The kitchen is the heart of the home, so naturally the flooring in it sees a lot of wear and tear over the years. On top of the wear from footsteps, kitchen flooring is also regularly exposed to hazards like water, acidic spilled liquids, and even the bad habits of pets who dine in the kitchen. Choosing the most durable flooring you can afford will help your kitchen look newly renovated for years to come.
Need an affordable floor that needs little maintenance and withstands all the various forms of damage common to the kitchen? Stick with classic sheet vinyl. Today’s vinyl flooring is available in realistic looking patterns that mimic wood or stone without their high price tags. If you drop a heavy and hot frying pan, the floor won’t show a mark or crack. You can find sheet material from $1 to $5 per square foot, plus another $1 or $2 per square foot for installation.
There’s a reason that ceramic tiles have been used in kitchens and bathrooms for centuries. The tough material resists scratching and staining, especially if you choose a glazed tile with a non-porous finish that was baked on by a kiln. However, the grout lines between tiles will still need regular cleaning to avoid staining. Expect to spend about $8 to $16 per square foot, including installation.
Pre-Finished Hardwood Planks
Can’t say no to the beauty of genuine hardwood, even in the kitchen? Choose a product that arrives pre-finished from the factory since these finishes are more durable than ones applied by the installer. If a stain or dent does develop, you can refinish the surface multiple times to restore its beauty without a full renovation. Of course, the type of wood you choose determines its hardness and resistance to wear. Expect to pay no less than $6 a square foot for installed hardwood, and up to $20 per square foot if you’re buying a very durable exotic hardwood.
No matter which type of kitchen flooring you choose, make sure it’s installed professionally. Professional installation ensures that seams are sealed, grout is properly packed into the gaps, and there are no other issues that will shorten the lifespan of the floor.