl

Kitchen Flooring: Hardwood vs Tile vs Luxury Vinyl

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What kitchen flooring is best for your home?

Are you planning a kitchen remodel? You are probably excited to pick out cabinetry, appliances, countertop materials and the backsplash tiles. There’s another vital decision to make that isn’t quite as fun as those, yet it’s right under your nose: What flooring will you choose?

The talented designers at Kowalske Kitchen & Bath have compiled the top trending kitchen flooring ideas. When you partner with us for your kitchen remodel, you’ll learn why we’re a trusted remodeling and design company serving homeowners in Elm Grove and the surrounding areas.

Check out the pros and cons of these 3 most common kitchen flooring choices.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood kitchen flooring remains a popular traditional choice. If you peruse a high-end catalog these days, many kitchens have lovely, gleaming hardwood floors. Without question, the look brings elegance, warmth and richness to a room. For many open-space contemporary home layouts, installing the same hardwood floors in the kitchen as the great room allows there to be unbroken flooring throughout a wide-open space.

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Kitchen hardwood flooring has a trendy natural look in today’s modern home.

However, hardwood flooring requires care. Your kitchen is a place where glasses are dropped and shattered. Kids might spill water. The home cook might splatter grease everywhere. Occasionally whole pots of hot spaghetti sauce hit the floor. Unlike many other kinds of flooring, you can’t leave clean-up until later without risking unsightly damage.

Tiles for Your Kitchen Flooring

Ceramic tile is known for its durability. It won’t wear out in high-trafficked areas. When it comes to kitchen-grade tiles, you’d have to hit it pretty sharply for it to chip or crack. Clean-up is a breeze. As long as the tile and grout are properly sealed, you don’t have to worry about water seeping through to the underlying floorboards. The variety of tiles available allows for plenty of style choices.

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Classic tile flooring is an excellent easy-to-clean choice for families on the go.

Not everyone loves tile floors, of course. Without radiant heating installed beneath, tiles can be cold and hard against bare feet. If installed with wide, light grouting, keeping the grout clean over time can be a challenge. If you have tile questions, ask our kitchen design team serving the Elm Grove area.

Luxury Vinyl Kitchen Flooring

An affordable and excellent option for a kitchen remodel is luxury vinyl. Many different designs look and feel like wood and other materials.

luxury vinyl in kitchen
Our luxury vinyl plank kitchen flooring matches every décor and style.

A few advantages are:

  • Easy to install. Quickly click together, or glue down the vinyl.
  • Most vinyl planks & tiles have a lower price per square foot than wood and tile.
  • Texture and design look and feels like wood, slate and stone.
  • Won’t damage from water and most are stain-resistant.
  • Long product warranty.

There are hundreds of designs to choose from, and it is an excellent option at a lower price for every family.

Whatever type of flooring you choose, make sure it matches not just the aesthetic of your overall design but also your busy lifestyle. Contact the kitchen design experts at Kowalske Kitchen & Bath, serving homeowners in Elm Grove and the surrounding areas. We are happy to help you find the perfect flooring for your kitchen remodel. Call us today.

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