Waterproof Kitchen Flooring | Vinyl, Tile, Wood, Cork

Comment by The AQK Team on January 13, 2017

Waterproof Kitchen Flooring | Vinyl, Tile, Wood, Cork

   When installing flooring in your kitchen, there’s a lot to consider. Will it be comfortable to stand on? Will it be slippery or slip-resistant? Will it match the rest of my kitchen? And of course, will it be waterproof? Having waterproof kitchen flooring is a top priority for many homeowners because a kitchen is like a bathroom; it’s a high traffic area in the house that has to stand up to a lot of wear and tear, and a lot of that comes from water or other liquids. For kitchen flooring, you need something that won’t stain or warp from liquid or damp, and is easy to clean when spills do happen.

A few decades ago you wouldn’t have had many options, but now we have some great waterproof flooring. These are our 4 favorite types of waterproof kitchen flooring.

Top 4 Waterproof Kitchen Flooring

1. Vinyl

Vinyl flooring is a really great option for flooring in any room, including kitchens. Vinyl has a lot of great features like:

  • It’s comfortable underfoot.
  • It’s easy to maintain and durable.
  • It’s budget friendly.
  • It comes in a wide range of colors and patterns.


Vinyl flooring is considered resilient flooring, which means it is very soft. It’s cushy underfoot, so if you’re standing in your kitchen for a long time while cooking or entertaining, you won’t get as tired. And because it’s cushioned, when you drop something like a bowl or cup on your vinyl floor, there’s a smaller chance that it will break. If you have a klutz in your family, this is a game-changer!


Another huge reason vinyl flooring is so popular is that it’s incredible durable and easy to maintain. Maintenance doesn’t go beyond normal mopping or sweeping. And vinyl is waterproof and stain-resistant. Vinyl also has a layer that makes it scuff- and scratch-resistant. This layer wears off eventually, but should protect your floors for 10 to 15 years. Some brands even have mold inhibitors!


Vinyl flooring and it’s family member Luxury Vinyl Tile (or LVT for short) is also one of the most versatile flooring options out there. LVT in particular can mimic hardwood, stone, and ceramic tiles. It’s an absolutely beautiful material and no one will ever know that it’s vinyl.


2. Tile

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Tile is a classic material for waterproof kitchen flooring. It has stood the test of time in rooms like the kitchen and the bathroom for a reason. Tile is:


  • Tough as nails.
  • Beautiful.
  • Low maintenance.

With tile, you have a few choices of material. There is ceramic, porcelain (a form of ceramic) and stone.

Porcelain is incredibly durable form of ceramic because it is kiln-fired at very high temperatures so it comes out stain- and water-proof and very durable. You have the option of glazed or unglazed, and there are many different colors and patterns to choose from.

Stone tiles are made up of materials like marble, sandstone, granite, and slate. There’s different levels of absorption for stone tiles, so make sure to choose something that is lower on the end of the absorption spectrum (look for words like vitreous and impervious).

When choosing tile, make sure you look for a textured stone or ceramic. The Americans with Disabilities Act also rates flooring for levels of slip-resistance, so if this is important to you look out for their seal of approval.

And the last thing to remember with tile flooring that that it may be waterproof, but grout ages. It’s important to maintain your grout well because loose or old grouting can let moisture seep it. Luckily, there is grouting now that is more water-resistant that traditional grout.


3. Cork

waterproof kitchen flooringCork maybe an unusual flooring option for some, but it has a lot of great qualities that make it good for the kitchen. Cork is:

  • Eco-friendly.
  • Soft like vinyl.
  • Slip-resistant.


To make cork, bark is harvested from a certain type of tree. The bark is harvested once a decade, allowing the tree to regrow its bark, making it a sustainable product. And countries that sell cork are very protective of its sustainability, so if you are eco-conscious, you can rest easy with a cork floor.


Like vinyl, cork floors are soft. This is great if you cook a lot or entertain in the kitchen frequently. Those long days or nights standing in your kitchen won’t be so tiring for your legs. Instead, you can focus on the food and the fun!


Another great feature of cork is that it is slip-resistant. This is because it is a naturally textured product, so your feet or shoes have more grip and you are less likely to slip.


The downside to cork is that you need to get it resealed every three years or so. This seal makes it water-resistant and scratch-proof. If you don’t reseal it, cork could get moldy or warp from moisture.


4. Engineered Wood

waterproof kitchen flooring

You may see the word wood and think, these people are crazy, wood isn’t waterproof!! Well, engineered wood can be. Engineered wood is two thin planks of wood that sandwich a sturdy plank of plywood in the middle. This plywood base makes the wood more water-resistant and less likely to warp or buckle with moisture. It’s the only type of wood suitable for moisture-prone rooms like basements, kitchens and bathrooms. Of course, you have to be more careful with it than a material like tile, but for some people, the look of wood floors is worth it.


Need a New Kitchen Floor?

So which one sticks out to you? There’s a lot of great options and modern technology has made flooring much more durable, easy-to-maintain, and–of course–waterproof. If you have any questions about waterproof kitchen flooring or want to take a look at some of these materials in our showroom, give us a call or stop on by and our design-consultants would be happy to chat!

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