by Elias Deukmajian | Kitchen Flooring
No room in the home is quite as important as the kitchen, whether you’re hosting a dinner party or having just another morning family breakfast, your kitchen remains a fixture in your home. To most potential homeowners, a beautiful kitchen can make up for quite a few things wrong with a home. Keeping the kitchen immaculate is also a great way to maximize the value of your home as well, as a nice kitchen suggests a more refined home overall.
Avoid cheaper quality materials or installation
Remodeling your kitchen is an important task whether you’re moving in and want to fit it to your tastes or are fixing it up before selling and the biggest component to keep in mind is the kitchen flooring. With so many options and styles to choose from, the one rule to keep in mind is to avoid going for cheaper quality materials or installation.
Don’t try to cut costs
When you consider the constant stress your flooring will face along with pets or children you may have or be planning to have, there are a lot of factors that go into deciding on a flooring type. Typically the kitchen costs about 10% of the entire renovation process with the average flooring replacement costing between $1,800 and $2,800. Trying to cut costs when it comes to the flooring will give you headaches in the long run and here are a few things to consider before looking for lower priced materials.
Durability- When you choose flooring like tile or hardwood, your expectation is that you’ll be getting a durable surface that can withstand spills, drops and general wear and tear for years to come. When you use a cheaper material, there’s a good chance that while it may look as good as the pricier options, that it’s of a significantly lower quality. This specifically effects the durability as lower quality materials will be more likely to be damaged should something be dropped on it, it can also stain easier in the event of spills. Depending on how much you save, if you need to replace the flooring due to damage like this early on, then chances are the cheaper materials can actually cost you more in the long run.
Safety- With the risk of your flooring being damaged faster if it’s cheaper materials, safety becomes a top concern to consider as well. A broken piece of tile or splintered piece of hardwood floor can increases risk of tripping or injury while a loose piece of laminate can be a tripping hazard that could risk further damages to your kitchen.
Installation- Most homeowners will look to the installation process to try and cut down on cost, whether it’s finding someone to do it cheaper than the rest or even attempting to do it yourself, cutting corners when it comes to installation is possibly the worst route to take with your flooring. With how valuable the kitchen is to your home, an unsightly and unprofessional kitchen floor will do you no favors. The sloppy appearance of a bad grout job that makes the kitchen floor look off centered and hardwood that hasn’t been properly checked for moisture are two immediately noticeable mistakes that will haunt your kitchen as long as they’re there. In the event you use a cheaper flooring expert, you run the risk of proper inspections and precautions not being taken, which is something that may not immediately manifest itself as an issue and that could only emerge over time. Rectifying these mistakes can only be done by redoing the entire floor and even if you do it yourself, paying for the same work twice, regardless of cheaper materials, isn’t helping you cut costs at all.
The phrase you get what you pay for is almost never truer than when it comes to your new flooring. When you consider the importance of your kitchen to you, trying to cut costs whether with materials or second-rate installation will do you no favors when it comes to the appearance or overall value of your home. With the average kitchen flooring remodel costing just about $1,800, one possible remedy to help you afford a quality floor is piecing your remodel out bit by bit as you can afford it. Updating the kitchen in pieces like cabinets when you can afford the ones you like and then flooring once you’ve found what you like and save up for it. There are no rule that states that a kitchen needs to be remodeled all at once but there are guidelines to follow to make sure you don’t break the bank or end up with a kitchen you wish you could remodel again immediately.