The kitchen tends to be the centre of activity in the home. It’s one of the first places you enter when you wake up to prepare that essential morning coffee and indulge in the first meal of the day. It’s also where you entertain guests and where the family gathers together. Therefore, when it comes to choosing kitchen flooring, you obviously want to ensure you’re making the best investment.
There are many things to consider when choosing kitchen flooring. Below you’ll discover some of the best tips and advice to help you make the right decision.
Flooring selection tips from Best at Flooring
When deciding on kitchen flooring, above all else, it has to be exceptionally durable. As it is one of the most-used rooms in the home, it’s vital the floor can withstand high levels of foot traffic. It’s not just general foot traffic wear and tear you need to be aware of either. The kitchen has the highest risk of spills, stains, dents and scratches. So durability and practicality need to be your main concerns.
The best kitchen flooring options
Before looking at the best type of kitchen flooring, let’s talk about the type you should never use – wood.
Wooden floors are extremely common in the modern home and it’s not hard to see why. They’re stylish, durable and give the most modern appearance. It’s also a tempting choice to use in the kitchen in more open plan environments where you want the floor to flow from one room to the next. However, it’s actually a really bad choice for the kitchen area, especially solid wooden flooring. This is because it’s more susceptible to dents and scratches and it also doesn’t handle moisture well.
So while a wooden floor may be tempting, it’s really not practical for use in the kitchen. So which floors are suitable?
Looking for a flooring option that is both beautiful and easy to care for? Look no further than Quick-Step’s Cascada range. Thanks to their Wood for Life technology, this flooring is resistant to spills and dirt, making it perfect for busy families or anyone who wants to spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying their home.
Their Uniclic Multifit click system makes installation a breeze, and their engineered wood construction is compatible with underfloor heating for added comfort. Best of all, it has the look and feel of real wood, providing a warm and inviting atmosphere in any space.
Cascada, the first 100% watertight wooden floor. Install a wooden floor effortlessly in every room of your home (yes, that includes the kitchen and bathroom). With Cascada, you’ll be able to enjoy a wooden floor that looks as good as new for the rest of your life.
Laminate is a solid choice for kitchen flooring, its realistic wood appearance is aesthetically appealing and perfect for those looking for a rustic style in their kitchen. Laminate is a durable option for your kitchen, it doesn’t discolour easily and is also much more scratch resistant than solid wood, it can still be scratched and chipped. You also want to make sure you opt for a water-resistant laminate like Quick Step, but you still need to be careful. Even with water resistance the flooring can still get damaged if water seeps through the spaces in between the planks. Overall, consideration must be taken before installing laminate flooring in your kitchen.
Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)
Durable, very water resistant and easy to clean and maintain, LVT is the most obvious choice when it comes to choosing your kitchen flooring. Plus, it looks so much like hardwood or tile, you can hardly tell the difference.
Transform your room with our innovative easy-to-fit range of luxury vinyl flooring. Palio Express by Karndean, brings the perfect balance of quality, style and convenience. It comes with the design credentials and trusted reputation of Karndean, with the additional reassurances of up to a 35-year guarantee. As well as being easy-to-fit, our designs are waterproof, durable and easy to care for because your floors deserve to look amazing and last for years to come.
The main downside of LVT is that because it’s made of plastic, means that it’s not the most environmentally friendly option.
Ultimately, the choice of kitchen flooring will be a highly personal one depending upon your individual preferences. After reading through this guide, you should now have a better understanding of all the types available to choose from and their best applications. No matter which type you select, proper maintenance is essential for longevity and for upholding its aesthetic appeal. Explore our wide range of kitchen flooring options to find your brand new floor!
These are 3 of the best options available when it comes to kitchen flooring. If you need any additional help choosing the right floor for your kitchen you can contact the Best at Flooring team now.