The Best Flooring for Wet Areas

What works well in kitchens and baths?

March 1, 2019

Flooring is available in a multitude of shapes, sizes, colors and durability. When it comes to moisture-prone areas, such as kitchens and baths, it’s important to select a style that will hold up to splashes, spills and repeated cleaning.

modern kitchen with grey tile flooring

Modern kitchen with lovely, grey tile floor


Tile comes in lots of materials. Three of the most common are ceramic, porcelain and natural stone. Ceramic and porcelain are better suited for wet areas than natural stone, as they don’t allow moisture to penetrate as easily. Natural stone should be sealed to make it more water-resistant.

Upkeep for tile floors is relatively minimal. Keep an eye on the grout lines. Over time, they may need to be resealed to keep any dampness from getting through.

  • Lots of styles to choose from
  • Wide range of prices to fit any budget
  • Easy to clean
  • Adds to resale value of home
  • May need to be sealed to be completely waterproof
  • Expensive to install
  • Often slippery when wet
  • Not comfortable to stand on for long periods of time
Vinyl flooring being installed

Vinyl flooring is soft underfoot and easy to install

Luxury Vinyl

Vinyl has come a long way from the peel and stick tiles of the past. New luxury vinyl is extremely durable, can mimic the look of stone or wood and, best of all, is completely waterproof! Many higher-end options come with felt or foam backing, making them particularly soft underfoot.

Vinyl flooring has a wear layer on top to protect it from dings and scratches, which means it holds up very well to high-traffic areas, such as kitchens.

  • Waterproof (some models may have mold and mildew inhibitors, as well)
  • Inexpensive to install
  • Soft underfoot
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Not many style choices for lower-end models
  • Does not add to resale value of home
  • May wear out after 15-20 years

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