If you have a luxury kitchen or a gourmet kitchen, chances are you want the best of everything. This includes, of course, the flooring. So, since are many flooring options available in the market it’s important to narrow down to the best option for kitchen flooring which is going to make your kitchen floor not only look aesthetically pleasing but also provides you the durability that you will need in the kitchen. If you plan on redoing your kitchen, it absolutely has to have a luxury feel to it. So what are the best flooring materials for your own gourmet kitchen? Here are some suggestions:
Natural Stone Flooring
When someone thinks of a luxury gourmet kitchen, the very first material they should think about is stone. This is by far and wide the most expensive material used in a kitchen, but hey, it’s worth it.
Natural stone such as marble, granite, and travertine flooring are very heavy products and they are expensive for a reason. In order to get the stone you have to dig a quarry and in order to really get deep down into the quarry, find the harder (and prettier) stone – you need to dig deep and use all sorts of equipment. So you aren’t just paying for the stone, for the installation and for the labor to install it, you are paying for the entire process.
Out of all the materials listed here, stone is definitely the most labor intensive, but also one of the most durable materials. A stone can have an array of colors and styles and you can use it in conjunction with other stones or materials to create some really beautiful flooring ideas or even themes like Grecian. Something like marble could cost as low as $3 for something like tiles, but in most cases your looking at paying anywhere from $15 to $20 per square foot for marble. On the other hand, if you want to install large slabs, those are going to cost even more at around $50 to $80 per square foot.
Now hardwood isn’t exactly the first thing you think of when you say the word kitchen, and yet so many people do have hardwood in their kitchens. Either they have the money for the upkeep or they are just really careful. This is a material that looks and feels amazing, but it can get ruined quickly if you don’t take care of it properly. You need to make sure that you don’t have any leaks around the fridge or under the sink because if you do and it is exposed to water for a long period of time, you might just have to rip that entire floor up and start anew. Quite an ugly picture, huh?
Typically, hardwood floors are going to set you back about $12 to $22. Once you start getting into exotic floors that’s where the price really starts to get high. If you want a really unique look and feel, maybe it’s worth the price tag to you. On the other hand, if you can manage to get your hands on some “c
heaper” wood like reclaimed wood, salvaged wood or something of the like you could pay lower than the average cost of a hardwood flooring, but you might need to take extra steps to make sure it’s sealed properly.
These are different from your everyday vinyl tiles. LVT is becoming a major player in the flooring scene and for good reason. Laminate planks, which we will be discussing further down have been very popular these past few years because they look like real wood. Well, now LVT are also able to give you the same thing. They have tiles which look like wood, stone, or hey, vinyl.
While vinyl is the least expensive one, LVT is a very close second in terms of cost. Also, LVT tends to be much softer and warmer than that of its cousin and its slip resistant.
Prices: You won’t expect this so hold on to your heart. Prices for LVT start at around a $ and can go up to about $5 per square foot. Much different than the other two options.
Of course, laminate has to be included in this article because it is such a great material. This is one of those “looks expensive, but it’s not” deals. It looks very much like wood – real hardwood flooring planks – but it’s not. It’s a great faker! It looks and feels like wood. In laminate flooring, there are a lot of different stains available and you can choose from regular flooring (traditional) or a more conventional option called floating flooring. Floating flooring means you don’t need any nails to put the floor down and it can be placed right on top of your subfloor or pre-existing floor. It’s a really great product and it’s about $7 to $11 per square foot and that includes the price of installation as well.
So there you have it, your guide to flooring and best flooring options for Gourmet Kitchens