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An Overview of Flooring Options

Side-By-Side-Comparison-Of-Four-Flooring-Types

Of the many things to consider when purchasing new flooring for your kitchen, these may be the most important: durability, stain resistance and style. Of course, no floor is perfect, so don't expect a certain flooring material to be the most durable, the most stain resistant and the most stylish. Figure out what flooring features are best suited for your kitchen and select accordingly.

 

 
VinylLaminateStoneCeramic

Good for long periods of standing?

Yes

No

No

No

Good for kids
and pets?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Easy to prevent stains?

Yes

 

Yes

No; needs special sealants

No

Good for
radiant heat?

No

 

No

Yes

Yes

Durable?

Yes

Yes

 

Yes

Yes

Chief
advantage?

Lots of colors, easy cleanup, cheap

Look of wood with easier maintenance

Natural look and good for radiant heat

Lots of looks possible

Chief disadvantage?

Can peel up

Susceptible to water damage

Can be
slippery

 

Hard on feet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
HardwoodLinoleumConcreteCarpet

Good for long periods of standing?

No

Yes

No

Yes

Good for kids
and pets?

No

Yes

No

No

Easy to prevent stains?

No; needs special coating

Yes

No

No

Good for
radiant heat?

No

No

Yes

No

Durable?

Yes

No

Yes

No

Chief
advantage?

Durable

Environmentally friendly

Good for radiant heat

Comfort and quiet

Chief disadvantage?

Susceptible to water damage

Not many color options

Requires sealing

Chore to keep clean

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