It’s easy to overlook the kitchen floor when you’re thinking about what units, appliances and added extras you’re going to have. But your choice of flooring can make or break your kitchen look. So, before you set your heart on solid wood or splash out on ceramic, here are some important points to consider.
Stone, Granite, slate and limestone are all popular choices. Granite screams luxury and glamor, it’s really robust and will last a long time with little maintenance. However, its high-end aesthetic is not to everyone’s taste, with some finding it a little too showy, despite its numerous practical merits. Slate and limestone then are other options for those who want to go with stone but want something a little more understated.
Stone flooring is not particularly kind under the feet for any dropped pots, pans and plates are unlikely to survive the fall unharmed. Granite can become slippery when wet, so is perhaps not the best choice for those with very young children and limestone if not sealed as needed can become prone to staining. Also, it can be particularly difficult and costly to repair a damaged stone tile.
Nothing quite beats the charm and grace of real wood. Somehow it can seem both traditional and modern, suiting any kitchen. There’s a huge range of options, it’s warm underfoot, sustainable and long lasting.
However, it can scratch, crack and warp. Wood flooring can also not be installed with underfloor heating in severely cold countries, which could be a major turn-off of the material if that’s something you are planning to have in your new kitchen.
Engineered wood-Engineered wood flooring is made of a composite material. Timber boards are stuck with a plywood base and hardwood veneer with strong adhesives.
This type of flooring comes in uniform sizes, so is easier and faster to install. But simply put, it’s just not the real thing. While it can look fantastic in its own way it’s not entirely convincing compared to real hardwood flooring.
Porcelain and ceramic tiles are the two most popular varieties commonly installed in kitchens. Both come in a wide range of styles and patterns so can suit just about any kitchen, whether you want a traditional white and black chessboard flooring or something more contemporary.
Porcelain tiles are a bit pricier than ceramic but are more long lasting. Both are hygienic, require next to no maintenance other than the occasional mop and easy to install.
The downside of going for tile is that it is cold underfoot and hard on the feet. Similar, to stone dropped plates, cups and glasses are unlikely to be left unbroken.
Concrete –Now, the idea of a polished concrete floor might just have you thinking about your local supermarket. But, polished concrete has become a super trendy flooring choice for chic modern kitchens. It’s relatively cheap, extremely hard wearing and can look absolutely stunning in the right environment. Perhaps the best thing with concrete is there’s no real maintenance to worry about, it actually gets tougher with age!
Its strength then is perhaps its only real weakness. It can be slippery so is not the best choice for those with young children and any dropped objects are likely to be damaged.
Choosing the perfect flooring for your new kitchen is really the icing on the cake that finishes the whole project off. However, it’s not always the easiest decision to make. It’s not just about aesthetics, you need to evaluate how robust your flooring needs to be — kitchen floors can be subject to muddy shoes, red wine spills and for the clumsier chefs out there occasionally being scorched by boiling pasta water. With the rundown given above, we ca stay rest assured that you’re well sorted, aren’t you? Happy homemaking!