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Choosing the right material can make all the difference for the flooring in your home

Choosing the right material can make all the differenceKitchens have long been considered the most popular gathering space in a home. That popularity compels millions of homeowners to renovate their kitchens yearly, and the return on those investments is often significant.

Several variables, including the value of neighboring homes and how quickly homeowners sell their homes after a renovation, affect the return on investment with a given project. According to Remodeling magazine's "2021 Cost vs. Value Report," homeowners recouped roughly 72 percent of their investment in a minor kitchen remodel at resale. That sizable return outperformed other popular upgrades, including vinyl siding replacement and wood deck additions.

When renovating kitchens, homeowners will have to consider various components within the room, including the floors. Average flooring costs can be hard to calculate because they depend so heavily on homeowners' choice of materials. Homeowners can consider the following popular flooring materials as they plan to renovate their kitchens.

Vinyl

Vinyl flooring is popular, thanks in large part to its cost. According to the home remodeling experts at HomeAdvisor, vinyl flooring installation is much less costly than other types of flooring. But its budget-friendliness is not the only benefit of vinyl flooring, which HGTV notes is easy to clean, making it an ideal choice for families that routinely confront spills and stains. HomeAdvisor notes that vinyl is the best waterproof material among all kitchen floors.

Porcelain/ceramic tile

HomeAdvisor reports that installing porcelain or ceramic tile flooring costs between $885 and $2,994. That's less than the average cost to install stone or wood flooring. Porcelain or ceramic tiles can be slippery when they get wet. However, HGTV notes that some porcelain flooring tiles have been certified slip-resistant by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Hardwood

It's hard to beat hardwood when it comes to aesthetic appeal. Hardwood can be especially suitable in homes with open-concept floor plans that already have hardwood floors in surrounding rooms. HomeAdvisor notes that hardwood flooring installation can be costly, making it a less realistic option for budget-conscious homeowners. According to HGTV, engineered wood planks may be something to consider in the kitchen, as these are designed to be less susceptible to humidity and temperature. That's an important component to consider in the kitchen, where temperatures can fluctuate while meals are being prepared.

Stone

Natural stone tile is another popular kitchen flooring material. HomeAdvisor traces that popularity to its wide variety of styles and price points, making it a realistic option for homeowners working with big and small budgets. Stone tiles also provide a unique look because no two look the same, which might appeal to homeowners who want their kitchen floors to create a one-of-a-kind impression.

Kitchen flooring materials vary widely. That variety ensures a material for any style and budget homeowners are working with.

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