5 Budget-Friendly Kitchen Flooring Options

Written by admin@omgkitchens / Flooring
February 6, 2023 / 5 Minute Read

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Who doesn’t want a slick, stylish kitchen?

After all, it is the hub of all household activity, whether cozy family dinners or your morning breakfast. This is where you will entertain your guests and family alike. So, your kitchen flooring shouldn’t be an afterthought.

It should be a status symbol that reflects your taste. However, not everyone can afford to jazz up the kitchen with expensive Italian marble. Super-expensive options like these can cost as much as $50 a square foot.

But what if you could find equally stunning kitchen flooring options for a lower cost?

Let’s take a look at a few budget-friendly kitchen flooring options.

1. Cork

Cork is probably the most popular affordable kitchen flooring choice. It is made of cork oak tree bark dried, ground, and compressed with resin. This is a highly functional kitchen flooring option. It can last a lifetime with proper maintenance.

Although inexpensive, cork comes in visually stunning patterns. In other words, you can make a style statement using cork flooring without breaking the bank. It is available as snap-together planks or tiles.

Pros 

  • Aesthetically pleasing styles, colors, and patterns. 
  • Comfortable on your feet. 
  • Prevent heat loss. 
  • Dampens sound. 
  • Eco-friendly. 
  • Easy to maintain and install. 

Cons 

  • Requires sealing to prevent moisture and water damage. 
  • Not suitable if there is plenty of direct sunlight as it can fade over time. 
  • You will need to reseal it every few years. 

2. Vinyl

Vinyl is another beautiful, visually rich flooring you can buy at a fraction of the cost. Available in sheets, tiles, or luxury vinyl planks, this flooring is made of synthetic materials. Its durability and aesthetic appeal make vinyl an excellent choice for kitchen flooring.

But most importantly, vinyl comes in different styles and patterns. The choices are virtually unlimited. So, it’s easy for you to shop based on your installation preferences, flooring styles, and price. It’s easy to find attractive colors and patterns that mimic expensive flooring options like hardwood and natural stone.

Pros 

  • Hundreds of attractive colors, styles, and patterns.
  • The average life of 15 to 25 years. 
  • Excellent choice if you have pets and children. 
  • Easy to clean and maintain. 
  • Easy to install. 
  • Water-resistant. 

Cons 

There are not many cons to vinyl flooring. However, it can get damaged by extreme heat and prolonged direct sunlight. 

3. Laminate

Like vinyl, laminate flooring can also mimic hardwood and natural stone. It can even look like slate. Laminate is a multi-layer synthetic flooring. It can last long. Although they share many similarities, vinyl and laminate are not the same.

Pros 

  • Incredible styles, colors, and patterns that resemble hardwood and natural stone.
  • Virtually unlimited choices.
  • Scratch-resistant design. 
  • Incredibly durable. 
  • Stain resistant. 
  • Easy to clean and maintain.
  • It doesn’t fade when exposed to sunlight.
  • Easy to install. It comes as planks that attach. 
  • Easy to install on almost any surface, including wood, concrete, and existing flooring. 
  • The average life is around 15 to 25 years. 

Cons

  • It’s often difficult to repair the flooring as you can’t refinish it like wood. 
  • It’s better to hire a professional to install laminate flooring. 
  • Unfortunately, the seams between planks are vulnerable to water damage. The planks can bulge along the edges. So, you will need to be careful when handling liquid spills on this flooring.

4. Ceramic

Ceramic floor tiles come in every color and pattern, making them an attractive option for kitchen flooring. These tiles also come in every size and shape imaginable, allowing you to create beautiful designs on your kitchen floor. It is also easy to maintain and clean ceramic tiles, especially glazed tiles.

Ceramic tiles have a hard, solid surface that keeps dirt, dust, pollen, or other allergens away. Plus, these particles are readily visible when they fall on the ceramic tile flooring. This allows you to keep your kitchen clean.

Pros

  • Virtually unlimited colors, patterns, and styles.
  • Easy maintenance and repair. 
  • They can withstand heavy foot traffic. 
  • Water resistant. 
  • Allergen resistant. 

Cons 

  • Installation can be labor-intensive and somewhat tricky. 
  • It is easy to clean and maintain.
  • The grout needs to be sealed for enhanced protection. 
  • They are slippery when wet. 

You can go for DIY installation, but getting a professional is much better.

5. Concrete

Concrete is one of the best kitchen flooring choices on a budget. It is made up of water, cement, and aggregates. It can offer a smooth, modern feel, unlike any other material. Plus, you can create any pattern and style with the colors of your choice. You can stain it, polish it, or even get it etched.

But above all, it can last long. Concrete can last 50 to 100 years easily.

Pros

  • Incredibly long lasting. 
  • Easy to clean and maintain. 
  • No need to replace it if maintained carefully. 
  • It can withstand everyday footfall.
  • Versatile colors, patterns, and designs.

Cons 

you will need to hire a professional to pour, color, and stain the concrete flooring. This is certainly not a DIY installation.

The Bottom Line

Renovating your kitchen is an excellent idea to jazz up your home. And the good news is you can do this without spending a fortune. There are several budget-friendly kitchen flooring options available in the market. Hopefully, these five options will help you get started.

Read for your kitchen remodeling? OMG Kitchen & Bath can help you. Our experts will help you every step of the way. For more information, feel free to contact us today!

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