Remodeling your kitchen? Need to know which flooring will suit to your kitchen?
No doubt, most kitchen floors take a beating. Your kids, pets and chairs scoot all over it. This is why it is so important to research well before you select a new floor for this all-important room – your kitchen. Some houses are tougher on their floors that others, but all kitchen floors should be durable and easy to clean.
Keeping your feet on a well-cushioned floor is important when choosing the best floor for your newly remodeled kitchen. Brick and ceramic floors may be durable, but are hard to stand on, So if comfort is your main priority, you can go for wood, cork, vinyl and laminated flooring instead.
It is also really important to bear in mind the location of your kitchen in the house when choosing the kitchen floor. If it is next to the garage or pool then it may get wet and muddy often, so you need to take this into consideration.
To conduct a floor covering research, here are some pros and cons to consider when it comes to some of the most popular products. First ask yourself, “What do I want?” Then look at the choices you have.
Here are a few pros and cons and cost of various kitchen flooring options:
Ceramic tile is a safe bet for nearly any style and budget.
- Pros: Ceramic tile is an attractive, low-cost and easy-to-clean choice.
- Cons: It can be hard and unpleasant to stand on for long periods of time.
- Cost: $3 to $8 per square foot, uninstalled.
Porcelain tile is a sub type of ceramic in various shapes ,colors and styles.
- Pros: Created with more depth of color, so damage is less likely to show.
- Cons: Even harder than ceramic, standing on them for long periods of time can be uncomfortable.
- Cost: Basic porcelain tiles, costs $2 to $4 per square foot, uninstalled.
Hardwood is making a major comeback in both new and remodeled homes.
- Pros: Good investments, comfortable underfoot and have warm appearance
- Cons: Wood floors are susceptible to water damage and scratches and they require waxing.
- Cost: $5 to $12 per square foot, uninstalled.
Laminate flooring comes in a variety of styles imitating natural dark wood, light wood, bamboo or stone.
- Pros: Laminate flooring can be installed directly over existing flooring, and is less expensive than hardwood or tile.
- Cons: Laminate cannot be refinished, has a shorter lifespan than natural wood.
- Cost: $1 to $6 per square foot, uninstalled.
Vinyl flooring comes in either tiles or sheets.
- Pros: Durable, long-lasting and can be installed directly over the sub-floor or over a former vinyl floor.
- Cons: Vinyl is manufactured using polyvinyl chloride (PVC),emitting volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the air.
- Cost: $1 to $5 per square foot, uninstalled.
Concrete is a low-maintenance and sustainable option.
- Pros: Concrete flooring is tough. A sealed and properly maintained concrete floor can last indefinitely.
- Cons: Concrete floors are hard and uncomfortable to stand on
- Cost: Expect to pay $3 to $6 per square foot to polish a plain gray slab