by Edward Jenkins
Determining your budget is the first step in choosing a new kitchen flooring option. When determining your kitchen flooring budget, there is much more to consider besides the price per square foot. Some flooring options require professional installation, which can quickly run up the total costs. In addition, some flooring options have short lifespans, which decreases their cost effectiveness.
Laminate. Laminate flooring is more widely used in other rooms of the home, but it is an affordable option for kitchen flooring. Laminate flooring can give your kitchen floor the look of a hardwood floor, with a cost similar to vinyl. You should take extra precaution with laminate flooring in the kitchen because the flooring should not get wet.
Vinyl. Vinyl flooring is one of the most budget-friendly kitchen flooring options. In addition, new designs and styles make vinyl flooring much more attractive than it once was. Vinyl flooring is available in tile or roll-out form. Installation is inexpensive and maintenance is low.
Cork. Cork is a well-kept secret in the world of kitchen flooring. It naturally insulates your floor to keep it warm and it is water-resistant. While cork flooring does have some downsides, such as being susceptible to damage, it remains a budget-friendly, low-maintenance kitchen flooring option.
Ceramic tile. Although ceramic tile flooring is more expensive to install than the other flooring options listed, its durability and long lifespan make it a budget-friendly kitchen flooring option for the long haul.
Linoleum. Linoleum is often referred to as "the 40-year floor" for its extreme durability and long lifespan. While initially more expensive than vinyl flooring, linoleum lasts much longer, making it an affordable option investment in your home. Linoleum also is a popular choice in kitchens for its resistance to scratches and other types of damage.
Stained concrete. Stained concrete is particularly budget-friendly for homes built on a concrete slab. In many cases, the concrete underneath your current floor can be cleaned, cured and stained. Stained concrete can be inexpensive to make, too. It is also low maintenance and gives your kitchen floor an interesting, industrial look.