When it comes to kitchen flooring, consumers can often feel spoiled for choice and overwhelmed with all the different options on the market.
From tile to hardwood to laminate and more, it can be difficult to decide what works and looks best in your kitchen!
However, one option that’s been emerging as a popular choice for flooring in the kitchen is vinyl plank flooring.
Here’s a few reasons why you should consider vinyl planks for your next kitchen remodel.
DURABILITY & RESILIENCE
One of the biggest advantages of vinyl plank flooring is how durable it is. It is manufactured to withstand lots of foot traffic, spills, and heavy appliances that are common in kitchens.
Let’s look at the wear layer for instance.
The wear layer is the top and final layer of a vinyl plank. It is made of a clear urethane coating that is both scratch & water resistant. Flooring stores will commonly carry vinyl planks in varying thicknesses of wear layer, generally anywhere form 12 mil to 20 mil or thicker.
Vinyl planks with thicker wear layers are great for rooms like kitchens because it is resilient to common damage like scratching from tables, chairs, or barstools, and can handle lots of foot traffic.
Moving on to the core layer, these can be manufactured in two common ways – Stone Plastic Composite (SPC) or Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) – the core layer is what provides the structure of vinyl planks.
AFFORDABILITY & LOW MAINTENANCE
Being able to resist all that kitchen wear and tear, and weight, you’d think vinyl plank flooring would come with a pretty price tag.
However, it is actually one of the most affordable flooring options on the market!
So if you’re looking for a cost-effective upgrade to your kitchen flooring, without breaking the bank, you’ll love vinyl plank flooring in the kitchen.
On average, vinyl plank flooring is roughly anywhere from 40-60% less expensive than hardwood flooring. You’re looking at a ballpark of $3-$7 per square foot (on average) compared to around $7-$20 per square foot for hardwood.
If the cost savings weren’t enough, you’ll love how low maintenance vinyl plank flooring can be. It’s very easy to clean (a simple sweep, vacuum, and mop has it looking like new), it’s water-resistant (spills aren’t going to ruin those floors) and with those thicker wear layers we mentioned, it’s less prone to scratches, dents, scuffs, or any other wear and tear thrown at it.
Vinyl plank flooring is incredibly versatile. Right below the wear layer exists the “pattern” or “print” layer. This layer is responsible for the wide range of styles, colors, and patterns you can choose from for your vinyl plank flooring.
This makes finding style options that complement the decor of your kitchen a piece of cake.
So whether you opt for a more modern kitchen look, a traditional look, or even decide you’d like to use vinyl tiles as opposed to vinyl planks, the choice is all yours!
EASE OF INSTALLATION
Finally, vinyl plank flooring is incredibly easy to install. In most cases, it can even be installed over your existing flooring, so you don’t have to spend all your time and money on demolition and removal!
Vinyl plank flooring makes use of a tongue and groove snap-on installation system, making it one of the easier flooring options on the market for DIYers.
Whether you choose to hire a professional to install your vinyl plank flooring, remove the existing flooring, or tackle the project yourself, you’ll be able to enjoy your new kitchen flooring in no time!
When it comes to kitchen flooring, vinyl plank flooring is absolutely a good choice in the kitchen!
It’s durable, affordable, easy to install, and comes in so many styles that make it easy as a consumer to find something you’ll love for your next kitchen renovation.
So whether you’re looking to upgrade the flooring in your kitchen, or you’re starting from scratch in a new build, vinyl plank flooring is surely worth consideration.
If you’d like any help or have any questions about your next project, our expert flooring team is here for you. Give us a call or come and visit our south Edmonton showroom for all your flooring needs!