Practicality is often what comes to mind when thinking about the right flooring for a kitchen. Perhaps the only other room that needs as much consideration is when looking for bathroom flooring. Unlike other rooms in the house, the kitchen has to blend functionality with looks, and flooring is a key part of that.
The main priority for a kitchen floor is that it can handle moisture from spills and is easy to clean. But there are other things to consider when finding the right kind of flooring for your kitchen. Is it a busy kitchen? Does the kitchen have a combined dining area or lounge? Is laminate or vinyl flooring better for kitchens? Should you choose tiling or panels? These factors of course depend on taste and budget, but practicality also plays a major part.
So, what are the best types of flooring out there? Let’s take a look at the most common types of flooring for kitchens:
If you have an open plan kitchen and lounge, or an open dining room, you can have separated sections of flooring types, which is particularly advisable if you have carpeting. However, for a more cohesive look, laminate mimics the look of wood, as does some luxury vinyl. This means you can have an attractive, overall wood look throughout the room.
For kitchens that have a lot of traffic, it makes sense to think about durability. Most flooring doesn’t just ‘wear out’ from being walked on, at least not for many years. It’s still worth taking into consideration what will be a long lasting flooring type. Wood and stone will be with you for many years – stone in particular can last generations! But in this case, ‘busy’ can also mean ‘messy’. Take this into consideration when thinking about maintenance and keeping floors clean.
Most flooring designed for kitchens will be easy to clean, but there are things to look out for. Vinyl flooring is perhaps one of the best choices for keeping clean, as it’s extremely waterproof for thorough washing. Tiling is also washable but, watch out for dirt sticking to grouting between the tiles. Laminate and composite flooring also wipe clean. However, always check with manufacturer’s instructions on the use of chemicals and detergents - there might be a risk of damage to surfaces with harsher cleaning products.
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