A kitchen is a place where you might be on your feet for hours at a time. That kind of stress on your feet and knees, as well as the lower back, can be pretty tough to deal with. If you aren’t planning a remodel or a new flooring installation – you could just consider laying down some kitchen mats in the meantime.
But, if you are getting a new floor or doing a kitchen remodel and you want to know about the most comfortable flooring options, this is definitely the article you’ll want to read! Below, we will be going over the most comfortable flooring materials for kitchens.
If it’s the comfort that you’re looking for, then these are the best flooring materials to consider.
Cork Kitchen Flooring
While North America is still getting used to the term cork flooring, it’s not a new material by any means. In fact, in other locations such as Europe and Canada, cork flooring has been used for over a century, and for good reason!
– Earth-Friendly: If getting something “green” is important to you, cork is earth-friendly and sustainable.
– Moisture Resistant: Cork flooring is also moisture resistant thanks to its cellular structure.
– Comfortable Flooring: It’s also incredibly soft to walk on which means less stress on your feet, knees, and back. It’s also slip-resistant which makes it a perfect material for the kitchen.
– Has A Long Lifespan: Most cork floors will last up to 25 years, even longer if you take care of them properly. These are also very easy to fix if they get damaged.
Linoleum Kitchen Flooring
A lot of people confuse linoleum with vinyl flooring, but they are actually 2 very different materials! Linoleum is made from natural and renewable materials such as powdered cork, pine rosin, and linseed oil.
– It’s Mid-Range: When considering your budget, you should know that this is mid-range, usually between $2 to $10 per square foot.
– Custom Colors: Linoleum comes in all sorts of colors and patterns.
– Soft and Durable: Linoleum is also very comfortable underfoot, but it’s also durable. To make your linoleum flooring last even longer it’s suggested that you apply and maintain a finish over the material.
Laminate Kitchen Flooring
When talking about comfortable flooring, this is definitely one to consider. The material is very similar to that of vinyl but very budget friendly.
– Low-Budget: Laminate flooring will cost anywhere between $2 to $5 per square foot.
– Easy To Repair: While laminate is not as durable as some of the other flooring options here, it is easy to repair by replacing the damaged plank.
– Moisture Resistant: Like with many of the other options in this article, laminate is also moisture-resistant.
– Looks Like Real Wood: Laminate can also be manufactured to create a wood-like flooring. People with an untrained eye that see your laminate flooring would assume it’s natural hardwood.
This is probably one of the more common floors in homes around the country and for good reason; it looks good, feels good, is cost-efficient, etc. The only minor downside is that you will have to make sure you don’t drop hard objects on it because it can get dinged.
When purchasing vinyl flooring you will have the option to choose from sheets or tiles. Most of the time when you choose tiles it’s because you want to create an intricate design on the floor.
But, if you choose the sheets it’s usually because the homeowner wants a singular color or pattern ie; wood flooring look-alike.
– Budget-Friendly: Materials usually cost anywhere between $2 to $10 per square foot. It essentially comes down to the intricacy of the flooring and how you want it laid out. The more intricate the design, the more it will cost.
– Completely Customizable: Vinyl comes in various colors and patterns. The sky’s the limit considering the fact that “colors” and patterns are printed on the vinyl.
Essentially it comes down to you and what’s important to you. If you don’t mind spending a little more for a floor that is going to last a long time; go with the cork or linoleum option.
On the other hand, if you need something budget friendly, you should consider the vinyl or laminate option.
If you’re interested in knowing more about comfortable flooring for your kitchen, contact Cascade Flooring Pros for more information or call (971) 563-3204.