Hardwood Alternatives for Your Kitchen Floor

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While hardwood flooring certainly looks nice in the kitchen, it is not the most kid-friendly choice and can be more difficult to keep clean than other types of laminate flooring. Since it is not waterproof and needs to be sealed to add a measure of waterproofing, spills threaten hardwood flooring.

If dirt and spills are common in your kitchen, bypass wood in favor of flooring materials that are more practically suited to this living area. Consider these alternatives when selecting the ideal flooring material for your kitchen floor.

Kitchen flooring alternatives

  • Tile floors – Tile is elegant just like hardwood flooring, but it is also waterproof and easy to clean, making it a versatile choice for many different rooms, including the kitchen. The kitchen is a high-traffic area, and tile flooring cleans up well with a simple sweep and mop. Tile flooring also comes in many different colors and styles to suit different tastes and is available at a different range of price points. While some types of tile flooring can be pricey to install, the material lasts a long time so it can be considered an investment in your home. Tile generally runs $3 to $8 per square foot, with natural stone tile costing anywhere from $5 to $30 per square foot.
  • Laminate flooring – With a lower upfront cost than tile floors and wood floors, laminate flooring is versatile and easy to install, making it an ideal material for DIYers or those looking to save money on kitchen flooring. With a diverse array of patterns and styles, laminate flooring can resemble hardwood, or natural stone tile floors. This can help those on a budget emulate a more expensive style while keeping the project inexpensive. The material is naturally waterproof and cleans up easily for a low maintenance flooring option. The material does vary in lifespan; most laminate comes with a manufacturer’s warranty that specifies how long it will last. While laminate is less durable than wood and tile, it also comes at a lower price point for consumers. On average, it costs just $2 to $4 per square foot.

Selecting the right kitchen flooring

Since there are multiple types of flooring that will work well in a kitchen, choosing between them can be difficult. As a first step, create a project budget that will allow you to compare several alternatives. Visit your local flooring store, like Contract Carpet One in Beltsville, to browse available styles, pick your favorites and get an idea of how much it would cost to install the material in your home. To price out any option, measure your kitchen floor to determine how much flooring you will need, then calculate what the total cost would be for tile, laminate, or wood. With all home projects, always include a little extra in the budget. You never know when you will break a tile installing your floor and will need to purchase additional materials.

Of course, price isn’t the only consideration. Consider how the material feels. A tile floor tends to be colder and harder than other types of flooring, and becomes slippery when wet. It benefits from a rug to warm and brighten the space, but that creates more work to keep clean. If you have small children, you may worry about the risk of injury should they fall on tile. Laminate feels softer but can feel artificial and may be spongy to walk on.

Once you select the right flooring material, hire a contractor or perform your own renovations to make over that kitchen with a floor that looks appealing, improves the value of your home and protects against spills.

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