When remodeling your home, you love reviewing every opportunity to design and improve it. The kitchen often commands a significant part of a remodel. Admit it, you are obsessed with the kitchen. There are so many opportunities! There are backsplashes, gadgets, appliances, cabinets and so much more to consider.
However, one of the most important improvements is right below your feet: flooring.
There are so many viable options when trying to decide the best flooring for a kitchen. The reality is there are positives, negatives, costs and benefits of each type. The endless types and color selections for kitchen flooring may seem overwhelming, but we’re going to break down each type so that you can easily understand the pros and cons of each variety.
At $2 to $8 per square foot, laminate is by far the most affordable flooring option for your kitchen. It is an ideal selection for people looking to make a simple and quick update to their floors. Installers generally have an easier time installing laminate floors, which reduces your labor costs. When you have a damaged section, replacing it is easy. Laminate is a very popular flooring choice because it is cheap and there are plenty of styles and colors from which to choose.
There are challenges with laminate flooring, however. It can dent easily. Furthermore, if you consider selling your home, you may want to choose another option that offers you a better return on investment, as laminate does not add significant value to your home.
Like laminate, vinyl flooring is affordable at $2 to $8 per square foot. Vinyl is incredibly easy to clean and, again, installers have an easy time installing this type of floor. When installed correctly, vinyl lasts for years. Vinyl also mimics other flooring materials such as wood, stone, and tile. Another benefit of vinyl floors is that it is soft, making it more comfortable for standing. Vinyl flooring can also reduce noise.
Concrete flooring is another inexpensive option between $2 and $8 per square foot. Installers seal the floor to create a modern design, or manufacturers can stamp concrete to look like tile, wood or stone. Concrete provides a wide array of design options that appeal in modern kitchens.
Unfortunately, one of the challenges is that the hard concrete surface can be tough on your feet and back. Additionally, concrete flooring is often very cold.
Tile is a higher-cost kitchen flooring option at $5 to $50 per square foot. Manufacturers create tile flooring from a variety of materials, which makes it an excellent choice for any kitchen design. Ceramic, glazed ceramic, natural stone, concrete, and porcelain offer durable options that are resistant to scratches.
Tile floors continue to be a popular option for homes because they are easy to maintain and have designs that can span generations. Overall, it is difficult to damage tile – just don’t drop anything heavy on it. Tile floors are resilient and will last until you decide to change your flooring again. There is a struggle with tile – the grout. Grout can discolor and crack because of temperature change, so do not skimp on your grout. Use a grout that includes glass or quartz to extend its longevity.
The struggle with tile is the grout. Grout can discolor and crack because of temperature change, so do not skimp on the quality of grout. Use a grout that includes glass or quartz to extend its longevity.
Hardwood retains the best value in kitchen flooring. Hardwood floors are the most expensive flooring type at up to $30 per square foot. Hardwood is also in high demand when people purchase homes. Because wood floors are stained, you can modify the color to fit the kitchen’s design from traditional to modern. Hardwood flooring is also much easier on your feet and back than tile or concrete.
You may have heard the old saying, “Water and wood, not good.” Luckily, it is possible to adequately seal and protect hardwood flooring. Choose a closed-grain wood like oak or walnut. As a final coat, use a durable polyurethane. If you do spill on wood flooring clean it up quickly, however, just in case.
Like laminate, hardwood is susceptible to scratches. Keep a filler pen around that is the same color as your stain to repair scratches.
Engineered hardwood offers the best of both worlds for laminate and wood flooring in the kitchen. Engineered hardwood is actually several layers of wood, like plywood, compressed together with a wood veneer on top. This kitchen flooring option is much less expensive than hardwood at $7 to $12 per square foot. Engineered hardwood is also moisture and heat resistant, unlike conventional wood flooring. You get the benefit of the look and design of hardwood at a much lower cost.
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