Choosing the Best Kitchen Flooring

When people ask us what the best kitchen flooring is, it’s a difficult question because it depends on your style. For example, does your family cook a lot in your kitchen, do you wear shoes in your home, and do you host a lot? There are many different options for flooring and the first thing you should think about is your lifestyle.

Kitchen Flooring

What are the Flooring Options for Kitchens?

As technology improves and we learn more about metallurgy, masonry, and carpentry, flooring options will also increase. The most common flooring options to choose from are hardwood, laminate, vinyl, linoleum, porcelain, ceramic tile, marmoleum, bamboo, rubber and natural stone tile.

How To Choose the Right Flooring For My Kitchen?

How to choose the right kitchen flooring

There are a lot of options to choose from, so how Do you choose the right tile for your family? As I mentioned before, the type of home, family, and lifestyle you have will determine which flooring will be best suit you. Do you have pets, are you elderly and need a non-slip surface? Pets, infants, and the eldery all need to be considered when installing a new floor.

Bigger families will want a floor that can handle moisture from condensation, spilt milk, juice, wine, etc… Growing up my family cooked most of our meals from our kitchen, so we were always getting some sort of sauce or juice from spilling all over the floor. If your family sounds similar to the one I grew up with, your best option will be rubber, linoleum, terrazzo, marmoleum, or vinyl. However, if you’re wanting to remodel after the kids move out the house, Ceramic, porcelain,and natural stone are eye-catching options.

Best Looking Kitchen Flooring


Most experts will always suggest tile or vinyl floors for kitchens because they’re some of the most durable and forgiving surfaces we can install. However, if you’re looking for your kitchen to stand out like a welcoming beacon for gatherings, a porcelain tile is elegant and beautiful. Porcelain has an incredibly high water absorption rate, so it handles spills like a champ. There are not many types of materials that are as customizable as porcelain.

Porcelain is usually thought of as cheap and fragile glass made with designs that are outdated by decades. The type of porcelain tile we can install in your kitchen will blow you away.

Contact our sales team and they will set you up with a consultation. We can do dozens of design options that will set you apart from everyone else. Some of the designs we can do for you will take your breath away. Give us that chance and call us at 703.552.9596 to learn more.


  • Completely customizable with dozens of designs to choose from
  • Much more durable than people are led to believe
  • Waterproof
  • Aesthetically beautiful
  • Perfect for families
  • Guests will gravitate to your kitchen
  • Porcelain flooring will increase the value of your home


  • Very expensive
  • Not meant for big families with pets (can chip over time)

What if Porcelain is Too Expensive?

Natural Stone

For many of us porcelain can be too expensive at anywhere between ≅ $15-$25 per square foot (sq/ft). According to Homeadvisor,  a renovation with porcelain is between $2,700-$13,000 for a 200 sq/ft kitchen.

The best option if you don’t want to drop more than $10,000 on a kitchen floor would be granite or marble. Not only can you get granite as low as $6 sq/ft with installation being anywhere betwen$6-$22 sq/ft. provides insulation, warming your floor and helping with heat cost in the winter months. So, you can have a beautiul granite floor for around $5,000-$7,000 and still look elegant and classy.


  • Very strong and durable
  • Insulating to keep heat inside
  • Comes in countless sizes, shapes, and colors for great customization
  • More affordable than Ceramic or Porcelain
  • A nice granite or marble will increase the value of your home


  • Can be expensive to customize
  • Have to be careful on which type of stone (not all waterproof)
  • Stone is great for pets, but stone can deteriorate from dog claws on the corners of the stone

Most Affordable Kitchen Flooring

Most Affordable Kitchen Flooring


As someone who just bought a house I can without any doubt say that I’m happy I went with a cheaper kitchen floor. My family loves to cook and we spend much of our time in our kitchen. I decided to go with vinyl sheeting because it’s the most affordable flooring around at $1.00 sq/ft and takes the punishment that a family of cooks can dish out.

One thing many people see when they hear vinyl is the heap looking filament that does decent at repelling water and looks like a 90s’ movie scene. Modern vinyl technology has improved the aesthetics and durability of the material. It may not be as nice as custom stone work, but for around $800 you can get a 200 sq/ft kitchen floor. Not to mention, vinyl can be cut and designed to look like stone, wood, ceramic, or even rubber.


  • Very strong and durable
  • Most affordable kitchen flooring
  • Incredibly versatile with thousands of different color combinations and patterns
  • Water-repellent
  • Perfect for large families with a lot of foot traffic and multiple pets


  • Vinyl isn’t going to last longer most other flooring surfaces
  • Doesn’t increase the property value

Best Eco-Friendly Kitchen Flooring


One great option for home-owners with bigger budgets is a material called Terrazzo. It’s made from recycled marbles, glass, cement or epoxy resin. My wife and I both really loved the incredible designs of the terrazzo flooring, but it runs $25-$100 sq/ft. The fact that companies can reuse and recycle while still making something beautiful and practical is amazing.

Originally, terrazzo was created with a cement base to hold all the recycled material together. Cement is also waterproof so terrazzo became a very useful and creative way to have a unique kitchen floor. Now, we’re able to use a newer epoxy terrazzo made from all recycled material! This means, if you’re looking for a 100% recycled and reused product, this is the floor for you.


  • Very strong and durable
  • Known to last decades
  • 100% recycled material for the epoxy terrazzo
  • Thousands of one of a kind designs
  • Water-resistant
  • Great for large families and dogs
  • Commonly used in large commercial areas, such as airports, office buildings, and hospitals
  • Does not contain grout to keep the material together,saving a lot of energy and money on cleaning costs
  • Will not stain from tomato sauce, oils, peppers, or even turmeric!


  • Terrazzo can be very expensive ($25 sq/ft to $100 sq/ft)

Best Affordable Eco-Friendly Flooring


Marmoleum kind of sounds like it’s completely made up, but it’s not only real, it’s a great alternative to vinyl. Many people think marmoleum is the same as linoleum, but they’re processed differently. For example, Marmoleum is made from all natural materials, such as linseed oil, jute, and wood flour (ground up wood into fine powder). This is perfect for those who love the idea of having a 100% recyclable kitchen floor that holds up to the abuse of constant spills and drops.


  • Very strong and durable
  • Most affordable Eco-Friendly kitchen flooring ($3.00-$10.000 sq/ft)
  • Incredibly versatile with dozens of patterns and designs
  • Water-repellent
  • Perfect for large families with a lot of foot traffic and multiple pets
  • 100% organically made from trees and plants
  • Very easy to clean and maintain
  • Easily and quickly installed
  • Better version of vinyl and linoleum


  • Doesn’t have great insulation in the flooring compared to stone or ceramic

Why Should I Choose Monumental Contractors?

Kitchen Flooring Installation

We take pride in serving Baltimore, D.C., and Northern Virginia with exceptional service at an affordable price. We believe in transparency, integrity, and giving our customers exactly what they want.

Monumental has experts in remodeling kitchens and will help guide you to the best option for your family. We have a step-by-step process for all kitchen remodeling that you can find here at  

Flooring can be challenging and expensive to have installed, but we offer the most competitive prices in the industry. Do it yourself (DIY) projects for flooring can save you money, but it can also result in zero warranties from the manufacturers. If you accidentally chip a corner trying to install a tile, you can lose that money or have to live with chipped tile forever. In short, you can trust Monumental Contractors because we will take care of you like we do our own families.

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