4 Types Of Flooring To Consider For Your Next Kitchen Remodeling Project

4 Types Of Flooring To Consider For Your Next Kitchen Remodeling Project

Embarking on a kitchen remodeling project is a huge investment in your home’s improvement. A crucial aspect that demands careful consideration is the flooring. Given the inevitable spilling of water, oil, grease, and other ingredients, coupled with the heat generated by pots, pans, and the clinking of glasses and cutlery, the kitchen floor shoulders an extraordinary load compared to other areas of your home.

As you delve into flooring options, it’s important to align your choice with practicality and aesthetics. Most homeowners gravitate toward four popular choices, tailoring their selection to meet their unique needs.

Let’s explore the floor types that are likely to capture your attention during the exciting process of kitchen renovation.

1. Vinyl

For those who are on a tighter budget—or don’t feel the need for a premium floor—vinyl is often the most popular choice. Vinyl floors are typically the cheapest option, averaging between $2-7 per square foot.

But despite being the most affordable option, it is still a durable, water-resistant, and easy-to-clean choice. Vinyl is most vulnerable when it comes to sharp objects like knives.

It can be easily cut, so a dropped knife may display some visible damage, depending on how it lands. Also, because it is usually a single sheet, it cannot be refinished in sections, unlike other floors.

2. Laminate

Laminate flooring is a step up from vinyl, typically averaging between $3-8 per square foot. That added cost comes with a bit more durability, as laminate flooring is just as impact-resistant as vinyl but also more scratch-resistant.

Like vinyl, it is also easy to install and does not discolor. Because it is a synthetic material, it can also come in a variety of patterns, like hardwood flooring. However, this flooring’s weakness is water.

You can have it waterproofed to make it resistant to ordinary spills, but should water get underneath that protective layer, it can warp and damage the laminate.

3. Tile

The most popular choice for midrange flooring options is tile. It is made from either natural stone or processed materials, but the result is the same; it’s a series of individual tiles that are laid out across the area and joined together with grout to hold each tile and provide a water seal to prevent water leakage.

Tile comes in a huge variety of colors, textures, and grades, so depending on your budget, it can run between $4-15 per square foot. However, it is more expensive and is the coldest and hardest surface of the choices available.

4. Engineered Hardwood

By far the most expensive option, at $8-15 per square foot, wood is an aesthetically beautiful but also very expensive and delicate choice. However, its warm look can work wonders in the kitchen.

Remember though to get engineered hardwood specifically for kitchen use so it can get the water resistance treatment required. Hardwood requires more care and maintenance than the previously mentioned flooring types, but for people who love the look of it, it is worth the cost.

Have a kitchen remodeling project in mind? Contact us today. We can help you decide between different flooring options and install your choice too.