When it comes to flooring, there are several options that can make your kitchen both functional and beautiful. Tiles arranged in an intricate pattern, durable hardwood, or sleek concrete. Nearly any choice you make will be the right one.
Except if you choose carpet, like the previous owners of my house did.
Carpet in the kitchen has to be up there on the list of universal offenses, right next to wearing socks with sandals — you just don’t do it. I remember it being a selling point at my high school that the cafeteria had carpeting. It was supposed to make it feel homey, but even then, I knew there was something off about it.
Fast-forward ten years, and I was living in a house with a carpeted kitchen. Who knew what germs and dirt lived in those ancient fibers! The dishwasher had leaked right after we moved in, and water puddled around its base. How many times had it done that same thing before? I was growing concerned about the possibility of water damage to the subfloor, so I knew we had to get that carpet up.
Under the kitchen carpet was a nasty ruined laminate tile. It was once white, but when the carpet was put down, they covered it with yellow glue. What a shame. It could have been cool in a retro way.
I had to move on to a new plan because making the pre-existing tile work was no longer an option. Trying not to dwell on the negatives, I imagined all the beautiful tiles I could put down or maybe continue the hardwood throughout the house. I started ripping up the tile to assess the damage on the subfloor and was defeated again. The subfloor was nearly flush with the hardwood throughout the house. No fancy tiles or hardwood for me.
I guess the good news was the water damage was superficial. Small victories.
Working with an extremely low-profile floor, I had to get creative. I’m not a huge fan of vinyl tiles because they almost always look cheap. Still, that seemed to be my only option, so the research began.
That’s when I stumbled across Style Selections laminate flooring.
Pros and Cons of Style Selections Laminate Flooring
First, let me say that I am in no way sponsored for this review. These are my honest opinions of the product after researching and choosing it on my own. Now, let’s get to it!
- They are very thin. If I’m being honest, the biggest selling point was the thickness of the tiles (2 mm). Laying them over the existing subfloor would bring the kitchen flush with the rest of the house.
- They are reasonably priced. When I purchased them, the tiles were .98 cents per square foot. To cover my entire kitchen, I only needed three boxes. Using my Lowes card and waiting for a sale meant my entire floor was completed for just over $100.
- They are stylish. Not all tiles are created equal, and that’s especially true of vinyl. These were the exact look I wanted in the kitchen. The color is a gorgeous walnut, and there’s very little sheen. At first glance, you would never know they were vinyl.
- They are easy to install. Style Selections laminate flooring tiles are perfect for DIY-ers because the install is so simple. There’s no interlocking system and no messy glues. The tiles are thin and flexible enough that the only tools you need are a ruler, pencil, and a utility knife. Install was so easy, in fact, my husband and I got the whole kitchen floor knocked out in one evening.
- They are not water resistant. Not a big selling point considering I was redoing my kitchen floor because of a leak. Still, they’ve been installed for almost a year, and they’re doing fine, even with my large doggos dripping puddles of drinking water all over it daily.
- They are not scratch resistant. The vinyl material is flexible and almost soft, which is nice when I’m standing in the kitchen cooking for hours. But it does make them prone to scratching. While finishing construction, we had the floors covered in a tarp, which kept them safe. Any little scratches that have popped up since, I’ve just colored in with brown markers.
- They are stick-on tiles. I know, I know. The same thing that makes them an easy product for DIY-ers is also a negative. Long-term, it’s likely these tiles will need maintenance to remain stuck to the floor. Lowe’s recommends using a primer to ensure maximum adhesion, but because it’s not designed to resist water, it likely won’t be enough over the course of its life.
Knowing all these things about the Style Selections laminate flooring, would I use the product again?
Honestly, I don’t think I could find a product that checked all the must-haves on my list. I was working on a tight budget in a short timeline under unbelievable restrictions, and in the end, this product is performing better than I could have hoped for the price point. And, really, what more can you ask for in your DIY projects?