It can be tricky choosing a material to use for your kitchen floor. It’s such an important room, it needs to look great, but there are also practical considerations to take into account. With so many kitchen flooring options available, how do you decide what will work best in your home?
Vinyl has come a long way in the last few years, and with such a wide range of luxury vinyl tiles now available, it can work in any home. The Amtico and Karndean range gives you the chance to flex your creative muscles and try out different designs and patterns in your kitchen. Luxury vinyl flooring has all the aesthetic properties of natural materials, such as stone, but with the added benefits of being incredibly hard wearing, durable and easy to care for. It is also warmer than stone and easier on your feet due to the cushioned feel. Not to mention the fact that it is a little more forgiving when you drop your favourite mug!
Laminate is a versatile and affordable kitchen flooring option as it comes in a range of finishes, so can fit in with any design scheme. It is hard wearing and easy to maintain, although it is worth going for good quality boards that will stand up to wear and tear.
Porcelain tiles are a hardwearing option, needing little maintenance and can be made in a variety of finishes. Ceramic tiles are generally made from clay with a glaze on top and, although they do tend to be cheaper, they’re not as durable as porcelain. Also, if they do get chipped it’ll be more obvious as the white base will show through. Both types of tiles can be cold (unless you have underfloor heating) and your best mug is definitely not going to survive if you drop it!
Natural stone has long been a popular kitchen flooring option, and it’s easy to see why. It certainly has the wow factor if you’re looking to make a statement with your kitchen design, but it doesn’t come cheap. It is incredibly durable and long lasting, although it can be cold without underfloor heating. Also, as stone is a natural product there will be variation across slabs, so it won’t suit all kitchens.
Like stone, wood is a natural product that comes in a variety of finishes. Solid wood floors can look amazing, but they can move and warp with humidity. On the other hand, Engineered wood, while lacking the character of real wood won’t move. Likewise, parquet is a great kitchen flooring option if you want the look of wood, but with more stability and less maintenance.
At Brookside Carpets, we have a range of flooring options for kitchens. Just ask one of our helpful team members to talk you through the choices.