Advantages of using pavers as kitchen flooring

Pavers as kitchen flooring give you a durable floor that’s easy to care for. Kitchen brick floors can be as formal or informal as you want, determined by the pattern you choose and throw rugs you scatter on them. Brick flooring is absorbent so does need to be sealed to protect it from water, grease and dirt stains so common in kitchens. If you have an environmental focus in your home, consider reclaimed brick that is used as flooring. In fact, this concept has been gaining a lot of ground lately, and people are specifically asking for reclaimed brick to be used for flooring at home. however, you may have to ensure that such reclaimed brick meets the required standards and is devoid of any physical deformity.

 

The choice that you make for your kitchen flooring dictates the entire feeling of your kitchen. In most homes, the kitchen is the central hub of activity of the entire family. That’s why most people want flooring that makes the kitchen feel warm and inviting. Installing pavers as kitchen flooring has multiple advantages. Nobody wants their home to look like just anyone else’s. There has to be a certain identity to your kitchen, just like you strive to be different from all the people out there. Pavers are an excellent way of doing this. It can also go on to become a style statement, something that you will be appreciated for.

 

Brick pavers as kitchen flooring can help create a warm feeling in your kitchen so that it feels more welcoming. Although this is an unusual choice for kitchen flooring, it is a choice that can make your kitchen into that one of a kind showplace that you want it to be.

 

When most people think of brick pavers, they think of outside spaces. Brick pavers are used outside for patios, porches, steps, and sidewalks, but they are also a great choice for indoors. Brick is extremely durable and easy to take care of, which is why it is an ideal choice for a high traffic area like the kitchen. The kitchen is one of the most traveled rooms in the home and it needs flooring that is durable, easy to clean, and that is beautiful. Just because people in the past did not prefer to brick because of whatever reason they had, doesn’t mean we have to say no to it. Brick flooring pavers in a kitchen can be the ideal thing that goes with your house giving it a unique feel and look.

 

Brick pavers as kitchen flooring add texture, color, design, and beauty to your kitchen no matter what your tastes are. Brick flooring is one of the most neutral flooring choices that you can make as it goes with almost any color, any wood, and any decorating style. The beautiful, natural pattern of brick adds interest and appeal to the rooms as well.

 

Many companies offer reclaimed brick to use as flooring. Reclaimed brick is brick that was taken from a building that was scheduled to be demolished. This brick is then cleaned and repurposed for use in other homes, business, and buildings. This is a great way to recycle brick and the natural aged look of the brick can create a floor that others will be envious of!

 

There are many different ways that brick can be laid in your kitchen. The most common designs that are laid are the running bond, herringbone, and basket weave designs. Running bond is when the brick pavers are laid end to end in staggered rows. Herringbone is when bricks are laid in a diagonal direction and basket weave is when the bricks are laid at cross angles to each other as if woven. These different designs help create an unusual look and texture in the kitchen. Some of these designs can be done without any external help while others might need some expert hands to be completed. You may take the final call on that.

 

Brick flooring must be sealed so that it does not stain. If sealed, brick flooring is easy to take care of with simple sweeping, vacuuming, and cleaning with a mild detergent. This makes them ideal for rooms where messes reign supreme such as in the kitchen, family room, or other rooms that see a lot of messes.

 

Kitchen brick floors will instantly update your kitchen from cold and uninviting to warm and welcoming. If you are looking for a kitchen floor that is easy to clean, durable, and beautiful, then brick pavers as kitchen flooring are a choice that you will definitely want to consider.


56 thoughts on “Advantages of using pavers as kitchen flooring

  1. I have some experience with them. My folk’s house has pavers from the front door through the kitchen into the sun room. We all like them tremendously.
    You need to clean up spills immediately. You are better off getting food crumbs up quickly too — a hand-vac is helpful for that.
    They chose the basket weave pattern because it fit their style. I think it gives their house a more classic and timeless look.
    What other questions do you have?

  2. We have a kitchen floor paved with brick pavers. they were never sealed, but waxed a lot over the years. Now there is an ugly wax build-up in the corners that cannot be removed with Brillo pads or bleach. How can I clean those corners so I can get the floor sealed?

  3. The recipe I hear for cleaning this kind of gunky build-up is a mixture of 1/4c all-purpose cleaner (make sure it doesn’t have chlorine), 1c ammonia, and 1/2gal cool water. Be sure to change the water frequently so you really get a clean floor.
    A good all-purpose cleaner to have around is StainSolver — it’s a great oxygen bleach cleaner that’s perfect for most of your cleaning needs around the house — from floors to laundry.
    Once you get the wax cleaned from corners and other areas it will be ready for sealing. Then you can stick with cleaners that won’t create a wax build-up.

  4. We just moved into a house with brick pavers that run along the periphery of the living room, into the kitchen. My question in, how do I know if the pavers are sealed? The are beautiful and shiny. But are they sealed?
    And, HOW does one seal them if they are not?

  5. Being shiny is one great way of telling they are sealed. But to be certain, dribble some water onto them and see if it beads up or soaks in.
    If it beads up, the floor is sealed. If it soaks in, the floor needs to be sealed.

  6. How do I find someone to put brick down on the kitchen floor? I plan to use the pavers from Lowes that have the “antique” look and it will be going on a slab. I want to make sure the brick layer really knows what they are doing. I live in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.
    Thanks!

  7. Hi Liz!
    Usually the best way to go about this is to ask around (friends, family, co-workers, etc.) to see if anybody you know can recommend some good brick layers or home remodelers. Another good route is to look in your phone book and start calling…. ask if they can do the project and ask for references. After that you can start getting quotes to make your decision of who to have do the work.
    You wrote that the pavers would be installed on a slab…..I presume you mean a concrete slab? If so, no problem, just need to consider whether you’re going to have a moisture barrier of some sort applied first before starting the brickwork. If you were to have a floor supported by joists, you’d have to make sure that they will bear the weight of the pavers, strenghtening them would be in order.
    Best of luck with your project – you’ll have to let me know how it turns out!

  8. We are getting ready to install brick pavers for our kitchen floor. We are attempting to do this ourselves. Is there instructions for this and how do we seal the floor and with what.

  9. Hi Tracey!
    This has been addressed several times. The biggest thing is to make sure your floor is STRONG enough to handle the extra weight. Use the search function in the upper right-hand corner and search for brick or paver along with strong or strength. Same goes with sealing & polishing. It depends on largely upon whether you want a high gloss or lower gloss polish.

  10. I have bricks on my floors and have sealed them with Thompson’s waterseal. What can I put on them to make them shine? Thank you.

  11. Hi Phyllis,
    I’ve never used Thompson water seal myself, so I don’t know what other products would be compatible with it. There should be a phone number on the container that you can call and ask them.

  12. We want to use brick pavers in on kitchen. We have found them at Lowes, can you recommend any other stores that carry them? What kind of moisture barrier were you talking about with Liz? Also, can you ever use pavers on walls or as trim decorative work, or does it look tacky?
    Thanks,
    Linde

  13. Hi Linde!
    There are many companies that make brick pavers – I’d suggest using a search engine like Google and type in brick pavers manufacturer and see what kind of hits you get – or even just type in brick pavers. Most of the manufacturer’s websites will have a link somewhere showing where you can buy them. Lots of stores have pavers, Home Depot, True Value, etc.
    There’s different kinds of moisture barriers you can use, it just depends on your situation. You didn’t mention if your kitchen sits on a concrete base, if you have a crawl space or what. I really think you should read up on the Moisture Proofing and Sealing Basement Floors sections of the site.
    Yes, you can use pavers as trim – it can be a little tricky since you’re putting them on vertical surface though. I couldn’t tell you if it’d look tacky or give you a case of ‘over-kill’ though since I don’t know how your kitchen is set up. It would probably be best to lay the floor first and then decide. You could always take a photo of your kitchen with the new flooring down and draw in where you’d want the paver accents to be (or do it in a computer photo editor program!) – it should give you a better idea of how it’d look and you could then decide from there.

  14. Hi Liz,
    Our house sits 32″ off the ground and I wanted to put brick pavers in our laundry room/rear entrance, what do I need to know about this?

  15. Hi Christina,
    Well, first of all I would think that you need to make sure your floor joists are strong enough to support the additional weight. If not, they’ll need to be beefed up.
    Moisture is always a problem for brick – you’ll need to make sure you seal it really, really well and it doesn’t hurt to put a coat on before the floor is laid – it’ll make it easier to remove the grout haze after it’s been laid, before you put the final sealer on it. Do you have a moisture barrier of some kind on top of the dirt in the crawlspace and running up part of the ‘wall’ of the crawl space? It’s always a good idea to do so – that way water vapor can’t degrade the joists.
    Search around on this site and using a search engine to find out about problems that others have had and what solutions were used. In short, I guess my best answer would be to educate yourself as much as possible before you start the project.

  16. Hi,
    My husband and I gathered thousands of brick pavers from a road demo, can we use these in our kitchen. They have been stacked up outside for a couple of years, and I we need a new kitchen floor. Our foundation is concrete slab. Any suggestions on sites on how to install? Thanks
    sharon

  17. Hi Flooring Lady, I have brick pavers in my kitchen, laundry room and pantry-the grout and pavers were very stained and dirty when I bought the house-I have tried everything I can think of to clean the grout and pavers-do you have any suggestions? thanks Nancy

  18. Hi Nancy,
    You might want to try a product like StainSolver – it works better than OxyClean because it’s got more bleaching action – though it won’t bleach out your concrete – just the dirt. It may not work on everything, but it’s a good product to start with and doesn’t cost very much. I have an old ‘family van’ that has really been abused over the years, my first mistake was not setting any rules about eating or drinking in the van, didn’t worry about since it wasn’t new and I figured the kids would naturally be careful. Hah! The rug had literally gotten disgusting, so over the weekend I got out my StainSolver and mixed it up with hot water and it worked wonders! Dummy me should have used a wet-vac, but towel-blotting it worked well. Anyhoo, the point I’m trying to make is that I’ll bet it works well on your floor.
    After you get it cleaned as best as you can, you’ll definitely want to seal it. Brick is so porous and dirt literally gets into the brick. You can check for yourself to see if it’s still sealed by putting drops of water on the brick – if it beads up – it’s sealed, if it soaks in, then obviously it’s not. If it turns out that it is still sealed, the StainSolver will still help clean it. Hopefully, you wouldn’t have to resort to stripping the brick and resealing. Another thing to note is that if it’s sealed (or still sealed here & there), you’ll still probably need to strip it because you wouldn’t know what kind of a sealer was put on it before and you can’t mix different types of sealers. Yeah, I know…….. oh joy! Look forward to the fact that once you get it all squared away, maintaining your floor will be much easier.

  19. Where can I purchase brick pavers for use in a large dinning room?
    I would like them to look old.
    thank you in advance for your help.
    Erma

  20. Hi Erma,
    For truly old pavers, you could always try to find reclaimed pavers – these are removed from other houses, usually old ones, and you’ll be guaranteed of getting something that already has seen a lot of action.
    New pavers can be bought at your big box stores (Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc.) and through smaller companies. If you go to google.com and type in “brick pavers” (with the quotes) you’re bound to find some. Speaking with some local contractors should furnish you with some leads as well – for both old and new pavers. Best of luck!

  21. I just had my old brick pavers cleaned by a professional cleaning service. It was expensive and it looks terrible. It left so many spots supposedly because it was an older floor (it’s in the kitchen). They said you should only clean it with vinegar & water. Is there anything that would be safe to use on it without ruining the sealer that would bring it back to life. It now looks so dull. Help!

  22. Hi Beverly,
    Just because it’s an old floor doesn’t mean it’s going to look dull because it was refinished. It would be helpful it you’d describe in more detail how large these spots are, the color, etc. I’m guessing they’re rather large spots and look whitish or milky? This would make me believe that the sealer wasn’t applied evenly.
    If you use the search function (or even at your favorite search engine) you should be able to find various things to try to thin out the sealer on these problem areas. It will also probably be a big help if you can find out what kind of sealer this ‘professional’ used. IMHO, this person isn’t too ‘professional’ if he’ll leave you with a spotty floor from a most unprofessional sealer application. He should be fixing it for you! Fixing it might include using a chemical or buffing it out.
    He’s correct about the vinegar/water – use 1 part of vinegar to 15 or 20 parts water. Using a good quality microfiber mop really works wonders too. Have a spare (mop or mop head) to dry mop the floor afterwards to kinda buff or polish it. It really helps to have two buckets – one with the solution, one with clean water to clean the mop off before dunking back in the solution bucket. Keeps from depositing dirt back onto your floor that you just removed from the floor! ;~)

  23. Thank you for your reply. The floor is brown and it cleaned well it’s just darker spots in areas and they tend to look like stains. He said it was probably from using Mop & Glow at some time, even if it was just once! They did reimburse me for the sealer. To me the sealer did not look like it did anything! The reimbursement helped but I definitely remain unhappy about spending so much money for something that I am not happy with.

  24. Yeah, very well could be and that stuff is a nightmare to remove – as well as products such as Orange Glo. Ugh.
    I don’t know what kind of a finish you were wanting vs. what you used, but keep in mind that there are sealers made for no-sheen (flat) all the way to high-sheen (glossy). So, say you want a shiny floor and the sealer didn’t do that, you just need to use a sealer (same type) that’s high-sheen. Sometimes you have to buff for a really super high-sheen. There’s also actual floor finishes or waxes. The best thing to do is to call the manufacturer and tell them which product you used, what kind of outcome you expected, what kind of result you got and what to do to get ‘what you expected’. Geez, I hope that makes sense to you. The point is that not all products can be used together and if you need to use a different product you need to find out what is compatible with what you’ve already used. This is of course, assuming that you’re not wanting to go through with stripping everything and starting over and decide to just live with the darker spots.

  25. we just moved into a new house from florida and haven’t been around a whole lot of bricking inside a house so my husband thought it would be a good idea to mop it down with bleach (ugh the smell was horrible) now there are white spots on the bricking here and there. it is in our living room and is a pretty big space. i was wondering what i can put on it to make it look shiny and clean and maybe get rid of the white spots for thanksgiving? thanks in advance for any help! :) and happy holidays!

  26. sorry i forgot to add that it does look like there use to be a finish or something on it in a few spots because it is yellow but for the most part it is all gone and pretty much natural bricking. im not trying to make it look perfect just a little shiny and maybe help with sweeping?

  27. Hi Leah,
    What do you think the white spots are? Something that got bleached or does it seem powdery. If it’s powdery or crystalline then it might be efflourescence, natural minerals that travel up through the stone when it gets wet. If so, you’ll need something to get rid of the efflourescense. You should probably strip the few remaining spots that still have a sealer or finish on them. This will prep the floor for sealing. You can get sealers that are no or low sheen, medium (satin) sheen, glossy, etc. Aqua Mix has a good line of products. Even if you don’t buy this product, you should still look over the info on the different products to get an idea of what you want to use.
    Wander over to the page Brick Flooring to read up there.
    You’ll find that a good sealer helps loads to keep your floors clean. Usually all you’ll need is to damp mop them with water or vinegar and water using a microfiber mop, then go back over it with a dry microfiber mop or rag to kinda polish it. Don’t be stingy with the sealer either – remember, this is what protects your floor!

  28. Hi,
    I have brick pavers (concrete pavers), what type of sealer would you recommend for a natural look. We also some new pavers an area that does not have any seal at all and have a white dusty color on them. How can I add the sealer to the entire area and include the new area as well so it all matches? I would like the pavers to look like true pavers. I heard about a wax that you could put over them, then add a sealer. Thank you for your help!

  29. Hi Angie,
    It sounds like the white dusty stuff is efflorescence – which is nothing more than minerals in the concrete leaching out because of moisture. Head on over to http://www.aquamix.com to browse their available products to give you an idea of the types you’ll need for your project. There’s no way to guarantee that the new area will match the old area no matter what products you use. Are you planning on staining them? Just keep in mind that the products you use must be compatible with each other or you will get some very unpleasant unexpected results!

  30. We are building a new house with a concrete slab floor. I like the idea of brick pavers but I am concerned that they will be too thick against the adjacent carpeting. How thin can I get pavers? How can I make the thickness work out? Would they be installed the same as ceramic tile on the concrete sub-floor?

  31. Hi Karla,
    Pavers can come in different thicknesses, you just need to shop around. Yes, they are basically installed the same as other tile, you just might want to use a medium-set rather than thin-set mortar. I can certainly understand your concern about the different height levels between different types of flooring – there are pieces that can be put between the two types of flooring to help with the transition. If you can find thinner pavers, or tile that looks like brick that are thinner, you won’t have as much of a transition. Remember too that carpet padding is available in different thicknesses too – choosing a thicker carpet pad may also help.

  32. I have 1,000 sq feet of paver brick floors that I have been refinishing for the past 4 years. The original finish was a product that is no longer available and turned yellow and flaked in many spots. The white areas are usually caused from moisture trapped under the brick floor (efflorescence). I used a non-toxic paint stripper to remove most of the finish. Now I’m on a quest to find the best finish, preferably a professional quality that requires minimum work. As soon as I find it I will post on this forum.

  33. Hello,
    We have a chiminey that needs to come down in the middle of our house. It is on the wall between the dinning/family room and the kitchen. I want to use the brick as a new flooring in the kitchen because we will have to redo the kitchen as the wall will be removed. I know I will have to cut the brick, but I want to know if it will work if I put one of the floor warmers under the brick? What do you think?

  34. Hi,
    We are getting ready to lay brick pavers in our kitchen. What thickness of backer board is appropriate for brick on a 3/4 plywood sub-floor.
    Thanks

  35. Hi
    It’s a 3/4 plywood laying directly on the floor joists (its a second floor room) and the pavers are the thin type, appx. 1/2 thick.
    Thanks

  36. Hi Dave,
    I really cannot tell you for sure, I can tell you that it would depend on if your floor joists are strong enough to handle the weight. Chances are, the floor joists would be good enough, if you don’t think they are then you should beef them up a bit to make sure. Pavers are heavier than wood, as I’m sure you already know. Add to that the weight of cabinets (and what is stored in them!), appliances, etc.
    Another question: When you refer to a second-floor room, do you literally mean on the second story of the home, or do you mean it’s on the main floor with a basement underneath? This can make a difference as well as sometimes there is actually steel beams between a basement and first floor.

  37. I hope you can help me. I am thinking of building a very rustic cabin in Central America. I will only be there for a month or two a year. I have about 10 thousand bricks and would like to use them for flooring. Is it possible to set the bricks in sand instead of concrete for inside flooring? What are the problems with this?
    Thanks.

  38. Hi Charles,
    Anything is possible. I don’t know of anybody who has done this before so I don’t know what kind of problems you would have. The sand will get tracked everywhere of course.
    What type of foundation will the cabin have?

  39. I know the question sounded like I hadn’t thought about it, but when you have material you can build with, why not use it. The reason the question came up is because of experience I had with a retail business in Charleston, SC. My back patio floor was constructed of bricks laid in sand with no space between the bricks. The floor was 200 years old and received very heavy daily traffic–even horses at one time in its life. I never noticed any sand at all. I could use concrete as a floor, but I really like the look and feel of old bricks…plus they are free. Perhaps there is a way to seal the bricks to minimize the “tracking” problem. Another big plus was that when I had to lay some new pipe, I just pried up some brick and then replaced them when the job was done.
    I know brick and sand works outside, I was just wondering if I were created problems for myself by using it for interior floors.

  40. Ah, I see. It sounds like a delightful idea, but I think you’re going to run into problems with trying to use it inside. If you’re planning on not sealing it to keep it as natural looking as possible, I suppose it could work. It would certainly help avoiding floor damage due to expansion/contraction from temperature variances. I can see problems arising from dirt and things that might get dropped/spilled onto the flooring. In some ways, the old cobble streets get cleaned by good rain storms, and some dirt gets dusted away from the wind.
    I don’t know how well it would work for your cabin’s flooring, but I can understand why you’d consider it. I can see both the pros and the cons. For a full-time residence, I’d have to say that I wouldn’t recommend it, but for a retreat that isn’t going to have constant traffic and isn’t climate controlled year round it may does have possibilities.

  41. HI,
    When my husband and I purchased our home, we installed (diy project) brick pavers in our kitchen and bathrooms. We then sealed them; however, we apparently didn’t use enough sealer or the right one (I believe it was called Magnolia). Both the brick and the grout stain easily. I want to thoroughly clean the floors and reseal them. What do you recommend I use to get them very clean and what is the best product to seal them?

  42. Hi Rhi, You should contact a professional and buy a brick paver stain remover solution for any stubborn stains but for just general cleaning, I recommend just a mild detergent with water. I would also recommend Aqua Mix Enrich ‘N’ Seal as your sealant.

  43. Hi, I have brick pavers in my kitchen, and sunroom. I am haveing such a problem cleaning them that I am thinking of tearing it out. A sponge mop tears up, a cotton mops pulls pieces of cotton every where. I even bought a steam mop.
    I have seald it but it remains rough like the side of a house. What can I use to seal it so that it is smooth??? Thanks, Carol

  44. Thanks for your the recommendation. Some places in the grout are very chalky looking. Do I need to do anything to these areas before putting the polyurethane on?

  45. Kim,
    Grout does tend to look chalky sometimes, but can usually come clean. Make sure it is as clean and dry as possible, before applying the poly. I would clean it with just a little warm water. If it gets too wet, allow extra time for it to dry completely.

  46. help, recently built dream home, installed brick tumbled pavers in kitchen. loved them, then we sealed, now they look, white!!! what do I use to strip the seal, then what do I use to reseal? I REALLY like the clear liquid glass look because I want the RED in the brick to show through…help,,,,, please.

  47. Tonya,
    Clear sealers should not be showing up white once they are completely dry. It is possible there is something applied to the pavers from the factory that caused the discoloring. You should contact the manufacturer of the products you are using. You could ask them both what would be best to remove the first sealer, and how best to refinish to allow the natural colors to show through.

  48. We recently installed brick flooring in our kitchen area. I love the look, but I am growing nervous about the upkeep. I have read about the differences between penetrating and film forming sealers. I would like to know what to do to ultimately protect the surface. We are a family of 6…and anything that can happen to these floors will happen. Red wine, cranberry juice, dropped bottles of olive oil. We are a mess! I just need to protect the floor! I am willing to darken the color and take on a glossier surface :( if it prevents staining, but our brick is antiqued and I am nervous that in a few years when I have to reapply this protectant that the process of sanding it down will remove the antique finish. What is the ultimate protection for a home we plan to stay in and upkeep for the next 20 years? Our contractor isn’t giving us any leads. Please help!

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