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Kitchen Flooring— A Guide on Costs, Time Frames and Labour

All you need to know about Kitchen Flooring including costs of materials, labourer and time frames.

One of the most trafficked parts of every home, the kitchen needs to have ample space that exudes both style and practicality. So, when choosing a kitchen flowing, you want to consider even the smallest details to make sure you choose the right one. 

You’ll want your floor to be stain-resistant, easy to clean, and isn’t prone to water damage. However, you wouldn’t want to discount style in your quest for the practical.

You’d want both the interior design and the style of the kitchen to work together and not against each other. Just remember that whilst your choices as far as kitchen flooring is vast and interesting, remember that carpet is just a big no. Covering your kitchen floor with carpet is never a good idea due to its absorbent nature.

With carpeted kitchen flooring, any spillage will get soaked in, making it harder to clean. Stains will likely be next to impossible to remove too. 

TYPE OF FLOORING COST PER M2 Avg. Cost Duration
Tiles £20-£30 N/A 2 day
Laminate £20-£30 N/A 3 day
Lino/Vinyl £15-£20 N/A 3 days
Concrete/Resin £25-£30 N/A 3.5 day

You want kitchen floors that will allow easy cleaning in the event of spills. Flooring materials should have surfaces that are easy to wipe off without leaving stains behind. Something that will be resistant to wear and tear should be considered, especially since you’ll be using your kitchen space almost all the time.

If you’re looking for something hard-wearing, is easy to install, looks good, but is also light on the pockets, laminate flooring is a definite go-to. Vinyl is also ideal because it is water-resistant.

Cleaning it is  easy too. Both these flooring’s are available in a variety of styles so finding one that looks good with the kind of kitchen look you’re going for should be easy.

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Materials £500

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Tradesmen £350

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Waste Removal £90

Understanding the Process

The type of kitchen flooring you’ll choose will ultimately dictate the installation process that will be involved with the project. If you have an older kitchen, there’s a very good chance that you have vinyl or lino flooring. This requires removal if they are no longer in tiptop shape.

For old flooring that just looks old-fashioned or less appealing but is still reasonably sound, the new flooring can be just laid directly over the old one. For carpeted floors, removing the carpet is necessary before any new flooring installation can be done. In most cases, almost any kind of flooring can be just left as the base or sub-floor of the new ones.

Before laying vinyl tiles over your old lino or vinyl floor, a thorough clean-up is necessary. This ensures that the adhesive can effectively adhere to the surface.

This also helps prevent mould from thriving underneath the new floors. If you have kitchen cabinets, you won’t have to do a wall to wall installation of the new floors. However, if there are free-standing appliances in the kitchen, remove them first to ensure that the flooring is installed to cover those gaps to the wall.

Doing the installation in this manner makes it easier to take the appliances out if they ever need repairs, replacement, or if you simply need to reach behind them when cleaning. Plus, it does create a neater, more polished look. Most kitchen flooring is replaced in conjunction with a kitchen remodelling or renovation. So, the process often involves fitting in new appliances or cabinets.

This is possible for smaller-scale projects such as a minor refurbishment that involves replacing drawer fronts and cabinet doors to keep the kitchen renovation costs minimal.

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Vinyl and laminate are two of the most popular options that homeowners lean toward when it comes to their kitchen flooring. However, people tend to mix both up.

Whilst they do share various similarities between them such as their durability, ease of installation, and low cost, they do have differences. 

There’s no such thing as the perfect kitchen flooring but it helps when you choose the most suitable material for the type of kitchen you have. This helps prevent possible problems that may derail the installation project or worse, will lead to a higher total job cost.

For instance, poor fitting and questionable preparation are among the most common issues you’ll most likely have to contend with. Just remember that both laminate and vinyl flooring will require a base that is even, clean and smooth.

You’re only setting yourself up for additional work and costs if you scrimp the preparation— so, the little details can save you from a lot of trouble later.

Kitchen Flooring Installation Costs

We’ve gathered quotes from both large and small businesses alike that are involved in kitchen flooring installation to help provide you with a more accurate representation of pricing and rates.

It wouldn’t hurt to connect with your local tradesmen to get a better grasp of their price range. After all, rates can vary depending on the scale of the job at hand.

Generally, materials cost involved kitchen floor replacement will vary depending on how high or low quality the materials used are. The size of your kitchen will figure in as well. A kitchen with a much bigger area will require more materials and tradesmen will take a longer time to complete.

Most flooring specialists will charge between £100- £150 as a daily rate in laying vinyl or laminate flooring. Do note that your options are not only limited to vinyl or lino.

You can go for tiles, hardwood, carpet, engineered wood, resin or concrete— although carpet for the kitchen is definitely a huge no. Flooring materials such as laminate may take longer to complete— 2 days at the most, due to the higher level of difficulty involved, mostly in making sure that the laminate is accurately cut.

Generally, for kitchens of medium size, getting fitted with laminate flooring can incur a total cost of £500. Materials will take up to £300 or 60% of the budget, £150 pays the tradesmen and the remaining £50 covers the waste removal costs.