Determining your budget is the first step in choosing a new kitchen flooring option. When determining your kitchen flooring budget, there is much more to consider besides the price per square foot. Some flooring options require professional installation, which can quickly run up the total costs. In addition, some flooring options have short lifespans, which decreases their cost-effectiveness.
Because of the huge range of flooring options, it can cost you anywhere from $80 per square metre for the most basic synthetic carpet to more than $200 per square metre for a genuine timber flooring system. The key here is to know what kind of overall look you are after and to choose accordingly. It’s also important to understand the waterproofing limitations of some products before applying them to wet areas. Your Refresh consultant will have a wealth of knowledge in this area and will know which products are readily available and which will require a wait time to install. For example, in some locations, there is a long lead-in time for hand-made tiles and tilers.
But before you start installing your new flooring, you’ll likely need to remove the existing floor-coverings. Depending on the size of the house, this can take anywhere from half a day to several days.
To help you understand your options we’ve put together a basic, mid, and high range costing for each flooring option, so you can get an idea of where your budget will stretch to, and the features of different flooring products. Check out our range of kitchen renovation at Hitch Property Constructions.
Breaking Down the Costs of Kitchen Flooring
All kitchens are different in both size and layout. According to the NKBA, the average kitchen ranges between 103 square feet and 238 square feet. Due to this variance, we’re going to estimate costs for a 200 square foot kitchen.
The size of the area and the material you want to use will impact the overall cost of the flooring. Inexpensive materials such as vinyl and linoleum may reduce costs in the short term, but you need to consider whether these materials will endure and if they will add value to your home. Wood and tile require a larger upfront investment, but they will last much longer and appeal to buyers if you’re looking to sell.
Based on national averages, the materials and installation of a new kitchen floor will cost approximately $3,000. That’s why it’s important to know exactly what type of material is desired and how many square meters need to be covered.
Below are the average costs of flooring material:
- Basic: Laminate wood or tile is one of the more popular choices in modern kitchens. Not only are the materials cheaper, but the installation costs will be lower. Handy homeowners might even choose to tackle this project themselves, further lowering the total price. The average cost per square foot for laminate flooring with a hardwood finish is about $1 to $2, and the price for installation ranges between $2 to $8.
- Standard: A solid mid-range option for your kitchen flooring is tile. They’re durable, easy to clean and come in multiple styles to suit anyone’s budget. If you have a busy space, you should opt for higher quality, which runs about $2 to $7 a square foot for ceramic and $6 to $15 a square foot for stone. Labour costs vary drastically by region and type of tile being installed. You should contact multiple teams to find an average in your area.
- Premium: Wood is a classic choice for many homes, but it can be quite expensive–especially since you likely won’t be installing them in just your kitchen. Decent quality hardwoods, like oak and maple, are durable and can last many years in a busy kitchen, but you’ll pay the price. Materials cost $5 to $10 a square foot and labour will add an additional $3 to $10 per square foot. More exotic types of wood will be more expensive, and complex patterns will take more time to install.
Cost by Type
Hardwood is among the more expensive flooring types, though it holds its value well. The average cost is around $4,000 for oak hardwood floors, which would also cover new subfloors and installation.
Solid timber floors are the crème de la crème of flooring, and if you’re lucky enough to have native timber floors in your house, it’ll cost you around $75 per square metre to have those beauties sanded and polished with three coats of polyurethane. With existing timber floors it’s important to consider the cost of any remedial work, pre-sand and polish.
Framing replacement/strengthening joists and bearers [costs] $25 to $75 per square metre.
If you want to install solid timber floors, it’s going to cost you a fair bit more. Brand new solid timber floors will cost in excess of $90 per square metre plus installation; however, you won’t need to polish them after installation. Looking for kitchen renovation Melbourne? Look no further? Hitch Property Constructions has you covered.
Solid timber costs
From $90 per m2, excludes installation.
Thanks to its easy-to-maintain nature and variety, tile is a very popular flooring type. The average installation cost for tile is around $5 and up, depending on the specifics of your layout and the tile you’re using.
- Ceramic Tile: Ceramic tile is available for less than a dollar per square foot, though it’s usually around $3. With materials and installation, the cost is about $1,600 for a kitchen.
- Porcelain Tile: While porcelain and ceramic are similar, porcelain is more durable as its materials go through more refining. Porcelain tiles average a cost between $3 and $10 per square foot. For our calculation we’ll go with $6 as a midrange, meaning a cost of $2,200 for materials and installation.
- Natural Stone Tile: Stone tiles such as quartz, travertine, marble, or slate are going to have a wide cost variance. Stone tiles can be as little as a few dollars per square foot to over $25 a square foot for designer tiles. The average price is $7 per square foot, and the average cost for installation is also $7 per square foot, bringing the total to around $2,800.
While there are different price ranges for tiles, your tiler will cost approximately $60 per square metre, regardless of the tile. The price of installation should include labour, glues, grout and silicone. Added extras include trims, grout sealers, underlay and waterproofing. It’s important to check with your local authority to know whether your tiler needs to be a certified waterproofer. In NSW and Queensland, for example, tilers and waterproofers must be licensed.
The cost of a tile in the basic-range would be around $20 – $28 per square metre, but don’t forget that factors like complicated spaces and tricky installation patterns will bump up the cost.
Additionally, a substrate, such as a fibre-cement underlay, will need to be installed on wooden floors to create an inflexible base to glue the tiles onto (it’s glued and screwed in place) and this will incur an additional material and labour cost.
- Basic range tiles: A basic-range tiling job, with a $20 per square metre tile (that doesn’t require substrate or waterproofing) can cost as little as $80 per square metre including the tiler’s labour.
- Mid-range tiles: A mid-range tile will cost you around $50 – $80 per square metre; add the cost of a tiler, and you’re looking at $110 – $140 per square metre (without any waterproofing or substrate).
- High-range tiles: High range tiles will likely always need waterproofing, and can cost anything from $80 per square metre up to in excess of $200 per square metre. Add to this the cost of a high-range tiler at $120 per square metre, and you’re looking at anything in excess of $320 per square metre.
Vinyl flooring is one of the most budget-friendly kitchen flooring options. In addition, new designs and styles make vinyl flooring much more attractive than it once was. Vinyl flooring is available in tile or roll-out form. Installation is inexpensive, and maintenance is low.
Vinyl is water-resistant and low maintenance; it’s also one of the most cost-effective options with a typical cost of around $800-$1000 for a kitchen.
Vinyl flooring is an excellent cost-effective option for spaces where you need water resistance. However, speak to your installer first about whether vinyl is an option, as if water can be trapped under the vinyl it can damage sub-floors. Engineered flooring is a similarly cost-effective option. But it’s important to remember you can’t use some products in wet areas including laundries. Therefore you’ll have to consider your options there.
When it comes to the difference between vinyl and engineered timber, vinyl is far more fade-resistant. However, engineered laminate timber flooring can give a more ‘up-scale’ look.
Vinyl & Engineered Timber costs
These two products are similarly priced, with both products costing between $65 – $120 per square metre.
Laminates can be found from under $1 to over $5 per square foot, depending on their quality—installation costs between $2 and $8 per square foot. According to HomeAdvisor, most people tend to spend between $1,300 and $4,200 on their laminate floors.
Laminate flooring is more widely used in other rooms of the home, but it is an affordable option for kitchen flooring. Laminate flooring can give your kitchen floor the look of a hardwood floor, with a cost similar to vinyl. You should take extra precaution with laminate flooring in the kitchen because the flooring should not get wet.
Bamboo flooring is gaining popularity in recent years. Planks range from $1 to over $8, and Home Advisor estimates that the kitchen would cost $1500.
Cork is a well-kept secret in the world of kitchen flooring. It naturally insulates your floor to keep it warm, and it is water-resistant. While cork flooring does have some downsides, such as being susceptible to damage, it remains a budget-friendly, low-maintenance kitchen flooring option.
Linoleum is often referred to as “the 40-year floor” for its extreme durability and long lifespan. While initially more expensive than vinyl flooring, linoleum lasts much longer, making it an affordable option investment in your home. Linoleum also is a popular choice in kitchens for its resistance to scratches and other types of damage.
Stained concrete is particularly budget-friendly for homes built on a concrete slab. In many cases, the concrete underneath your current floor can be cleaned, cured and stained. Stained concrete can be inexpensive to make, too. It is also low maintenance and gives your kitchen floor an interesting, industrial look.
Other Cost Factors
There are other factors beyond materials and installation when it comes to estimating your new kitchen floor costs.
- Removing the old floor: Many installers will remove your old materials but may also charge a fee. Tearing it out yourself could help save some money.
- Moving furniture: If your installers need to move any furniture they may charge a fee.
- Asbestos removal: If your floors are from the 80s or earlier, there is a possibility that there could be asbestos under the floor. This will need to be removed before a new floor can be installed, so be prepared for that removal fee.
- Any abnormalities in your floor: If your floors are uneven or need additional work, prepare to pay extra.
- Unique floor plans: If you have difficult angles or corners as part of your install, it could take more time, which means a bit more money.
Kitchen flooring trends
Timber flooring is no longer the number one choice when it comes to kitchen flooring with engineered flooring varieties such as engineered wood, laminate and vinyl taking over the top spot as man-made flooring types improve and become more diverse, stylish and durable. Here are some of the top new flooring trends for kitchens:
Wide-board dark timber flooring
Sophisticated dark-timbered wide board flooring is one of the enduring trends when it comes to kitchen floors, and there are now more options than ever before. If you’re looking for the real deal, hardwood floors in dark oaks, walnuts and mahoganies are the go-to’s.
You can, however, achieve a similar look with a more affordable and easy care flooring option Vinyl Plank flooring in dark timbered finishes gives you the warm look and feel of timber at a fraction of the cost. It’s also extremely durable and easy to clean. The most budget-friendly option of all would be a dark timber wide board finish in vinyl sheet floorings such as Dark Limed Oak, Smoked Oak Anthracite or Australian Aged Tallowood.
Light coloured laminate flooring
Laminate flooring in whites and greys is becoming extremely popular due to its contemporary, clean style, it’s overall simplicity and affordability. Light coloured laminate timber-look floors are the perfect choice for classic white, clean kitchen designs, providing a seamless aesthetic and an enhanced sense of space. Laminate also has the benefit of being very durable, scratch-resistant, extremely low maintenance and easy to install. As a floating floor, laminate can be installed over the top of almost any existing flooring.
Bold, Hexagon and Herringbone patterned floors
One of the most significant kitchen flooring trends is the trend towards patterned flooring and in particular hexagon patterns in bold or contrasting colours and herringbone parquetry-look patterns. All of these looks can be achieved affordably and stylishly with Luxury Sheet Vinyl. Sheet vinyl has come a long way since the 70s! It’s a great, incredibly affordable, easy-care flooring option for those wanting waterproof, stylish floors without the price tag of other flooring options. Hitch Property Constructions has an extensive range of kitchen renovation Melbourne to take the hassle out of deciding the right furniture that matches.
Bamboo is enjoying a huge boost in popularity due to its environmental friendliness, and warm, timbered style. Bamboo is a sustainable flooring option, perfect for both eco and style-conscious consumers. It’s also a very strong and durable flooring material making it a great choice for busy households. Carpet One’s Bamboo flooring has independent environmental certification from both GECA (Green Environmental Choice Australia) and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).
A kitchen renovation is a huge commitment for any homeowner and requires careful planning. Understanding the financial resources required for the project is crucial, and you’ll need to develop a full budget that takes into account how much materials, labour and installation will cost when you decide to undertake a project of any size.
The total cost of revamping your kitchen will vary considerably depending on the location of your property, the size of your space and the materials you want to use. How you use your kitchen will also play a role in determining your total budget. A home chef may want to opt for more pricey appliances, whereas a person concerned with the look of their kitchen may want to choose the fixtures found in popular magazines.
While DIY enthusiasts can tackle some jobs, the larger jobs that involve electrical or plumbing work should be done by professionals. You should consult a licensed home contractor for any project that requires moving appliances, building walls or changing the footprint of your kitchen.
Keep in mind that this is to give you a general idea of kitchen flooring costs instead of a definitive number. Every kitchen varies, but these estimations are still helpful to plan your budget. Now that you know about floors, you can see how much it costs to remodel a kitchen.