If you know you want new flooring for your kitchen, but you aren’t sure exactly what type or material you want yet, you are probably only sure about one thing: You want it to be the highest rated kitchen flooring. Well, I don’t blame you! No sense in getting a floor, have it be wood, laminates, tile or stone and have it be crappy quality, right?! Well, below, I have ascertained a wide range of flooring materials and types. But, they all have one thing in common: They are the highest rated and reviewed flooring products around. Maybe if you see all of the different options available you will be able to choose a material/product that you really love.
Rubber Rolled Flooring
This one comes to you from Inc Stores and you can check it out here. You might not automatically think of a rubber floor when you think of kitchen flooring, and yet many people decide to place these in their kitchens. Rubber floors are becoming super popular because they are easy on your feet, legs, knees and back. You can stand on them for minutes or hours at a time and yet never be in pain! These ones come in a rubber roll that is 4 feet by 10 feet – 40 square feet. But the price is pretty nice, and the reviews are pretty darn high. For someone such as myself – who would be in the kitchen a lot and needs something comfy to stand on, this would be a really good option, its also really easy to maintain and keep clean. This product comes in a few different colors; blue, gray, black, brick red, tan and green. The brick red has an almost Terracotta look to it. When looking for rubber mats its also a good idea to find out what they contain. This one is pretty green and it does NOT contain phthalates which means its healthier for you and your home.
Solid Pine Wood Flooring
Now if its a wood floor you want, this is a good option to choose from. Each type of wood for flooring has a rating called a Janka rating. Domesticated woods tend to go from soft to hard, and exotics go from hard to super hard. So for example, Brazilian Cherry is at 2820 – the hardest wood around. Whereas Red Oak is1290 and then you have Pine which is at 870. Its by far the hardest wood, however, it works well for flooring and its cost efficient. If you were to get a true Brazilian wood floor it would cost $15,000 to $45,000. Pretty crazy. On the other hand, Ponderosa Pine costs significantly less. This one comes with varying lengths in a 16.5 square foot package. The wood is cured and stained which means its UV light resistant and scratch resistant. This can be used on both regular subfloors, as well as radiant heating flooring. Pretty much everyone that buys this flooring is super happy with it. Its a quality floor, that looks good, is easy to install and easy to take care of. Its also super attractive to look at!
Also, here’s a little graph on Janka Ratings. This one is one of the ones I used when I was finding wood floors for my own home! Its very useful. You can see quite literally all the woods used in things like wood floors and cabinets, as well as their rating. The higher the rating, the better the wood. The Janka deals with a test that is done using a .444mm steel ball. The point is to see how much pressure it takes to embed the ball into the wood. If you cant see the image well enough, click this link.
Again this might not be something you will think of right away, and yet so many people use it. Check it out here if you can’t wait! Its cost efficient, super easy to install and it looks good. These come in a pack of 9 squares 3×3 feet, 16 tiles 4×4, 25 tiles 5×5, 36 tiles 6×6, 49 tiles 7×7, 64 tiles 8×8 feet total, 81 tiles 9×9 feet and 100 tiles which equal out to be 10×10 feet. It also comes in Blackstone, oak, teak and slate black. These have a tong and groove design. That is, each side contains “hooks” that hook into the tile next to it. You can also use glue for extra support if you plan on keeping the floor together for a few years. I bought some of these a few years back for a basement laundry area. Couldn’t use real wood because it was sort of damp like most basements are! But, I needed something that was a little more attractive than the cement flooring we had in the basement. These worked like a charm, and yes, we did use glue to keep them together even more than they already were. People use these for all sorts of things; basement flooring, tap floors, gyms, converted garages, kitchen flooring, bathroom flooring and more. These are also pretty cost efficient which means you can lay down a nice floor, saving up money, and then getting an even better flooring option.
Somertile Retro Hex Flooring
These are porcelain, so you can place these on walls, but they are also strong enough for floors too. These come in 2 different sizing options and 5 different “pattern” options. Since this is porcelain, it has a .50 COF scale which makes it ideal for residential use, but not commercial use. These also have a PEI rating of 4 which allows them to be used for heavy duty uses in your home and they are ski resistant. Everyone openly admits that this tile is really pretty and that’s what caught their eye, to begin with, but they really enjoy the ease of installation, how easy it is to keep clean and maintain. Make sure you test grout options before you actually put the grout down! If you use a colored grout you want to make sure that it not only goes with the decor of the kitchen but that it goes with whatever color options you purchased for the tile itself!
All of these options are good for kitchen flooring. But, if you want something else, consider checking this page out for even more options.