What Flooring Can I Use In My Kitchen, Bathroom and Basement?

Posted on 03/08/2017Posted by Kevin Ward

What Flooring Can I Use In My Kitchen, Bathroom and Basement?

We want every room in our house to be welcoming and stylish. Kitchens, bathrooms, basements and laundry rooms are all higher humidity areas that need moisture-tolerant flooring, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice design. At Peek’s Floor Co., we want you to have the decor you crave throughout your home. We’ve put together a unique selection at our Richardson flooring showroom that will let you have practically any look in any room. Take a look at these great options and see which one suits your needs.

Why Is Moisture A Problem?

High humidity can cause certain flooring types, especially hardwood, to expand and shrink has moisture levels fluctuate. Some fluctuation is fine, but drastic, daily changes like steamy showers or water seeping into damp basements can put stress on the floors. This can result in warping, cracking and buckling that can only be repaired by replacing the affected area.


Some floor types are more suited for moisture than others. From lowest to highest tolerance, they are:

  1. Engineered hardwood

  2. Laminate

  3. Luxury vinyl

  4. Tile

Engineered Hardwood

Engineered hardwood gives the look of genuine hardwood with a little extra moisture tolerance. In terms of price, it’s usually on the higher end of the scale.

It’s made using a thin layer of real hardwood over a more durable base like fiberboard or strandwood. This core material is denser and less porous, meaning it absorbs less water than pure hardwood. It can withstand some extra humidity when taken care of.

Engineered hardwood can be used in:

  • Well-sealed basements

  • Some kitchens

Engineered hardwood can’t withstand constant high humidity or standing water. It should only be used in watertight basements and kitchens were appliances like the dishwasher are in good working order. The surface hardwood is still susceptible to moisture damage, so spills need to be wiped up immediately. Ask one of our Richardson flooring melamine infused into the core layer, and most are further bolstered with aluminum oxide in the topmost layer.

Laminate can be used in:

  • Well-sealed basements

  • Kitchens

Laminate is still susceptible to damage from constant humidity, but some varieties are more spill-tolerant than engineered wood. These options have their sides sealed with wax or other coatings to resist damage from water that seeps into the gap between floorboards. Ask a Richardson flooring specialist for more details.

Luxury Vinyl

To get the most authentic hardwood look with the highest moisture tolerance, luxury vinyl is the way to go. The newest options feature gorgeous printing and texturing at a price lower than hardwood and even most laminates.

Because it’s made of a polymer material, vinyl offers superior moisture resistance. It’s also soft, comfortable and not as cold underfoot as other flooring.

Luxury vinyl can be used in:

  • Kitchens

  • Basements, even damp ones

  • Laundry Rooms

  • Mud rooms

  • Bathrooms

Vinyl is available in three styles and two price points. Luxury tiles and planks offer the most authentic look. Vinyl sheeting is the least expensive out of all options, and it’s a great choice if you need something temporary.


Think outside the bathroom. Tile is perfect for any room that sees a lot of humidity and a lot of mess. It’s not only about glazed porcelain. Think stone, patterned tile planks and more.

Tile is easy to clean and looks gorgeous when carried over large spaces. It can even flow from the outdoors in. It never warps due to moisture exposure, but you will want to make sure you use stain-resistant types in areas like the kitchen.

Tile can be used in:

  • Kitchens

  • Basements

  • Laundry Rooms

  • Mud rooms

  • Bathrooms

Glazed tile is the most stain-resistant, and porcelain and quartz are the most durable. If you don’t want to worry about dirty grout, opt for tile shades that look good matched with darker grout and tiles that can be installed with minimal grout lines.

It can be frustrating when we have our heart set on a flooring choice, like hardwood, only to find out it doesn’t perform well in certain conditions. Luckily, today’s options mean you never have to choose between form and function again. Come check out the choices at Peek’s Floor Co.’s Richardson flooring showroom today.

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