Updated: Oct 5, 2022
Best Vinyl Plank Floors For Your Kitchen
Are you tired of looking at that old kitchen floor? Is it time to refresh and update the colors and flooring in your kitchen?
There are so many different flooring options. Where do you start? What type of floor should you pick?
Well, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will discuss the process of not only how to pick out the right type of flooring, but we will discuss 3 great kitchen flooring products that you should consider.
Vinyl plank flooring is one of, if not the fastest growing products in the floor covering world. If you walk into any retail floor covering store, you will notice a huge percentage of their showroom space is dedicated to vinyl plank and tile displays.
So, let's dive right in and get started...
Best Vinyl Plank Floors For Your Kitchen
How To Pick Out The Best Type Of Flooring
Walking into a floor-covering store can be a little overwhelming. If you don't know what sort of floor you want, it is very easy to get confused and frustrated. When you first walk into a store, you see rows and rows of ceramic displays, laminate displays, luxury vinyl plank displays, carpet displays, hardwood displays, etc... It just seems like a never-ending parade of products. Not only are you confused about products, but you have no idea about cost.
Many times, you are greeted by a pushy sales person that simply wants to sell you the most expensive product in the store. There are many customers that have cancelled remodeling projects, simply because the buying process is just too difficult and confusing.
We advise our customers to keep things simple. Here is what we recommend to each customer that we deal with:
Step 1: Before you even step foot in a floor-covering store, you need to first understand what you are trying to accomplish with your remodeling project. Why are you wanting to change the flooring? Is your existing floor too old? Is it coming apart? Are you wanting to switch from linoleum to ceramic? There could be a thousand reasons for wanting a new floor. Understand your primary reason for doing this project.
This is extremely important, as different floors have different benefits. For example, if you want to change the flooring, because your existing floor is too slippery, then you might not want to buy a smooth ceramic tile for a new floor. Each type of floor has different characteristics and different assets.
Likewise, knowing "why" you are doing this project will help you communicate better information to your salesperson. Communicating this to your salesperson will point you in the right direction, with the right type of products to examine and consider for your home.
Step 2: Know what your budget is for the project. You need to review your finances and know how much money you are willing to spend. Not only should you know how much money you are willing to spend, but you should also know where the money is coming from. Are you paying cash? Are you financing it? Etc...
It makes no sense to fall in love with a top-end luxury vinyl plank floor if you can't afford the product. It makes no sense to look at 18" x 18" ceramic tile floors, if you can't afford all of the associated installation costs. Etc...
Step 3: Once you have completed Steps 1 & 2, now you are ready to begin the shopping process. Upon visiting your local flooring store, you need to explain your project to your salesperson and ask them to set up a home measurement (most stores will gladly set up a free home measurement).
Understanding the installation and knowing the square feet involved in the project are important ingredients for a store to put together any sort of quote.
At this point of the process, you are simply making your first contact with the store. You are not taking home any samples, you are not putting any money down on any product, etc...Your only purpose with this first visit is to set up the home measurement.
Step 4: Now that you have completed the home measurement, you can call the store salesperson. Give the salesperson your budget figure, and ask them to put together some product ideas for you, that meet your budget and project goal.
Set up an appointment with your salesperson to be ready to show you samples that will be below your budget, at your budget, and above your budget. By doing this, once you're in the store, you will then start to get a good idea of your product options.
Step 5: Create a "maybe pile." As you start to look around, anything that you "like," pull it out of the display, and start creating a pile of potential winning products. Make sure to select potential products that are below your budget, at your budget and some that are above your budget.
Once you have selected 5 or 6 potential products, take all of them home. It is very important to see these samples in your space. The lighting and room colors at your home will be much different than in the retail store. Put the products on the floor and let them sit for a few days.
After walking around them, you will discover that you either like 1 or 2 of them, or you might decide that none of them work.
If you have 1 or 2 that you really like, then you can make a product decision based on both the color and the price. If none of the samples work, then you simply start the process all over again at the store, until you find a winning product.
We have a great article, How To Buy Flooring For Your Home, that does a really good job of explaining this process further, as well as explaining our process on how to get associated with the right salesperson.
Why Vinyl Plank Flooring?
One of our favorite types of flooring for a kitchen area is vinyl plank flooring. Vinyl plank flooring (otherwise known as "LVP"), has become one of the fastest growing products in the floor covering world. With its many product features, LVP is perfect for a kitchen area. Some of these features include:
Easy To Install
Easy To Clean
Multiple Styles and Colors
LVP also comes in a variety of board widths and board lengths. It is a beautiful product that looks awesome in a kitchen, especially in an open-concept kitchen that runs into a dining room or living room space.
There are many different vinyl plank flooring products. Likewise, each manufacturer has its own good, better, and best products. While we can't review each one, here is a quick sneak peek of three of our favorite products:
3 Of Our Favorite Best Vinyl Plank Floors For Your Kitchen
Kardean - Korlock Select
"The award-winning Korlok Select range features a wide variety of wood and stone visuals sourced from across North America and Europe. Whether you're seeking the charm of our Antique French Oak, taken from a 17th-century French chateau, or the stunning look of rare Italian Calacatta marble in Palazzo Marble, Korlok Select has a look to fit your unique style in extra-long 56" x 9" planks or 18” x 24” tiles." - Kardean Design Flooring
One of the features we like the best about Korlock Select is the board size. At a width of 9", and a length of 56", this product has a very distinct feel and look when installed.
Thickness: 6.5 mm
Wear Layer: 20 mil
Warranty: Lifetime Residential
To get the complete specification sheet, you can download it here:
Korlock Select has both tile and plank designs. For a kitchen area, either one would look awesome! Each pattern is very unique, and clear and would work with any cabinet design. With its click-together installation system, Korlock Select is an easy installation and would perform well in a home kitchen area.
Mannington - Adura Max
Mannington is a leading manufacturer of both vinyl tiles & vinyl plank flooring. One of the vinyl plank products that we love for your kitchen is Adura Max.
Adura Max is available in many of today's popular colors and designs and has all of the bells and whistles that you would expect from a high-end performing floor.
Adura Max is waterproof, it is easy to clean, very durable, and features a unique scratch-resistant protection system.
Why Choose Mannington ADURA® Vinyl Plank?
• ADURA® floors are waterproof, scratch-and indentation-resistant and easy to maintain
• ADURA® is perfect for any room where st