The kitchen is typically one of the busiest places in any house, the centrepiece room were family and friends can come together before, during and after meal times. With so much foot traffic passing though on a daily basis you need a flooring system that can withstand the stress and strains placed upon it.
Below we have listed the best flooring choices for your kitchen, which will help you decide on the material and style best suited to your home.
A combination of aesthetic appeal and cost effectiveness makes laminate flooring a popular choice for many kitchens. It gives the appearance of real wood without costing anywhere near as much and can be easily laid into place. Laminate flooring is also extremely low maintenance which is ideal for the kitchen, making it easy to clean away stains and marks off the floor.
There are a huge range of options available which is why so many homeowners choose this option, giving them greater flexibility on the colour schemes they can use. Laminate flooring is also extremely durable and by checking the AC rating on the packaging (which runs from AC1 to AC5) this will give you a clear indication of how tough it is.
Luxury Vinyl flooring
Similar to laminate, luxury vinyl flooring is a robust option that stands up well to wear and tear. This is music to the ears of homeowners with pets or children as it means their investment won’t need replacing in a short space of time.
Luxury vinyl flooring is known for its water resistance properties which means any mess can be cleaned up and in the majority of cases leave no mark at all. It can also be purchased in a number of different styles and shades which allows it to fit into nearly any design scheme.
This eco-friendly option is becoming ever more popular as it is a sustainable material made from tree bark. It contains suberin, a natural substance that helps prevent mould and rot developing and its insulation properties also help to reduce heating bills during the winter.
In terms of appearance it looks like real wood and as such colour options can be limited. Cork flooring is naturally fire resistant which makes it a very safe choice, although it does need to be re-sealed every 5 years to maintain water resistance.
Solid Wood flooring
This is the perfect choice for homeowners who want a truly natural material to create a traditional looking kitchen. While there are options that can mimic its appearance, the authenticity of real wood is hard to beat. This is also seen in the price which is more expensive than most other options.
Buyers can select from a selection of wood species and shades to suit and it is also one of the most durable materials around. If well maintained well enough, solid wood flooring will last for years to come.
Porcelain tile flooring
Porcelain tiles are fired at high temperatures to produce a tough and stain-resistant product with high levels of water resistance. There is an almost endless selection of colours available, in particular glazed tiles which often resemble real stone, all without breaking the bank.
Unglazed tiles resemble clay to offer a more natural, earthy look which work well in traditional-style kitchens. Both options are very low maintenance and will last a very long time in the vast majority of cases.