22 June 2021
Prior to deciding what kitchen flooring is best - which to some extent is subjective and dependent on your chosen kitchen design, preferred style and functional requirements - it’s important to understand all your kitchen flooring options so you can make an informed decision.
When it comes to kitchen flooring, your main options include:
> Tiled Kitchen Flooring
> Hardwood Kitchen Flooring
> Stone Kitchen Flooring
> Laminate Kitchen Flooring
> Vinyl Kitchen Flooring
Within each option there’s then an array of choice with regards to colour scheme, material, and pattern, not to mention varying degrees of features and benefits with regards to durability, cost, and style compatibility.
Weighing aesthetics against practicality and being open and honest about how you plan to use the space, who will use the space and other factors such as whether there are any pets in the home should all be topics of discussion when deciding what kitchen floor is best.
Opting for a tiled kitchen floor offers a sleek and stylish look, complimenting both linear kitchens and contemporary kitchen designs, as it is highly durable and relatively maintenance-free, with the added benefit of being easy to clean and stain-resistant.
The most popular tiles for kitchen floors include porcelain, ceramic and stone floor tiles.
The type of kitchen floor tile you choose will depend on how the space is used, the amount of traffic it receives and how much you want to spend.
When weighing up the pros and cons of what tile is best for the kitchen floor, porcelain tiles take the edge as they are the easiest to clean, highly water-resistant and best value for money when considering general wear and tear against longevity.
Adding character and lending itself perfectly to traditional kitchens and classic kitchen designs, wood flooring offers a durable, warm, and rustic look and feel.
With several options available, the best wood flooring for a kitchen, in our opinion, is hardwood kitchen flooring. Whether oak, maple or cherry hardwood kitchen flooring, it is the most durable as it can withstand changes in temperature, humidity, and moisture.
Bringing an element of elegance, beauty and style to your kitchen design, stone kitchen flooring is the most expensive kitchen flooring option, not only to buy but also install, as it is labour intensive and requires a certain skill set and additional time to lay.
Whether you opt for marble, limestone or flagstone, stone kitchen flooring is well suited for use with underfloor heating and couples well with classic kitchens as it compliments a timeless finish.
Laminate kitchen flooring is a good option when you are wanting to emulate another kitchen flooring style, especially a wood effect. Although durable, it’s not the easiest to maintain as it does require an element of TLC if you want to prolong its life span. That said, it is a cost-effective option, relatively easy to install and clean – just be careful to not use too much water or chemicals as this can cause irreparable damage.
Vinyl kitchen flooring is the cheapest of all kitchen flooring options, and arguably the best value for money. However, it’s not the most durable – depending on the amount of traffic your kitchen will receive you may want to explore other flooring options. Nevertheless, laminate kitchen flooring is easy to clean and water-resistant.
With an endless choice of styles, patterns, designs, and textures, whatever your chosen kitchen design there will be vinyl kitchen flooring options to compliment your preferred style.
To summarise, when deciding what type of flooring is best for the kitchen, we urge you to consider vinyl kitchen flooring and porcelain tiled kitchen flooring.
Both offering a highly durable and maintenance-free finish that is easy to clean and water-resistant, the deciding factor on which to choose will typically come down to cost.
Although, depending on what’s spilt, porcelain tiles are stain-resistant (unlike most vinyl), they are significantly higher in cost – both to purchase and install.
With that said, if you are working to a budget then vinyl kitchen flooring is best. However if you’re wanting to push the boat out and install something ‘special’, then we recommend porcelain kitchen floor tiles. Ultimately, you cannot really go wrong with either option!
Offering a full kitchen design and fitted kitchen service we’ll be able to help and advise on all your kitchen flooring wants and needs as part of a wider kitchen renovation project. With kitchen showrooms in Leeds, Harrogate and Mirfield if you are ready to make your kitchen the heart of your home book a design appointment online today or call a friendly member of our team on 0113 201 5030.