When choosing kitchen flooring, practicality is always our first priority. After all, our kitchen floors see an awful lot of footfall, scrapes, and spills. But this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t love the way that our kitchen floor looks as well, and there are a number of flooring solutions that combine style with functionality. Our experts have a number of kitchen flooring ideas to suit your home and budget.
Stone flooring has been a mainstay in kitchens for centuries, thanks to its availability and durability. Popular options include limestone, slate, marble and porcelain
A well-serviced stone floor will last the lifetime of your kitchen. A brushed or softly worn stone tile will be more forgiving than a highly polished one but will be more difficult to keep clean. Natural stone floors need to be sealed with a high-quality sealant upon installation and then resealed at regular intervals. It’s also advisable to avoid prolonged exposure to anything acidic, so mop up wine and juice spills as quickly as possible!
Here we have both wooden and stone . Stone floors are a great choice for kitchens and kitchen-diners, provided they are treated to be resistant to spills and stains. Engineered wood flooring is crafted to endure the changing temperatures, moisture, and humidity of the kitchen, and good ventilation can prolong its life even further. The top layer is made of genuine hardwood, whereas the lower layers are made from plywood for strength and stability. For a more rustic look, you might wish to explore reclaimed flooring. No two pieces of wood will be the same, so expect character rather than perfection.
Laminate flooring has come along leaps and bounds in recent years, with some finishes being virtually indiscernible from engineered hardwood. Laminate is a budget-friendly option with a wide range of available finishes available, mimicking wood, tiles, and even concrete. It’s a very popular choice for smaller kitchens or those that don’t get as much through traffic. Laminate is not particularly water-resistant, so it’s important to choose one designed specifically for kitchens.
As well as being natural and sustainable, linoleum (or lino) works brilliantly in period homes where it may have been the original choice of flooring. Linoleum was created in the Victorian era, from a by-product of wood, ground limestone, cork, pigments, jute, and linseed oil. The resulting material is easy to clean and comes in a wide range of finishes. Linoleum isn’t as hard-wearing as some other kitchen flooring options and can be ripped by anything from high heels to a dog’s claws.
Vinyl flooring is engineered to endure the rigours of family life and to suit a wide range of budgets. You won’t need to worry about dropped pans, leaks and spills, as it’s resistant to all of these and more. Vinyl is warm underfoot as well as absorbing sound, reducing the echo in larger kitchens. It’s also softer than most other modern kitchen floorings, making it ideal for families. To get the best from your vinyl, the floor below needs to be smooth and flat. It may also need sealing to prevent the spread of moisture.
In view of current government guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, our Buckingham showroom is currently open, with social distancing and hygiene guidelines in place. However, we are able to operate a fully virtual service, wherever you are in your kitchen design journey. Give our team a call on 01280 822749 to start the ball rolling.