What Is the Best Floor For A Kitchen?
Whether you're a top chef, an amateur cook, a great baker or simply one who regularly visits the fridge, the kitchen is among the most used and most important rooms in the house. And that means the floor you use in the kitchen needs to be durable, easily cleaned and unlikely to stain during the inevitable spills and food drops. Once you've got those boxes ticked, that floor will be the reliable red carpet that carries you from fridge to kettle and deliver the very best cuisine to your dining table.
When choosing the ideal floor for your kitchen, you must be aware of the amount of traffic that it'll see over the years from the legions of feet, socks, slippers and shoes. Beyond the traffic will be the waterfalls of drinks, splatters and the occasional broken glass.
Solid Hardwood in the Kitchen
Solid hardwood flooring is king among floors. It is the most beautiful to behold, and in a long room it provides a regality that is the envy of floors across the world. If you want the feeling of cooking in a palace fit for a monarch, the solid hardwood flooring is definitely the way to go. It adds warmth to the room, value to the home and when it is properly cared for, it lasts a lifetime.
However, you must be aware that spills are the bane of wood flooring. Water damage will cause wooden planks to warp, swell and discolour. These risks can be limited to a point by using a mat by the sink and maintaining the pricey upkeep. However, moisture is inevitable in the kitchen, and in all likelihood, your floorboards will eventually creak.
Vinyl in the Kitchen
Vinyl flooring in the kitchen is the the physical manifestation of flooring peace of mind. Vinyl is low maintenance like nothing you've seen before - you can spill anything on it, literally anything, and your floor will suffer no damage. It is comfortable to walk on and padded for extra comfort and insulation and to quieten the sound of food falling.
Vinyl is also among the safest floor solutions as today it is layered with anti-slip material to guarantee you won't slip in a room that is full of sharp knives and hot food.
A downside is that when the vinyl suffers a cut from a falling knife, any repair will be quite visible. If your kitchen gets plenty of sunlight, then vinyl will discolour over time, luckily with it being the cheapest flooring, it's easy to replace the entire floor.
Laminate flooring in the Kitchen
If you are looking for the durability of vinyl and the good looks of something that resembles wood, then laminate flooring in for you. Laminating the kitchen is a stylish option which combines hard-wearing with relatively low maintenance. Laminate is resistant to a host of nasties that are common in the kitchen such as mould and bacteria that spread after spills, but for a low cost you can protect your laminate with an acti-bacterial coating. It won't fade in the sun like vinyl does, and as it isn't fixed to the subfloor and the planks slot together, your floor will move and expand naturally which prevents snapping.
As with any flooring, there are downsides. Laminate flooring cannot be refinished which means scratches will remain visible, and the best repair is replacement.
Engineered Wood in the Kitchen
Engineered wood is the incredible solution for those looking for the stunning appearance of solid hard wood combined with the low maintenance of laminate. It's uncanny resemblance to solid wood means you can still show off to your friends - but it's cheaper!
Damage by water is still an issue, but given how this floor slots together, it's easily replaceable.
Carpet in the kitchen is a bad idea. Don't even consider it. The food and water will eventually build up beneath the fibres and fester into a bacteria civilisation threatening to damage your lungs and appetite.
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