Kitchen Flooring 101: Hardwood, Tile & Luxury Vinyl


The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where families gather to cook, eat, and enjoy one another’s company. As one of the home’s most utilized spaces in your home, it’s critical to choose flooring that can withstand all the traffic, while making a statement. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular flooring options on the market: hardwood, tile, and luxury vinyl.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are gorgeous and timeless. They have a warm, sophisticated look and feel, and make for a great long-term investment, adding significant value to your home. Hardwoods come in many types, colors, and finishes, and are extremely durable and stable. They are easy to clean, comfortable to walk on, and can completely transform a kitchen. Hardwood floors can last for generations and can be natural or stained, depending on current trends. Types of hardwood floors include:

Finished in place:  Unfinished wood planks are installed in the home and finished once they are laid. Typically better for a kitchen, since it wears better and liquid and dirt can’t get into the subfloor because of the solid surface. It’s the best option if you want to match existing hardwood flooring that may already be in your home.

Engineered: Built with a core of particle board or plywood and a layer of veneer affixed to the top surface, it is extremely resistant to moisture, buckling, gaping and temperature fluctuations. For this reason, it can also be used in basements or bathrooms.

Solid pre-finished: Pre-finished wood planks are installed in your home. It’s easy and quick to install, plus there is no odor during installation.

Tile Flooring

Tile is beautiful, clean, and extremely water resistant, making it a great choice for homes in very wet or humid climates. It’s durable and scratch resistant and works very well with radiant-heated floors. Plus, it’s very easy to clean, and extremely hygienic since it isn’t porous. With so many sizes, colors, and shapes, the design possibilities are endless! There are many budget-friendly options available, however, high-quality tiles, like porcelain or natural stone can add an unparalleled sense of luxury and refinement to your home.

Luxury Vinyl Planks/Tiles

Luxury vinyl flooring is a new trend in the home design industry. Vinyl has come a long way in the past decade, and is now practically indistinguishable from traditional flooring options, imitating even the most expensive hardwoods or tiles. Luxury vinyl flooring can be purchased in planks (LVP) or tiles (LVT), for an authentic look that requires little to no upkeep.

Whether you choose hardwood, tile, or luxury vinyl planks, Renewal’s team of talented designers can help you select the perfect flooring for your dream kitchen!