Buyer’s Guide to Kitchen Flooring – Part I: Style & Price
The kitchen is the epicenter of the home. If you are building a new home or remodeling your kitchen you will be choosing a floor that will become an important architectural detail; it will determine the beauty and comfort of this most important space. Before you rush into ordering a new floor, there are some things you need to know you ensure you get the best one.
Over the next few weeks, we will be providing you with a Buyer’s Guide to Kitchen Flooring, to help homeowners choose the right flooring based on a variety of criteria – style, price, durability, maintenance, radiant heat compatibility and more. With all the options available today we know homeowners are looking for a resource to help them narrow down their choices.
This week we look at the styles of flooring that are best for a kitchen and what to expect in terms of cost.
Naturally, the first thing that people are drawn to when selecting a new floor is style. You want to know what type of flooring it is and if it’s engineered and floating, or what colors it comes in. This will help you narrow down the overall look you are going for – light, dark, gray, rustic, or smooth, contemporary, there is a floor out there for every style kitchen. This will, in turn, help you choose things like your kitchen cabinets, backsplash, appliances, light fixtures and the array of design details that come with a new kitchen.
Flooring today is broken down into many categories. Most people mistakenly assume you must use some kind of resilient flooring like tile, marble or stone flooring since the kitchen is the busiest room in the house and might sustain more spills, drops, and potential for scratches. However, incredible advances in flooring manufacturing have created many new styles of flooring – including wide plank flooring that is suitable for kitchens.
Wide plank engineered hardwood flooring is quickly replacing solid wood flooring as a top choice for kitchens. It is more durable, affordable, and stable but also very versatile so homeowners don’t have to sacrifice style.
Wide plank cork flooring is still a bit obscure in the design world, known predominantly as a becoming a quick favorite because it is so comfortable underfoot. It is a natural sound absorber – great for multi-level homes and residential developments like condos or townhouses. It also has a unique variation of color and texture that will complement almost any style cabinet design.
Wide Plank leather flooring is a unique kitchen floor idea especially for those who want a more refined and luxurious feel. Most leather flooring is designed in a rich range of hues, which make it ideal when set against a backdrop of white cabinets.
Wide plank vinyl flooring is becoming an industry favorite since many are waterproof! Check out this blog post to learn more about vinyl flooring.
Wide plank laminate flooring has been around for a number of years, although low-quality laminate flooring has saturated the environment there are some manufacturers, like Torlys Smart Floors that are offering a higher quality option. Check out this blog post to learn more about the advanced manufacturing processes that are revolutionizing laminate flooring in the market today.
Wide plank flooring like the styles described above varies in price from $4-8.00/SF. Despite the prevalence of low-cost flooring on the market today be mindful that low-cost flooring equates to low quality, and often at the expense of the health of your home, family, and pets – we’ll go into that in more detail in our future posts, but in the meantime you can check out this blog post to help you determine if your flooring is family friendly. Once you purchase the flooring you also have to factor in installation and finishing costs. Three of the best ways to reduce additional costs are to:
- Make sure you buy a floating floor that does not require nails and glue, plus can be installed quicker
- Make sure the floor is prefinished so there are no sanding or finishing costs once installed
- Install the flooring yourself (super easy with a prefinished floating floor)
Choosing what style floor you want to use is only the first step, in our next post we will look at flooring in terms of durability and compatibility with radiant heat, which is very popular in kitchens today.