Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Flooring
Getting new floors is always such a tough choice. There are about ten different materials that they can be made from, then an infinite number of colours and finishes. It's almost as if there are too many choices. Well, don't worry, because this guide will help to give you some information on the most common types of flooring. Hopefully by the end of it, you will be able to choose whether you want concrete, rubber, stone, tile, vinyl, laminate, bamboo, carpet tiles, cork, or wood.
Laminate flooring is one of the most affordable and practical kinds of flooring for a kitchen. A padded layer can be added underneath it to make it more soft and ergonomic. This will make it much more comfortable if you ever have to be on your feet cooking all day. The top layer of the floor is durable and difficult to damage, while the wide variety of styles and colours that it is available in make it an appealing choice for all homes.
It is best to purchase laminate flooring with the longest warranty possible, to ensure that you are getting good quality flooring or at least have the guarantee that any malfunctions will be taken care of by the manufacturer. Laminate flooring is easy to install and uninstall in homes, which makes it an even more practical solution.
Its simplicity and wide variety of styles are shown in the following laminate products:
This deep brown coloured laminate features an embossed finish that allows you to feel the grain of the timber pattern. It has micro bevel edging and a pattern that is never repeated on any plank. This makes it so that no one can tell that it is laminate instead of real timber.
This Formica Flooring features both the attractive looks of natural timber flooring combined with the durability and sustainability of laminate. It is a lighter coloured flooring that is resistant to scratching.
This Sunset Haze is another embossed finished laminate that has an embossed finish with the grain of the timber pattern. It shows how laminate can be both versatile in its colour and ultra realistic looking as a replacement for wooden flooring.
Of course, laminate isn't the only flooring solution, nor the best for all situations. It is just getting more and more popularity because of its versatility, durability, price and simplicity.
There are several great things about bamboo flooring, including that is one of the more sustainable flooring types, because of bamboo's rapid growth rate. Bamboo flooring has beautiful grains and the opportunity for long term warranties. The only negative aspect is that some bamboo flooring can dent.
One of the classic flooring styles, wooden floors are appreciated by everyone because of their durability and attractiveness. They have a high resale value and can easily by refinished, The negative aspects of wooden flooring are that they need maintenance, can be easily scratched and can also be loud.
Vinyl is an affordable flooring material that is water resistant and easy to install. Finishes can range from the very retro, to similar to wood. The problems associated with it are that it can easily be damaged, requires a flawless subfloor to be installed properly and it can also release harmful gases.
Popular styles of stone flooring include slate, travertine and marble. It is easy to clean, hard and durable. Stone floors are great for warmer climates because they are naturally cool. The negative aspects of stone are that they require regular sealing, some stones may stain and others may chip.
Cork has many benefits, including that it is antimicrobial, soft, sustainable and can come in attractive texture options. Quality corks are durable and can be sanded and refinished in the same way that wood can. They are also one of the easier flooring types to install. The negatives of cork are that it can dent and scratch easily.
Like cork, rubber floors are recyclable, soft and durable. Rubber floors are also water and fire resistant, as well as being easy to clean. They come in recycled options, which are less expensive than other forms of rubber. One of the negatives is that oils can stain the surface.
Tiles are moisture resistant, easy to clean, durable and available in a large variety of options. They can be appealing to look at, which is another reason why they are so common in kitchens. Negative aspects of tiles are that the grout lines can be difficult to clean and dishes will shatter if they are dropped on top of them. Tiles can be installed yourself, but it might be easier to get a professional in to do the job. This will ensure that it is done right and that you don't have anything to worry about.
As you can see, the range of available floor coverings is extensive and complex. Hopefully these key points have helped you to see some of the positives and negatives of each potential flooring choice. Not one of them is perfect, while the best and most highly regarded flooring types tend to only be available at higher price points. If you are considering putting some new flooring in your kitchen, it is probably best to come up with your budget first, then narrow down which flooring types are most suitable for your situation and desires.