Although there are no set rules when it comes to choosing kitchen flooring, it is an element that requires careful consideration, because the kitchen is the busiest room in your home with a high volume of traffic. The most important factors to think about are; budget, style of kitchen, durability and ease of cleaning. If you have young children and/or pets then hardy, fuss-free flooring is likely to be high up on your priority list as the daily commute of muddy wellies and dirty paws will certainly mean your floor has its work cut out.
There are many different types of flooring available but porcelain or ceramic tiles, natural stone, hardwood and laminate are just a few you might want to research.
Porcelain or Ceramic tiles
This would probably be the most durable choice, they are also waterproof, scratch resistant and easy to clean with the added benefit of being stain resistant. There are a vast range of different tiles to suit every kitchen style and budget. It is recommended you add a good sealant to the grout lines to prevent them from getting clogged up with dirt, you could also choose narrower grout lines or a darker colour to help avoid this problem.
Natural stone looks stunning, drawing nature into your kitchen in its various tones and textures. Slate, marble, granite, sandstone and limestone are hard wearing and, if fitted correctly, will last a long time. Stone is a porous material so it is recommended that you have your stone floor sealed to protect it from moisture.
Stone is extremely easy to clean and its versatility means it will enhance many kitchen styles including; rustic, shaker, farmhouse and contemporary.
Wooden flooring is a popular choice, it can add an earthy feel to your rustic kitchen or provide warmth and texture in a sleek modern scheme. It feels warmer underfoot than stone but be warned, it’s harder to maintain. Easy to dent and scratch, use either textured wood to create a more rustic look whilst hiding unsightly marks or a tougher hardwood, such as oak or ash rather than a softwood like pine.
Pre-finished engineered hardwood will last longer, is more water resistant and because the floor boards sit right up against each other, there are no crumb collecting gaps. Engineered hardwood can also be laid unfinished then treated in situ. It is recommended you speak to your flooring supplier about which cleaning products are best to maintain your wooden floor.
If you are on a budget, laminate is relatively inexpensive to install and replace. There are many good quality laminate floors available now and more variety, making it easy to find one that will compliment your kitchen style. Although it is not as durable as stone or hardwood, if you choose the best quality you can afford it will last well. It is a good choice for a contemporary kitchen where you may wish to update your flooring more regularly and it only needs a damp cloth or mop to keep it clean.
Considering underfloor heating? This will add a gentle warmth and cosy feel to your kitchen making it a relaxing living area. It is always best to discuss your ideas and requirements with your flooring supplier before you make your final decision.
Once you have decided which flooring type is best for you it is worth having it fitted by a professional to ensure you get the finish and longevity you require.
If you are in the process of redesigning your kitchen why not take a look at Black Rok’s recent projects for some great inspiration.