Types of Kitchen Flooring and Their Average Installation Prices

Kitchen flooring represents an area of your home that sees a great deal of traffic. Wear and tear damage associated with everyday cooking spills and high oven temperatures mean that age will be evident in kitchen flooring sooner than in less central locations in your house.

Popular flooring options today include everything from self-adhesive tile to hardwood and porcelain. There is a smart and attractive kitchen flooring style available for every budget and design taste. Factors such as stain resistance, required maintenance, and installation cost can influence your choice when it comes to deciding on new kitchen flooring for your home.

This guide will discuss popular types of kitchen flooring and installation costs. We also list some pros and cons for each flooring type available through Sears Home Services.

Vinyl Sheet Flooring

Vinyl sheet flooring is a comparatively low-cost synthetic option for home remodelers who may want the look of ceramic or hardwood but do not want the price tag of those materials. Vinyl sheet flooring comes in many designs that replicate the appearance of stone, tile, and natural wood. It is similar to linoleum, generally easy to install, and tends to be more comfortable underfoot than hard-surface flooring options.

Here are the major pros and cons associated with vinyl sheet flooring:

Pros:

  • Water- and stain-resistant: Vinyl sheet flooring is ideal for the kitchen because it will not warp or stain due to direct exposure to water or other liquids. It is commonly made of naturally water-repellent materials, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

  • Low maintenance: With nothing more to cleaning than a simple sweep and mopping, this kind of kitchen flooring requires no polish or wax to remain fresh.

  • Durability: The same factors that help vinyl sheet flooring resist water damage make it long-lasting, as well. If properly installed, even with everyday kid and pet traffic, it can last upward of 20 years.

Cons:

  • Difficult to repair: If a significant gash, gouge, tear, or rip occurs in this type of kitchen flooring, the entire floor has to be replaced. The only other option is to cut out the affected area and patch it, but this can detract from the overall look of your kitchen.

  • Discoloration over time: Contact with rubber or protracted exposure to direct sunlight can diminish the look of vinyl sheet flooring over the years.

The potential damage from subflooring: If the underfloor on which vinyl sheet flooring is laid is not perfectly smooth and clean, any pebbles or small items protruding can eventually wear down the material. These items can even become visible at the upper layer of your flooring.

Installation Cost

Ranging between $3 and $7 per square foot, the standard installation price of vinyl sheet flooring can land anywhere between $785 and $2,772, depending on the size of your kitchen.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring is another budget-friendly and functional option for your kitchen remodel. While solid hardwood comes in the form of a single piece of wood, engineered hardwood contains multiple layers that cause this flooring choice to be stronger and offer more stability.

Pros:

  • Waterproof: Featuring a waterproof core and the additional protection of surface sealing, this type of flooring is among the most water-resistant and comes in over 20 colors with matching trims.

  • Easy maintenance: Unlike traditional hardwood, engineered hardwood flooring does not require waxing or wood treatments to stay beautiful. This is an excellent choice for families on the go or busy professionals, as it can look new with little more than the application of a broom and mop.

  • Free-range installation: Because of its multi-layer construction and the dimensional stability that it offers, engineered hardwood can easily be installed on any floor in your home, including basements.

Cons:

  • Thin veneers: The lifetime of engineered hardwood flooring may be diminished because the sanding and refinishing opportunities for preserving hardwood flooring are often not applicable here due to thin veneers. Warping and fading may likewise occur prematurely.

  • Quality of core layers: Make sure that your engineered hardwood flooring contains core layers cut from high-quality, real wood. Many manufacturers may substitute oriented strand board or fiberboard to reduce costs, but these shortcuts can lead to a lower-quality flooring product with less dimensional stability.

  • Scratches and dents: If you have small children, pets, or are prone to wearing shoes with hard soles, engineered hardwood may not be the right option for you, as it is fairly susceptible to blemishes.

Installation Cost

Ranging between $8 and $12 per square foot, the standard installation price of engineered hardwood flooring is typically significantly lower than hardwood due to its easier installation process.

Tile Flooring

Known for its glossy appearance and clean lines, tile flooring comes in several popular materials. Ceramic and stone are always on-trend, and porcelain offers a classic look, as well. Ceramic tile flooring is typically glazed, and the multitude of ways that stone and porcelain can be embossed or primed means design options for kitchen tile are almost limitless.

Pros:

  • Extreme durability: The hardness and natural makeup of tile flooring mean you will likely only ever have to replace it when you get tired of looking at it. Tile kitchen flooring represents one of the most long-lasting and impervious-to-life choices you can make in your kitchen remodel.

  • Easy damage repair: All of those singular squares do more than look great in your kitchen. Tile flooring is relatively easy to repair when and if it gets damaged, as you only have to replace the affected tiles, not the whole flooring.

  • Unaffected by stains or water: Dirt, debris, and even powerful cleaning chemicals will not phase tile kitchen flooring. Water can even pool on the tile without ruining it. If you are looking for the flooring choice that offers the most resistance to liquid and wears or tears, tile is your best bet.

Cons:

  • Cold and hard: Tile kitchen flooring will not absorb heat. This means you may love it in the summer for the cool reprieve that it offers your feet when you come in from outside, and you may hate it in the winter for the same reasons. Likewise, the tile is an exceptionally hard flooring surface. If you have small children or elderly family members residing in your home, and falling is a big concern, tile can pose a problem.

  • Grout care: All forms of tile flooring rely on grout at points of jointure. While the tile is not vulnerable to dirt and mold, the grout is. A protective sealant will need to be applied at least once per year for optimal maintenance.

  • Heavy weight: Due to the materials it is made of, tile kitchen flooring may require you to check the load-bearing integrity of your subflooring before installation. This is a heavy-weight flooring option that may not be ideal for older houses, which can be more prone to structural weaknesses brought on by age.

Installation Cost

For ceramic or porcelain tile flooring, the average cost ranges from $13.50 to $63 per square foot. You can expect to spend between $860 and $2,707, depending on the size of your kitchen.

Trust Sears Home Services for Your Kitchen Flooring Solutions

Whether you are in the process of a total kitchen remodel or just need some advice on what flooring supplies will be needed to realize your latest tile flooring project, Sears Home Services has the knowledge and expertise to lend honest, professional help.

Our experts can ensure that your kitchen flooring not only looks new but is also installed properly. Contact Sears Home Services today for an estimate tailored to your unique needs, and we will have you on your way to that kitchen flooring you’ve been dreaming of.

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