Given the kitchen’s role as the heart of the home, design decisions take on a bit more weight than they do in other parts of the home. The floor should not only add to the décor, it should be sturdy enough to handle foot traffic and stains. The diversity of flooring products makes the selection product a challenge, so here are a few good types to think about.
- Vinyl – this costs less than many other flooring types and is easy to install. The material is sturdy and it can last for years with minimal maintenance. It is comfortable to walk on and offers great noise reduction.
- Limestone – appealing for its natural, earthy look, limestone is also a budget friendly flooring option. It is mold and bacteria resistant, and easy to clean, but requires frequent resealing. Limestone flooring can match almost any kitchen color scheme.
- Tile – the main advantage of tile flooring is the vast array of colors, sizes and patterns available. This is another good product for tight budgets, and it is durable so it offers long term value.
- Wood – when properly treated and maintained, a hardwood floor can last for years in a kitchen. It adds warmth and beauty to the space. Choose harder wood types like ash or oak to get the best value.
- Laminates – this is a good option for anyone wants the look of wood for less. Modern laminate products are almost indistinguishable from the real thing. Laminates are sturdy, easy to install and low maintenance.
How to Choose
Most people spend a lot of time in their kitchens, so comfort should be one of the main considerations when choosing flooring. You will spend time standing as you prepare meals, so the resilience and softness of the material should play a role. Spills are common in kitchens, so you need to be able to clean these up easily without worrying about stains. It is should be easy to get rid of tracked in dirt to keep the kitchen immaculate. If you are only changing the flooring, the budget might not be a big concern.
For a full kitchen remodel, you have balance your spending on other important features like cabinets and the countertop. Important factors for budgeting for a new floor include the size of the space, and the costs for removal, delivery and installation. Working out these details will tell you how much of your remodeling budget can go to your new floors.