Making sure you choose great kitchen flooring can have a significant effect on your kitchen. Some things to consider in kitchen flooring selection are:
- How hard wearing the floor needs to be – are you going to be barefoot, in slippers, or wearing hard shoes or heels?
- Is the floor going to be getting a lot of foot traffic?
- Do you have pets that could scratch the floor?
- Whats sorts of things might you accidentally spill on it?
- The frequency of accidental droppages.
Floating floors are easy to install, durable and come in a range of colours. Bamboo, timber veneer and vinyl will all work well in a kitchen. Beware of cheap veneer flooring as they will split and peel.
Linoleum is cheap, available in a variety of colours and effects and is easy to clean. It is still a common choice in kitchen flooring. It can damage easily if you frequently wear heavy solid shoes or drop heavy items.
Timber that has been sealed with a two-pack polyurethane provides a beautiful, hardwearing and easily cleanable finish for your kitchen floor.
Granite, Marble and Slate Flooring
As with benchtops, granite flooring can be quite porous and needs to be sealed, however it gives a unique look. Items dropped on stone floors rarely survive.
Concrete floors have a unique look, especially if polished and then coated. You can also “wash” the floor for all sorts of different finishes. Concrete floors are generally very hard wearing and easy to clean if they have been sealed properly.
Tiles are a common kitchen flooring solution. They come in a range of styles, finishes, effects and materials. Tiles are easy to clean, durable and easily matched to virtually any colour scheme.
Carpet is rarely a good choice for a kitchen considering you will be dropping food scraps on it, however if you absolutely must have carpet choose a stain resistant tight berber material.