When dreaming of the perfect kitchen remodel, many people picture wide-pine boards against rustic cabinets or polished oak strip flooring with classic black accents. However, when reality hits in the form of spilled fruit punch, sloshing dog water bowls and muddy foot prints criss-crossing the kitchen, the problems of maintaining a wood floor in this environment are often more than the homeowner is prepared to deal with. Just because the option of installing wood is not feasible, it doesn't mean you can't have the appearance of wood while enjoying the convenience of other flooring options.
Ceramic tiles are crafted in a wide range of colors and sizes. Some are even designed to appear like wood floors. If the homeowner is seeking a real country appearance, authentic stone tiles can fit the bill with class. Kitchen tile offers a wide choice of subtle textures as well. With an eye on design, patterns can be laid into the floor for unique and dynamic flooring appearance. When installed properly, tile flooring is highly durable and hold their appearance for decades. Single tiles can be replaced when damaged, instead of having to repair the entire floor. With pricing for stone and tile ranging anywhere from $3 to $30 per square foot, it is the budget friendly or luxurious choice for just about any kitchen tile design.
Once installed, laminate flooring requires the least maintenance as it is naturally water and stain resistant. A multitude of patterns are available, including those that simulate wood grain and even stone tile if desired, all at a fraction of the cost of laying a wood or tile floor. While not as durable as tile, the reduction in cost can appear as an attractive option when building a renovation budget. At the lower price point, laminate can also be changed out when styles change at a minimum of cost. Fairly simple to install, most do-it-yourselfers can manage the project. Laminates generally cost about $2 to $4 a square foot.
Cost vs. Appearance vs. Durability
When considering which product to use for your flooring project, it is best to take into consideration all aspects of the different products before making a choice. For the available budget, how do you want the floor to appear and how important is the durability of the floor to you? Visit us to view all the options to make the best informed selection.