6 Durable Flooring Materials for Your Modern Kitchen

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Your modern kitchen requires more than aesthetics. It’s the area in your home that’s most prone to foot traffic, dents, impact, and liquid and household chemical spills. Poor kitchen floor plans may make the mistake of prioritizing design or a low kitchen renovation estimate rather than durability. What good is design if it won’t even last long?

That’s why a modern kitchen like yours needs durable flooring materials. Installing the right flooring type on your kitchen (with the right contractor for the job, of course) will help save you from any headaches in the future. But, most people don’t know which flooring material to choose.

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Flooring Types Ideal for Your Modern Kitchen

There are so many flooring types to choose from that it makes decision making hard. You may have several kitchen ideas but you must learn about the pros and cons of each flooring type before even choosing one.

Below are everything you need to know about the different durable flooring materials for your modern kitchen:

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is a common choice. It’s easy to clean and maintain. It’s durable. Plus, we all have this general picture of modern kitchens having ceramic floor tiles. Great choice for those on a budget too!

Cost: $1 – $8 per square foot

Pros

  • Highly durable
  • Resistant to dents, scratches, and spills
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Wide variety of styles and designs
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Heavy impact can cause tiles to crack
  • Cold and hard if you’re walking barefoot
  • Slippery when wet
  • Grout needs regular cleaning and sealing

Natural Stone

Natural stone (limestone, granite, slate, marble or travertine) looks pretty good on a modern kitchen. You are also guaranteed that no two stone pieces look the same — now that’s variation. Costly but worth the price!

Cost: $15 – $30 per square foot

Pros

  • Highly durable
  • Variation
  • Timeless beauty and elegance
  • Resistant to dents, scratches, impact, and spills
  • Easy to clean and maintain

Cons

  • Cold and hard if you’re walking barefoot
  • Stones such as slate may chip easily
  • Some stone flooring needs regular sealing
  • Costly

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Solid Wood

Solid wood provides an elegant look that will last for several lifetimes. With proper treatment and maintenance, solid wood flooring will only look better as time goes by. Did we also mention that this flooring type adds a significant resale value to your home?

Cost: $4 – $12 per square foot

Pros

  • Highly durable
  • Timeless beauty and elegance
  • Wide variety of styles and designs
  • Can be refinished to look its best
  • Adds a significant resale value to your home

Cons

  • Liquid spills can damage solid wood flooring if not wiped early
  • Dents and scratches easily but refinishing can make it look new again
  • Can be noisy on upper floors

Concrete

Concrete used to be associated with unfinished home renovations. In the past few years, this all changed and actually became a trend in the interior design world. Concrete flooring brings a contemporary look that’ll make your modern kitchen unique. There are also tons of styles to choose from!

Cost: $2 – $30 per square foot

Pros

  • Highly durable
  • Versatile
  • Different styles to choose from
  • Contemporary look
  • Resistant to dents, scratches, impact, and spills

Cons

  • Cold and hard if you’re walking barefoot
  • Difficult installation
  • Easily stains
  • Needs regular re-sealing

Laminate

Laminate flooring is also a great choice for your modern kitchen — packed with several layers that are bonded together with state-of-the-art pressing equipment. Its engineered material brings the durability, style, and low-maintenance that every homeowner needs. A great choice if you have kids or pets in your home!

Cost: $1.5 – $5 per square foot

Pros

  • Highly durable
  • Resistant to dents, scratches, impact, and spills
  • Multi-layered with engineered materials
  • Wide variety of styles and designs
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Only mimics wood, stone, or ceramic
  • Laminate can easily show age and would require replacement
  • Slippery when wet
  • May be noisy on upper floors

Bamboo

Bamboo is often mistaken as wood but it’s actually a very durable kind of grass. Its high density makes it ideal for areas with heavy foot traffic. Also, it’s a pretty eco-friendly choice for that’ll add some spice to your modern kitchen!

Cost: $4 – $9 per square foot

Pros

  • Highly durable
  • Eco-friendly
  • Stylish and trendy
  • Naturally termite resistant
  • Easy to clean and maintain

Cons

  • Limited color options
  • Limited moisture resistance
  • Cheap bamboo flooring is not that durable compared to more expensive ones

Make the Right Choice for Your Modern Kitchen’s Flooring

By now, you should have a general idea of the pros and cons of each flooring material. This will surely help you pick the right flooring material for your kitchen. Of course, you should consider other factors such as the number of family members in your household, if you have kids or pets, expected foot traffic in your kitchen, and such.

We hope that this article has helped you find the right flooring for your kitchen. If you need an a kitchen renovation estimate, you can check out our estimation tool for hassle-free and quick estimates.

6 Durable Flooring Materials for Your Modern Kitchen was last modified: July 2nd, 2018 by Raffy Marabut
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