Kitchen Flooring on a Budget

by Jane VanOsdol on March 22, 2011

If you’re afraid that a kitchen remodel is a budget impossibility right now, think again. It is possible to remodel your kitchen on a budget with some creativity, hard work and inexpensive materials. And inexpensive doesn’t have to mean cheap. With the variety of products now available in the home improvement market, you can have a high-end look kitchen at a low price tag.

So far in this series, we’ve looked at how painting, countertops and the casual living trend can all help you create a beautiful kitchen at a bargain rate. In this blog, we’ll look at your most economical flooring: vinyl.

Vinyl flooring was first introduced in the early 1900s and became more widely used after World War II. However, you don’t need to worry that a vinyl floor will date your home. Today’s vinyl offers numerous hip, updated looks that often pass for other types of materials, such as wood and tile.  Besides that, vinyl can withstand high traffic, dirt and grit, and even ultra pointed high heels–all without a care.

Types of Vinyl

Vinyl Sheet. This type of vinyl installation is best left to a home improvement professional. It is made from a combination of PVC, fiberglass, foam gel and urethane. It has few, if any, seams. Sheet vinyl is available in a wide range of looks and sizes from 6 to 15 1/2 feet wide.

Vinyl Tiles.Vinyl tiles are made with similar materials as vinyl sheets, but emerge stiffer and harder than vinyl sheets and are therefore do-it-yourself  products. They can be glued down or joined at the edges to float over a subfloor. The tiles range in size from 6-inch squares on up to 24 inches. Tiles come in an amazing array of looks from simulated stone tiles that need to be grouted to a wood-block look tile to a metallic shine tile.

Vinyl Planks. Vinyl planks are made in a similar process to vinyl tiles. The planks come in 3 and 4 foot-long strips that look and feel like real wood—but not at a real wood price.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the price of vinyl flooring. Prices start at a low $1.70 per square foot and go up to about $12 per square foot, with many choices in the $2, $3 and $4 range. Depending on the quality, vinyl flooring will last from 10 years at the low end up to 25 years for a high-grade product (many high-end choices in the $4 range ).

Ultimately, a kitchen remodeling project doesn’t have to drain your bank account. Shop around till you find the vinyl flooring with the look you want at a price you can live with.

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