Decorating & Design

December 8, 2008

Resilient Kitchen Flooring

Q. With cost and appearance in mind, what is the most resilient kitchen flooring available?

A. The most resilient flooring on today’s market is cork tile. It is available in 12” by 12” or 12” by 24” squares and costs approximately $6 a square foot. However, with its striped or swirled patterning, it has a fairly busy look and this can limit its usefulness. It looks best in a contemporary kitchen.

For a really funky and colourful kitchen, Marmoleum is both durable and affordable. It costs around $4 a square foot and is available in sheet or tile form. The big plus about Marmoleum is that it comes in a wide selection of vibrant colours. For this reason, Marmoleum looks best in a kitchen with personality.

For a more conservative look, look at solid vinyl tiles. They are also durable and, because they are available in plain colours, they are appropriate in a traditional kitchen. Nothing compares to the classic look of a black and white checkered floor in a bistro-style kitchen. At $1 per square foot, solid vinyl is also more affordable than most types of resilient flooring.

Finally, there is also a wood vinyl flooring available that looks like real hardwood and is very durable and easy to clean. However, at around $8 a square foot, it can significantly increase the cost of your project.