One thing that every kitchen needs is a floor. Like many things to do with a remodel, you will have plenty of decisions to make when planning to replace your kitchen flooring. You will need to consider all there is to offer (and there is a lot). Choosing a material is where you need to start and that will keep you plenty busy. Deciding what you want ultimately comes down to personal preference but you should be sure to do your research and that’s what we are here for. In this blog, we will discuss the pros and cons of some of the more popular options in flooring.
Kitchen Flooring Done Cheap
We will start with the cheapest option you will find for kitchen flooring. Linoleum is a nice option for a quick fix, as it is pretty easy to work with and install. It also works well for bathrooms because it is not a big deal for it to get wet. There is no option to refinish with linoleum, so if you are sick of the floors or they have worn over time, you will have to replace with brand new. You may have to worry about scuffing up this flooring and it could peel or bubble eventually. This is likely the cheapest option you will find, so if you are on a strict budget and want a quick solution, you may want to choose linoleum.
A Timeless Look, With Hardwood
Hardwood flooring is preferred by many because of its quality and beauty. Unlike the other options we will cover, hardwood floors are made up of, you guessed it, real wood. If you are looking for a flooring option that lasts long term, hardwood will not disappoint. This kitchen flooring can easily last a lifetime. If you appreciate real wood, you will love the many options you have to choose from. Hardwoods can have a wild look with their varying levels of grain patterns. While they can last a long time, they are not indestructible. These floors will scratch and dent over time. The color will also patina. You do have the option to refinish hardwood floors but this is an extensive project that may require you to move out of your home for a week or so. Also, because it is real wood, this option tends to be fairly expensive.
Not A Fan of Wood? There is Hope!
If you are looking for something that offers many more style options than the standard wood look, tile is for you. There are so many options to choose from with tile. Ceramic, glass, porcelain, granite, marble and cement are just some of material options you have to work with. You can even choose from several different tile shapes and patterns. The durability of most tile is impressive and it requires very little maintenance. Installation could be tricky, when it comes to dealing with grout though. If you really want to shake up the look of a room with something fun and different, tile is hard to beat.
A Quality Option for your Kitchen Flooring
Luxury vinyl tile, or “LVT” is really starting to trend lately and for several reasons. First, it is able to mimic the look of real wood or stone flooring. In terms of durability, LVT can’t be beat. It is practically indestructible! While scratch and dent proof, as well as waterproof, this flooring can handle anything. Hardly any care is required. Just sweep or mop if you’d like, and you will keep your floor looking clean. When it comes to installation, it really isn’t that bad. Tongue and groove planks fit together with ease and help to make sure your kitchen flooring stays in place. The cost really depends on what you go with. There is a fairly large spectrum of products and prices. If you have children or are planning on them, you cannot beat LVT and its life proof qualities.
We have gone over just a few of the possible options you have in flooring. Like many things, there are positives and negatives to each option. It really comes down to what you want to get out of your flooring. Is it all about design, style and overall look? Quality or difficulty of installation? One thing is for sure, an updated floor will certainly help to increase the re-sale value of you home, which is always something you should be thinking about if you plan on moving someday. For more on everything home remodel, be sure to check out our collection of blogs and add us on Facebook!