When it comes to kitchen flooring, it very much comes down to your own personal living situation and its frequency of use for when you decide on the right material to cover it. Indeed, certain types of flooring will grant you pure style, where as others offer fast cleaning qualities, durability or cost effectiveness.
Today, we're going to look at the main types of kitchen flooring and asses both the advantages and disadvantages of each of them; based on style,ease of maintenance and usage.
These days, laminate flooring options are in abundance. Choose from different styles and varieties of woods and finishes and look at a catalogue of options that vary from getting a lot of bang for your buck to more luxurious types. Laminate flooring is, in general, very easy to clean and, due to its often darker appearance, is also good at hiding everyday mess that falls on it. In addition, the flooring type is quite cost effective and is easy to lay yourself -although it can be tricky and time consuming. Be careful to make sure that all joins in the surfaces are correctly joined together when laying this flooring yourself -as water damage can ensue over time if it isn't properly joined. Also, laminate flooring is not able to injure much impact, meaning it will dent if hit hard with, for example, an object falling off a table or children playing on the surface.
This type of concrete flooring can be quite expensive to have put in but I'm sure you'll agree that the result is impressive. Easy to clean and wash and unlikely to sustain much damage over a long period of time, this is a flooring option that would be suitable for many house holds. One drawback is that, for children, the hard nature of the surface makes it a painful place to land on and, also, to play on.
A vinyl floor is not to everybody's taste, I'm sure, however, similar to concrete, the surface is very easy to clean and to identify dirt on. When clean (like above), it does give one quite a luxurious feel and the dull reflection of the light that hits it, even in the day, does not make a very intense glare -something that will work better with darker shades of vinyl. When it comes to price, the material isn't hugely expensive but you will have issues laying it yourself and, therefore, you will need to hire a fitter to do the job.
Of all flooring types, real wooden flooring in the kitchen is probably the most homely surface; traditionally. However this type of flooring doesn't really bode well this modern designs and architectural styles. Having said that, if you have a classic style or rustic kitchen, a real wood floor would, most likely, look great in your house. Depending on where your kitchen is located, in your house, there might even be floorboards, waiting to be transformed, lurking underneath your current flooring. If you don't already have it, this type of flooring can be expensive to install but it will offer you an opportunity to reorganise plumbing, electrical work and even install underfloor heating, should you wish to have it. A lot of wood finish varnishes will not give you a lot of protection to damage or impact, but there are some varieties that are very good and will endure some punishment -these types are generally referred to as diamond finished and take several days to apply.
Tile flooring has a host of advantages and disadvantages and, if you want it, it's up to you to decide if one out-weighs the other. Firstly, although they do break easily, tiles are easy to replace and cost little time to do so; comparatively. Secondly, tiles are quite easy to lay yourself and are very water tight. Thirdly, tiles can add a lot of character to your kitchen; just like this example above.
On the other hand, titles break easily -despite what is written above. The grouting, in-between the tiles, will never become clean again (provided you use a light shade like most people) after a few months of use; due to its grainy nature. Lastly, although the surface is easy to vacuum and mop, it will always harbour grease in the grout and even on the surface of the tiles themselves, to some extent. This means that the surface is never really that satisfactory in its cleanliness.
Expensive, uses grouting and is very time consuming and costly to repair, when broke, however a natural stone slab floor, like this one, looks great in most scenarios. Unlike most tiles, the surface is easy to get squeaky clean and shining! The flooring will be have to be installed by someone trained, which might cost a bit, but when they are there you could use the opportunity to install underfloor heating at the same time.
A kitchen and bathroom flooring type that isn't used very often any more, due to its sometimes cheep and nasty look. But this is a surface that shouldn't go forgotten. It's a very safe surface for children to play on and, although it does sustain damage easily, the material is in expensive and easy to lay yourself.
It's expensive but it looks great! Parquet flooring in the kitchen offers an extremely robust and resilient surface to both damage and staining and looks very nice whilst doing so. You will naturally have to fork out some dosh for both the purchase and installation of this flooring type, but the end result is worth it.