When planning a new kitchen design there are many types of flooring options to consider, making it difficult to choose the best one for you. Whatever you end up selecting, it should be stylish, durable and easy to maintain. So here are a selection of the most popular types of kitchen flooring for your consideration.
Solid wood floors, like bamboo, are a popular choice for kitchens as they introduce warmth and natural character. As bamboo is a renewable material it makes it a great eco-friendly choice, and its manufacturing process makes it more resistant to moisture and water damage. The drawback however is that it can be much more expensive than hardwood flooring, is susceptible to scratches and is harder to refinish.
Hardwood floors have a desired reputation for being durable, but have always been susceptible to problems with moisture and stains. Typically considered a poor choice for areas where moisture is an issue, like bathrooms and kitchens, hardwood is experiencing a surge in popularity in kitchens thanks to modern sealers and polyurethane finishes that allow it to remain much more durable and long lasting. With a variety of colours and shades to suit your aesthetic, hardwood offers many advantages, though this material will naturally degrade over time due to inevitable spills and stains, but luckily it can be sanded down and refinished every once in a while to keep it looking fresh.
Vinyl is considered one of the easiest and most versatile materials for kitchen flooring, as it’s durable, easy to clean and water resistant. Available in numerous styles and able to recreate textures and patterns of other materials like stone or wood, it’s wipe-clean non-slip surface makes it a particularly popular choice for people with young children or pets. Since vinyl is a reasonably priced synthetic material, it has carried a reputation of being a ‘bargain’ option for kitchen flooring, but modern versions known as LVF (luxury vinyl flooring) are gaining popularity with styles that can mimic wood and stone in a remarkably convincing way.
Like vinyl, laminate flooring is an affordable synthetic material, resistant to stains and scratches, and easy to clean. It offers the widest choice of styles, often mimicking wood or ceramic, and is easy to install.
Tiled floors are very popular thanks to their solid durability and luxuriously elegant-looking finish. There are many different types of tile, like stone and ceramic, each with their own array of colours and styles to choose from. Naturally these materials are cold and hard, problems that might be able to be fixed with under-floor heating and soft rugs. They are typically more expensive than wood or synthetic flooring, and grout lines can get dirty very easily requiring much more maintenance.
A very popular choice for kitchens over 50 years ago, linoleum flooring has been making a comeback in recent years. Unlike vinyl, it’s made from natural materials making it environmentally friendly as well as easy to clean and maintain. It can however get discoloured and dented over time, and is susceptible to damage if immersed in water, like in the event of a flood for example.