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Budget Kitchen Renovation: Materials

Last modified: 2022-09-13 | Approximate reading time 4 mins

Cynthia Pigeon

For the majority of people, embarking on a renovation project is synonymous with substantial financial implications. While the level of financial investment often ensures that the end result will be satisfactory, it is nevertheless possible to achieve the desired results on a smaller budget, without having to compromise in terms of quality and aesthetic value.

To revamp your kitchen while limiting your spending, check out some of the more affordable materials that are just as versatile as they are budget-friendly.

A Cost-Effective, Quality Kitchen 

Laminate: A Wise Choice for Countertop and Floors

If you are thinking about renovating your kitchen, laminate may fall under the category of materials you are considering for your new countertops or floors. This material, which is available in a wide range of colours, textures, and patterns, can easily emulate an array of materials such as wood and granite.

Still, note that this material is less heat-resistant, which means that certain precautions must be taken to avoid any unpleasant surprises. When renovating your kitchen, expect to spend between $30 and $60 per square foot, labour costs included.

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Melamine: Do Not Get it Twisted

In terms of cost, melamine is a highly advantageous option. It is very durable and is particularly scratch- and stain-resistant. Since it is easy to clean, it is an obvious choice for kitchen cabinets. Available in an impressive array of patterns and colours, it is possible to find melamine cabinets that very convincingly mimic wood grain. Note that melamine can be painted, which is a huge bonus.

In an article published in La Presse (the article is only available in French), Michel Manning of Cuisines Verdun pointed out that "Melamine is not considered a cheap product anymore. A lot of people confuse melamine with hardwood given the flawless finish."

Benefiting from faux bamboo, walnut or white oak for about $18 per square foot is a solid buy, both in terms of aesthetics and budget.

Note that this material is somewhat vulnerable to heat and humidity. Repairing this type of surface can also be time-consuming.

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Polymer Boards: Bold and Beautiful

Polymer boards are more durable than melamine and are also available in a wide array of colours and patterns to suit your fancy. Polymer boards can have a glossy or matte finish, both at a very low cost, while still featuring unique colours and patterns. Whether you envision crocodile skin prints or a leather-like finish, anything is possible with polymer.

However, since it is but a pine wood fibre panel covered with a PVC sheet, excessive humidity or intense heat can cause the cabinet to warp. Thus, extreme heat (500 to 700 degrees Celsius) from self-cleaning ovens can pose a problem. Polymer, which is priced at approximately $30+ per square foot, offers a cost-effective solution, making it a rightful contender.

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Vinyl: An Amazingly Underrated Product

Despite its perceived lack of appeal, vinyl does have a number of advantages, aside from its relatively low purchase price. Vinyl can mimic various finishes such as wood, slate, and even granite, and it is also water-resistant. Besides, it is a flexible material that is much less cold to the touch, compared to, let’s say, stonework.

Low-maintenance, yet sound-absorbing, this material reduces noise generated by footsteps. As this type of material has a urethane wear layer, the tiles are particularly scratch-resistant. As a result, it greatly reduces the need for future repairs.

Flooring costs, on average, are from $4.50 to $14.50 per square foot.

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Make an Eco-Friendly Choice with Linoleum

While it requires a little bit more upkeep than vinyl, linoleum is made entirely of natural materials such as cork, wood flour, and linseed oil. It is very easy to maintain and has anti-bacterial properties. The previously mentioned features make this material a good choice for homes dwelling tiny tots running around wild, who are bound to spill all sorts of things on the floor.

Linoleum has a propensity to retain heat, thus eliminating the discomfort of having to tread across cold floors. Furthermore, due to its durability, there is no need to worry about having to replace it at any time in the near future. Regarding prices, account for $2.50 to $6 per square foot.

To get an idea of what kitchen renovation projects contractors affiliated with RenoQuotes.com have successfully completed, check out our article: 10 Examples of Kitchen Renovation Projects.

To know about the average cost of various renovation projects, check out our 2022 Home Renovation Price Guide

Also, check out our Kitchen Renovation Project: Checklist of the Steps to Follow article, which includes a trusty document to help guide you along the course of the work.

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