Choosing the right kitchen flooring is crucial to the entire design as it normally constitutes for the most space in the room.
Do you go for durability, cost, look or feel?
These five options will bring you one step closer to finding your perfect flooring material.
The resilience of vinyl kitchen flooring is one of the reasons for its continued popularity in new kitchen designs. This product remains inexpensive and has a low maintenance. It’s very easy to clean with either a quick sweep or damp cloth.
This tough, hard wearing option is also available in a spectrum of colours to suit any kitchen and has a good product life expectancy.
Vinyl is water repellent but can be damaged by grit or pebbles which could embed in the surface. There is also the possibility of colours fading over time.
However, vinyl is a reliable and effective flooring for most modern kitchens.
As you would expect, it’s hard to find something with the same durability as tile because of its natural solid surface and resistance to water. This makes cleaning a breeze and it only requires an all purpose cleaner or hot water to remove dirt and grime.
But, it’s this same hardness that factors in its biggest drawbacks. Anything dropped can quite easily break – glasses and plates first and foremost. It’s also not particularly comfortable, especially standing for long periods when washing up. The surface can also be cold.
Tile kitchen flooring is very dangerous when wet, so not ideally suited for a home with children running around. There are ways around this though and it’s possible to buy tiles with a textured surface which provide more traction.
Stone flooring shares mostly the same positives and negatives as tile. It’s durable, hard wearing and has a low maintenance.
However, its unique appearance does have an extra appeal and stone floorings are available in granite, soapstone, slate and limestone.
Like tile, stone kitchen flooring can be cold, dangerous when wet and uncomfortable when standing for long periods.
When choosing a kitchen floor, the wooden option is the most attractive. With a variety of woods on offer you can pick and choose the tone for your kitchen. Oak is the most popular, but beech, walnut, maple and ash are all available. Pine is also used to give a more vintage feel to the room.
Wooden floors require such little maintenance and a quick vacuum or sweep will alleviate the floor of mess. Wooden panelling also adds a warm feel to the room, which is lacking in the more durable tiles and stone. It’s also comfortable and long lasting if treated well.
Once again, it has its problems, especially when mixed with water. Some wooden floors will expand and contract depending on dampness and humidity and sometimes staining may occur if water isn’t mopped up.
Solid hardwood is also very expensive, so be sure to keep it in a good condition to really make the most out of your purchase.
Laminate kitchen flooring may look like solid wood at first sight, but in fact it’s processed wood, such as MDF, that creates the structure which is then topped off with a photographic image. The surface is then covered in a clear layer of melamine which gives it a hard wearing and water resistant appeal.
Laminate flooring has enjoyed a lot of popularity in recent years because of its ease and speed of installation, low cost and comfortable feel. Unlike vinyl, laminate flooring will not fade or scratch.
The colours and styles available can be quite limited for laminate flooring though, and if the surface isn’t taken care of, it can dent.
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