Kitchen Flooring Options

Your kitchen is arguably the most important room for your family. From sharing stories to passing down recipes, it holds so many memorable moments. Unfortunately, if you have the wrong flooring, some of those memories can show up as dents, dings, scratches, and stains. When it comes to kitchen flooring, practicality should be a consideration, but there’s no need for function to upstage style. Take a look at these three floors that are great options to consider for your kitchen floor. 

Durable Tile Kitchen Floors

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are known for being extremely durable, low maintenance, water resistant, and easy to clean. They are also very well suited to stand up to messes, spills, heavier foot traffic, and pets. One of the great things about tile is that there are so many sizes and patterns available to choose from – you can even get tile that looks like wood planks! Check out this gorgeous porcelain tile that looks like wood:

Wood tile flooring in kitchen dining area


While tile is an excellent kitchen flooring option, it isn’t known for comfort and warmth. If you want a softer and warmer feel underfoot, consider Vinyl Tile (Luxury Vinyl Tile) or Sheet Vinyl for your kitchen. Vinyl tile has come a long way in terms of looks – you can get styles that mimic real stone, even marble, and it’s hard to tell the difference. Vinyl can even be grouted to give it that authentic tile look, like this stunning  Vinyl Tile Marbella that looks like Carrara marble tile:

Carrara marble vinyl tile kitchen flooring with dark wood cabinets

Or, this sophisticated Vinyl Tile Bella Pietra that looks like timeless black and white marble tiles:

Black and white marble vinyl tile kitchen floor


Waterproof Vinyl Plank Flooring for Kitchens 

Who has cooked or done dishes without spills and splashes? Water and liquids are an undeniable fact of life in kitchens, so it is important to consider how your floor will be able to handle exposure to moisture. 100% waterproof vinyl plank is vinyl from top to bottom, so it doesn’t allow liquid to seep through and won’t be affected by ordinary kitchen moisture. Plus, Vinyl Plank is scratch-resistant, dent-resistant, scuff-resistant, and stain resistant – this is ideal for kitchens with kids, pets, and higher traffic.

Vinyl Plank floors are one of our favorite wood-look flooring options because it provides that rich, attractive, expensive wood look at a fraction of the price of solid wood flooring. Designed to be timeless, the detailed texture of a real hardwood floor is captured almost perfectly in the wood grains and textures of vinyl plank. Here are a few beautiful vinyl plank flooring kitchen options:

Luxury vinyl plank kitchen floor, warm stain color

Light colored wood vinyl plank kitchen floor

100% waterproof vinyl plank flooring in a kitchen with oversized island

Wood Laminate Floors with AquaDefense

Laminate flooring mimics the look of real hardwood floor and has long been a budget-friendly alternative to solid hardwood floors. Gone are the days when Laminate Floors look like ‘fake wood’ – thanks to manufacturing technologies, laminate has realistic wood grains, textured surface, wide planks, and even can be waterproof.  The best waterproof laminate floors won’t absorb water that is cleaned up in a reasonable amount of time. Empire has many styles of laminate floor with Aqua Defense – the name tells the story of these floors. It helps guard against moisture damage, so you can rest easy that cooking or cleaning splashed won’t cause your floor to swell or buckle.

Here’s an example of a beautiful laminate floor from our Beach House collection that we’ve installed in many kitchens:

Oak wood laminate flooring for kitchens

The Bottom Line on Best Kitchen Flooring 

There are so many kitchen flooring options available that it can be confusing to understand which is right for your home. When making your decision, you’ll want to consider two factors: function and durability. Empire can help you understand the pros and cons of the most popular kitchen flooring options during an in-home consultation. See samples right in your home and get advice from experienced flooring consultants. Schedule a FREE In-Home Estimate and get your kitchen update started!


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