Any flooring in your home is going to take a beating. But, this is especially true in the kitchen. Not only will you have a lot of foot traffic in this room, but if you have pets or kids, chances are they will want to spend time in that room when you are there as well, add in spills and splashes and you have your work cut out for you when it comes to picking the right floor.Below we will be going over some options for kitchen flooring, as well as costs, pros and cons.
Porcelain or Ceramic Tile Flooring
Porcelain or Ceramic tiles are one of the most commonly bought and used materials for a kitchen flooring. It’s also used as kitchen wall tiles and floor tiles since it comes in
variety of design. It’s one of the safest best flooring option too because it’s durable, it’s budget friendly and it comes in an array of colors, sizes, and tile patterns last but not least porcelain tiles are also commonly used in commercial renovation projects.
Pros: This type of material is incredibly easy to clean. It’s also very affordable, maybe more so than any other material out there.
Cons: Just like with any other flooring, this floor can settle over time and crack. Also, because of its hard composition, if you drop something on this floor, like a plate or a glass, it’s guaranteed it’s going to break into a million tiny pieces. It can also often be cold underfoot, but this can be fixed with an area rug. It can also be slippery when wet, which is why honed (matte) is better in the kitchen than polished.
Cost: The cost is going to be around $3 to $8 per square foot.
Natural Stone Flooring
Natural stone in any room, especially the kitchen, can be very aesthetically pleasing. It doesn’t matter if it’s granite, marble or travertine, natural stone lends a sort of beauty that really no other material can. No 2 pieces are going to be the same, which can be good for some people, whereas other people want every piece to be the same.
Pros: This is the most classic material around. In fact, it’s been used for centuries so you know that it’s something that will be durable, and require very little maintenance. Besides all that, it’s just a beautiful material.
Cons: This is not a project to do on your own. You will have to hire someone that has knowledge in this type of material, which could jack up your budget in terms of finding a professional, labor costs, etc. It’s also a good idea to use a tougher stone on the floor like granite or marble because the softer stones can scratch or chip.
Cost: Natural stone will cost anywhere between $15 and $30 per square foot.
If you love the look of wood, but don’t want the cost that comes along with it, this might be the alternative you’ve been looking for. Laminate is supposed to mimic materials. So it can look like wood, it can look like stone, heck it can even look like leather or whatever else you want.
Pros: It resists scratches, dents, and scuffs which make it perfect for the kitchen, it’s also quite durable, soft and warm underfoot, and it’s pretty easy to clean – just vacuum and sweep, for harder to clean stains use a damp mop.
Cons: Laminate cannot be refinished, so once it starts to show its age, you’re sort of stuck with it unless you replace it with new laminate or another flooring material.
Cost: Wood laminates will cost anywhere between $2 and $4 per square foot, uninstalled.
People think that if we’re talking about kitchens it’s automatic that you can’t have hardwood. But, that’s not true. If you can take care of it properly, you can use wood in a kitchen, and you can continue to have it for the next decade or so. Over time this will develop a patina to it, which only adds to its class and character.
Pros: Variations are available. It doesn’t matter what kind of wood you want, what kind of a stain you want, whether you want thin planks or big tiles or jagged edges, you can find exactly what you want in wood flooring. Also, wood is one of those materials that just never seems to go out of style. Definitely not a trend, but more of a way of living. It looks amazing, feels amazing under your feet and definitely won’t be something your regret having and can also replenish your need for the luxurious looking kitchen.
Cons: You absolutely have to take care of this material. Clean up spills when they happen. Make sure it gets refinished every few years.
Cost: The cost is going to vary, as with all of the other materials here, depending on the type of wood, the features in terms of aesthetics and feel, and the type of finish. But, really you’re looking at anywhere between $4 to $12 per square foot.