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What Is the Best Type of Flooring for Your Kitchen?


custom kitchen floor 

The kitchen is the heart of the home and where most families spend their time. This room experiences lots of traffic, spills and even the occasional dropped pot. Therefore, your kitchen flooring needs to be strong and resilient.  

But choosing a kitchen floor is a daunting process as there are a variety of flooring types. That’s why Twenty & Oak has put together this list of the best flooring options for your kitchen. 

Laminate Flooring

Many laminate flooring options are water-resistant and easy to maintain, making them perfect for busy households with kids. This flooring option is perfect for home chefs who enjoy cooking and spend lots of time in the kitchen baking or preparing gourmet meals. 

It could be the best flooring for your kitchen, especially if you’re looking for an affordable option. Beauflor’s Hydrana water-resistant laminate is a great option due to the attached pad which helps with it being soft underfoot as well as sound absorption.

Beauflor, Hydrana in Gyant Natural

Sheet Vinyl

Vinyl sheet flooring isn’t what it used to be. In fact, vinyl sheet has had quite the makeover!

Vinyl sheet is easy to install with a loose lay or glue down options. The best part of this flooring type is that it’s also soft and forgiving on sore feet. 

Many vinyl sheet floors are offered in numerous colors and patterns to resemble real stone, including its texture. In fact, a textured vinyl is highly recommended for kitchens to prevent slips. However, seams are inevitable in larger kitchens, which can invite moisture into the subfloor and even trap dirt if not installed correctly. 

Discover some of Twenty & Oak’s best vinyl sheet brands including Beauflor and  Tarkett. Tarkett's "Breath Easy" tagline for their vinyl floors is due to their Asthma and Allergy Foundation certification, which is perfect for those high-traffic kitchens with kids and pets. 

Tarkett, TruTex in Corawood Barley

Vinyl Flooring 

Vinyl flooring has been around for some time but was perceived as being a lower price and lower quality flooring option. Today, the advancements in technology have made it a durable, long-lasting, and sought after flooring type that is still very affordable. 

Luxury vinyl planks and tiles come in a variety of styles that resemble wood and stone. It is suitable for light commercial applications, which should give you an idea of its durability.

Perfect for busy kitchens, many luxury vinyl planks and tiles styles are water-resistant and stain-resistant. Plus, cleaning it is a breeze with the occasional sweep and mop. 

If you’re looking for the ultimate vinyl flooring that can handle it all, waterproof floors might be the flooring type for you. Not only do waterproof flooring options include a waterproof core, but designs can vary from smooth tile to a rustic hardwood look. Searching for an easy to maintain option? Check out Palmetto Road’s waterproof flooring collection. Need a flooring type that’s extremely durable without compromising its beauty? Browse Metroflor’s Engage Genesis designs and find the perfect style for your kitchen. 

Metroflor Engage Genesis 2000MW in Faded Slate

Natural Stone Tile

Marble, granite, slate and even travertine make beautiful kitchen flooring. But one thing to consider is that it’s porous, which means it stains quite easily. While you can apply a stone sealer to coat and protect from these mishaps, the sealer must still be applied routinely. 

Another thing to keep in mind is that natural stones have a hardness rating. Some stones are not as durable as others and are more prone to scratches and scuffs. Natural slate and granite, for instance, can be quite durable but need to be sealed every so often. Polished marble will show the most wear. Instead, opt for engineered stone flooring.

Engineered Stone Flooring

tile floor hallway through kitchen 


If you don’t want to worry about the upkeep of natural stone flooring in your kitchen, take the worry-free approach and install engineered stone flooring. Inspired by natural stone and ceramic tiles, this manmade flooring can resemble stone, slate, marble and even travertine. 

Engineered stone flooring is practical, especially for kitchens, which are accustomed to seeing high traffic. It’s extremely durable, crack-resistant, and unlike ceramic tile and porcelain, engineered stone is a warm underfoot and has noise-canceling qualities, meaning you won’t hear every little clang and crash as dinner is prepared. 

While there is some upkeep involved, the best part of engineered stone flooring is that, unlike natural stone, you don’t need to reseal or wax to maintain its lustrous finish. If you want marble but don’t want the upkeep, engineered stone floors have plenty of options. Take a look at UltraCeramic’s Castelli Marble, Spa Marble or Marble Jewel with its striking vein details. 

UltraCeramic is also a fantastic option for achieving the look of ceramic tile but it is engineered for extra durability and warmth underfoot. This collection is perfect for creeping to the kitchen in bare feet for a midnight snack.  

Hardwood Flooring

Hearthwood, ​Appalachian Spring in Rumbling Bald 

With the durable and long-lasting sealers and polyurethane finishes available today, hardwood flooring can truly hold its own against a kitchen's everyday use. With these modern finishes, hardwoods are capable of being resistant to moisture more than ever before. However, with the natural quality of hardwoods, you need to be diligent and wipe up spills as they happen.  With proper care, hardwood floors can last for decades in your home. Premium quality UV cured urethane finishes and durable stains are features of all Twenty & Oak hardwood options, providing the surface durability required for busy kitchens. 

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