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Choosing Your Kitchen Floor

The products on the market today are diverse, from the real-deals to countless imitations. Be sure to check out all of the products and trends you like before choosing your favourite. Take your budget into consideration and take the time to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each material; you’ll be sure to be happy with your selection for years to come.

The Different Types of Flooring for Kitchens

When it comes to flooring materials in the kitchen, your choices are not limited. Each boasts its own advantages, but unfortunately the good always comes with some sort of bad. Weigh your options and find out which floor is best for you.

Pro tip

Larger pieces of stone and tiles are popular, as it helps make the space feel larger; rectangular (as opposed to square) pieces of stone and tile are also trendy with tight grout lines.

Things to Consider

Aside from durability, longevity and even style, there are other considerations to keep in mind when choosing a flooring material for your kitchen.

Size of the space
You may love an expensive natural stone, but if you have hundreds and hundreds of square feet, the cost of it might break the bank. Alternatively, if the floor space in the kitchen is quite small, even an expensive flooring material may not impact your budget too much because of the small square footage.


The size of the space will determine the size of the flooring material. For instance, scale the size of the ceramic tile to match the size of the space.

  • A large, expansive kitchen can carry the visual weight of large tiles (say, 2' by 2')
  • Whereas smaller tiles will better suit a smaller kitchen (equal to or less than 1' x 1').

Value of the home: It is not a wise investment to remodel your home above and beyond its resale value. Take into consideration the value of your home and the likelihood of recovering the money you’ll have invested into certain improvements. For instance, if your home is in a lower value area of town, you may not want to install marble flooring because chances are it will not add to the overall value of the home (meaning you won’t get the money back when you sell!). For lower end homes, stick to inexpensive options such as vinyl, linoleum or an inexpensive tile or wood laminate.

Pets

Consider your pet(s) when choosing a flooring material. A 120-pound dog may scratch certain soft woods. Alternatively, a concrete floor could withstand nearly any type of indoor pet!

Calculator

Planning renovations also means calculating the quantities of materials you will need. Use our handy calculators for ceramic and linoleum to make your estimate.
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