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Discover where to find the best flooring ideas and find out how to narrow down your options

Cabinetry, appliances, light fixtures—the list of all the types of things you have to make decisions about when planning your home’s dream kitchen can seem never-ending, but tasks like picking your kitchen flooring to go a little easier when you begin with planning.

Choosing the best kitchen flooring

Your new kitchen flooring will have to work on so many levels to be harmonious with all of your other remodeling decisions and make the best use of the floorplan.

From luxury vinyl and hardwood to porcelain and ceramic tile, there are so many materials at every price point available in a wide range of colors, textures, and maintenance requirements available today.

Select the right kind of new kitchen flooring by doing research based on your lifestyle and project needs.

Think about how you’ll use your kitchen

Increase your long-term satisfaction by doing a little soul-searching and research upfront to research to find the ideal kitchen flooring option to meet your needs.

Are you a wannabe foodie who is always using the kitchen to try out new recipes? Or, do you—every now and then—drop a sharp utensil (or a full platter of food!) on the floor? If that’s the case, you likely want durable, hard-working flooring that can stand up to those occasional, unintentional messy cooking mishaps.

Are you the ultimate host who likes to use their kitchen to entertain guests? If this sounds familiar, you might want to pick a stylish flooring material that will keep looking exquisite for years to come.

Are you passionate about the environment or have a family member with allergies? You might want to explore choosing an eco-friendly or recycled flooring material that has a small carbon footprint and that you can feel good about putting into your kitchen.

Are your spouse, kids, and pets always congregating in your kitchen? Is it the most popular room to hang out in your home? If so, you probably need kitchen flooring that’s comfortable, safe, and easy to keep looking clean despite all the foot traffic.

What “look” do you want

After you have taken your lifestyle needs into consideration, you may also want to think about your preferred design style (and related factors like color, texture, and finish), warranty needs, and favorite design trends.

Continue your initial research process and learn what you like (and don’t like) by answering other crucial big-picture questions, including:

  • Why are you remodeling your kitchen floors?
  • What is the primary way you use your kitchen?
  • What are the best qualities of your current kitchen flooring?
  • What things about your existing kitchen floors frustrate you?
  • What are the key things you need from your new flooring?

Popular kitchen floor must-haves

Unsure where to go to get inspiration for your kitchen flooring renovation project?


How often do you want to clean your new kitchen floors? If you’re like most homeowners, you’re probably not interested in spending most of your spare time working to keep your kitchen floors clean. Simple spills shouldn’t be tricky to clean-up.

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Whether you’re hunting for material with a sophisticated, contemporary look or a kind of kitchen floors that has rustic farmhouse character, it’s always a good idea to choose an elegant kitchen flooring style that’s designed to look as attractive in five years as it does the day it is installed.

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Kitchen flooring options that are made to last are usually also excellent at resisting damage, like dings, dents, stains, and scratches. Choosing an option that’s tough enough to handle guard against moisture issues and daily wear and tear is the key to getting floors you can love for a lifetime.

Where to go to find modern flooring ideas

Talk with a flooring designer to get up to speed quickly on the latest kitchen flooring innvoations and trends.

Are you not quite sure where to go to get inspiration for your kitchen flooring renovation project?

If you’re starting to do some planning and want to use the web, start with social networks like Pinterest and Houzz to browse before-and-after project photos and other flooring resources.

Both of these websites are popular for a reason: they provide a free archive of seemingly endless pictures that you can save for easy reference in the future!

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Information is power. Get up to speed quickly on the latest flooring product innovations and trends by meeting with a kitchen flooring design consultant for an hour. They can talk you through your project, give you new ideas, save you time, and help you get the know-how you’ll need to make the smartest decision on your purchase.


Pick a flooring company

Find the right professionals to work with

Selecting a qualified flooring vendor that you can trust is a critical step when it comes to getting your dream kitchen floors.

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You’ll no doubt pick-up a lot of basics as part of your initial research process, but that’s nothing compared to what the personal touch you’ll get every step of the way when you partner with hands-on experts at a local flooring company on your renovation project. Big box stores and franchises just can’t compete.

Expertise, reputation & reviews

Do your homework and choose carefully because not all flooring companies are created equally.

Ultimately, the flooring company that you decide to hire to help you will make or break your project, underpinning how happy you’ll be with your kitchen floors in the long run.

Look for a flooring company with a track record that proves they’re trusted by homeowners in your community.

When you’re vetting different flooring companies, don’t hesitate to ask your neighbors, friends, and family for advice on which companies they’ve worked with to replace the flooring in their kitchens.

Start your hunt for a top-pick by looking for a top-rated local firm that specializes in flooring, has longevity, and offers the best variety of flooring products.

A flooring company with a track record for successfully completing thousands of projects proves they’re trusted by the community.

Choose a company with proven kitchen flooring design expertise

You’ll also want to partner with a flooring company that has knowledgeable, experienced designers who can help you from start to finish.

Look for someone you can rely on to bring together all the pieces and make sure you get everything that you want from your new kitchen floors.

The best flooring design consultants are easy to work with good listeners who are also creative. They won’t pressure you to make a purchase on the spot, will help you get an accurate flooring measure and estimate, will pay attention to all the details of your project, and help guide you through taking care of any subfloor issues if they come up.

Installation experience

Don’t forget to check to see if the local flooring company you want to work with offers professional installation by contractors who are insured and certified.

If you skip this step, you might end up dealing with costly, time-consuming problems in the future. Make sure your kitchen flooring installation is handled by contractors with the right certifications and proper insurance.


Prep for flooring installation

What you need to know about getting your kitchen ready for your new floors

Once you’ve chosen a flooring product for your kitchen renovation, it’s time to start thinking about installation.

Your flooring design consultant will arrange for your installer to come out to your house and get an accurate measure of your kitchen’s dimensions to place an order. This is an especially critical step for larger rooms and ones that are irregularly-sized.

While the installer is there, they can also help identify and resolve any potential problems that might need to be taken care of before the actual installation process begins.

Subfloors preparation

The flooring material you pick will determine what happens during the installation.

Your kitchen’s old floors have to be removed and disposed of before your new flooring material can be installed. This can be a messy and slow process.

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Your subfloor needs to be clean, level, and able to support the weight of your new flooring. It also needs to have an underlayment.

As part of your preparation process, you should also use a sample of your new flooring material to check doorjambs for adequate clearance and consider how you want to connect your new flooring material with the existing flooring in connected rooms.

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What happens during installation

After the manufacturer has delivered your flooring material order and your subfloor is prepped and ready to go, it’s time to installation.

The type of flooring material you pick for your kitchen will determine what happens during the actual installation process.

Learn more about what to expect if you are installing:

The fun part starts after the installation process is complete: you get to enjoy your new kitchen floors!


Enjoy your new floors

After your flooring is installed, your contractor will provide you with all the know-how you’ll need to take care of your investment—no matter which material you decided to go with—and extend the life of your new beautiful flooring.

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Schedule a consultation with a designer

When you are ready to talk to a professional about your project, consider Kermans. Our flooring design consultants can help you take the guesswork out of picking the best new floors for your kitchen.

If you have more questions about choosing and installing new flooring as part of your kitchen remodeling project, let’s talk. No surprises, no obligation!

Schedule a complimentary flooring design consultation »

Our experts will make sure your new kitchen’s floors not only match your preferred style but also meets your day-to-day durability and maintenance needs. We’re happy to answer all of your questions.

Still considering your options?

Stop by our showroom and discover why Kermans is the better way to buy kitchen flooring.

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Kermans is Indianapolis’ oldest and most trusted local flooring company. We are conveniently located near Keystone Mall on the Northside of Indianapolis on 82nd Street.