With so much that goes into a kitchen remodel, including cabinets, countertops, and appliances, flooring is often overlooked and isn’t always held up as important as the other mainstays of kitchen renovation. But flooring is actually quite important, the color you choose will greatly affect the lighting in your kitchen, and the material you choose has a great impact on the durability and feel of the floor. After major construction, design and plumbing, flooring installation is typically the last stage of work right before adding cabinets, appliances, and other fixtures. We wait this long to install flooring in order to prevent wear-and-tear on the new flooring that can be caused by heavy tools and construction materials.
Sheet Vinyl Flooring
Sheet vinyl is by far the most affordable option when it comes to flooring, both because of material cost and ease of installation. In fact most of the time it can be installed all in one day. For those that are working on a DIY project, learning how to lay this flooring is definitely doable, but because professional installation isn’t very expensive, many opt for that service anyways. The price does come with some disadvantages however, and compared to tile or hardwood you might feel as though your kitchen is missing that added touch of elegance.
Laminate is another affordable option, and it’s becoming increasingly popular, especially for new construction and rental units. Laminate flooring is a highly popular choice for kitchens because of the low price and ease of installation. Laminate is able to mimic a variety of different styles and colors of wood, but it can sometimes be susceptible to excess moisture, so if it is an option you’re considering, make sure you find the right variety to fit your kitchen.
Ceramic tile is definitely a classic choice when it comes to a classy and elegant kitchen. We are certainly fans of dark tile flooring on a kitchen floor for high contrast. However, both materials and installation do cost a bit more for quality tile. Tile requires cement backer board to set the material on, and it needs to be grouted once it’s set. This labor can add up, but the effect is hard to deny. You should also keep in mind that certain types of tile can be slippery.
Solid Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood is another very classic option for your kitchen. It certainly keeps the lighting of your kitchen bright. Installation for this type of flooring usually takes a few days, and it’s nearly impossible to install on your own without the help of a professional. Hardwood is also vulnerable to water damage, which can warp the floors. However, for an open concept kitchen and dinning/living room, hardwood floors are hard to beat!
Contact Kitchen Center of Framingham
Still not sure which option best suits your needs? We are always happy to guide you through your options. For more information about kitchen flooring, or any other aspects of a kitchen remodel, give us a call at (508) 875-4004 or contact us here with any questions.