Kitchens are the hub of home life. Homeowners spend more money on kitchen remodeling as compared to other home improvement projects. Depending on how serious an overhaul it is, homeowners would spend about $10,000 to $40,000 on kitchen renovations.

We understand that not everyone has the budget to pull off such a kitchen remodel, but don’t be tempted to use cheap materials just to save money. To get the most financial gain on your kitchen remodel, you want to invest on durable materials.

Here are 3 materials to avoid on your next kitchen remodel.

Trendy backsplash material

The backsplash provides you an opportunity to be creative and express your personality. However, you may want to do away from trendy tile patterns and bold colors.

Trends come and go. Tastes change. You may like it now, but you may find it tacky after a few years. To prevent this from happening, you want your kitchen to remain timeless in design. Stick with classic designs and neutral colors. A neutral backsplash adds just as much character to your space.

Cheap sheet vinyl flooring

The kitchen is one of the busiest areas of the house. Heavy foot traffic demands you to invest on durable materials. Besides the look, durability should be given importance when selecting kitchen flooring.

Vinyl flooring has been a popular option for homeowners due to its affordability. It is also moisture resistant, so it works pretty well in the kitchen. Despite having a “wear layer”, vinyl flooring tends to show signs of wear over time. If damaged, it’s unrepairable. It also has a shorter lifespan as compared to other flooring materials and fades when exposed to sunlight.

Plastic laminate countertop

Laminate is one of the cheapest countertop options. If you’re watching your budget, you are probably considering using laminate for your kitchen counters. Laminate is actually a good choice, provided that you stay away from the entry-level plastic laminate.

Plastic laminate is available in a wide variety of colors and finishes. They are also easy to clean and maintain. The downside is that they are extremely easy to damage. Knives can wreak havoc on the melamine finish, so be sure to keep your cutting boards handy. Also, be careful with hot pans as it could melt the plastic and leave a permanence mark on your counter.

Plastic laminate is impossible to repair once damaged, so your only option is to replace the entire counter or live with the damages.