A kitchen floor needs to work hard so choosing the right kitchen type of kitchen flooring is very important. At a minimum it needs to be non-slip and stain resistant.
Not so long ago, choosing the type of kitchen you want was as simple as deciding between tile and linoleum. While both of these traditional kitchen flooring favourites continue to have their fans, there are now more kitchen flooring choices than ever before. Some kitchen flooring is far easier to maintain than others, so before you settle on one of the “classics” be sure to consider your options:
Typical types of kitchen flooring
|Slate||Slate is a contemporary choice of kitchen flooring that looks nice and natural. Its low-porosity makes it ideal for a kitchen floor and it has a great earthy finish|
|While concrete is usually thought of as a practical outdoor surface, new decorative treatments are bringing concrete indoors. A concrete kitchen floor can look very slick when polished, plus it can withstand all manner of knocks and spillages. Or you could opt for a less messy alternative and buy polished concrete tiles|
||Naturally waterproof and once sealed will be stain-resistant. You may be wary of applying it to large areas, but it’s ideal for a small kitchen and is eco-friendly – Greenpeace and the Forest Stewardship Council approve. Cork and bamboo flooring is made from tree-like tropical grasses. Bamboo resists warping better than other types of wood floors and is surprisingly firm.|
|Porcelain||Like limestone, porcelain is not the cheapest flooring choice but the finish will look and feel as smooth as silk.|
|Limestone||Limestone floors have been a popular choice for kitchens for some time now due to their sleek, sophisticated finish. As with all stone floors, delicate objects will break easily on limestone, but quality limestone will be hard-wearing, low-maintenance and attractive.|
|Stone||With natural stone flooring every tile is unique and fossil veins and tonal variations mark its authenticity. So just think about the colour to determine if it suits the area. It may be tiring to stand on for long periods of time so consider Under Tile Heating.|
|Wooden||Unlike other materials, as it ages the flooring will improve. Also it’s both renewable and recyclable. It will expand and contract, so can’t be used for underfloor heating or in wet areas.|
|Rubber||Homeowners are starting to discover one flooring option that busy professional chefs have appreciated for years: rubber. Today’s manufactured rubber flooring is environmentally friendly, often made from recycled tires! It offers a dazzling array of colour choices, including custom colours. These floors are durable, easy to clean and can really withstand a kitchen’s high-volume traffic. Best of all for homeowners who spend a lot of time cooking, a rubber floor’s natural ‘give” is exceptionally easy on the feet and back.|
|Ceramic||Ceramic tile is the most wear-resistant and when paired with darker grout, it tends to be more forgiving of spills.|
Choosing which type of kitchen flooring you need, will ultimately depend on the size of your budget, your floor space and the material you prefer. Let us know your thoughts on kitchen flooring you’d recommend, or any tips on kitchen floors you’d like to share.