Kitchen Floors

The kitchen floor is susceptible to a vigorous daily workout including high traffic, wear and tear, spills, scratches and sunlight. Consider the following materials for your kitchen floor: hardwood, bamboo, tiles, brick, cork, linoleum, vinyl and laminate composite flooring which have their own unique features and benefits.

The kitchen floor takes up the majority of the surface area of your kitchen, so it is important to do your research and find the floor that best matches your needs and budget. There are many different flooring options available today, and it may seem confusing at first. However, by learning a little about each flooring material you will be able to distinguish which floor is right for you. If you are renovating and replacing your kitchen, the floor can be decided last, but before the kitchen gets installed. Follow this guide for a brief description outlining the features and benefits of each material.

Hardwood

Hardwood floors make an excellent choice. Their beauty, versatility and variety of timbers make hardwood floors a striking choice for any kitchen design. They are durable, hardwearing and come in many different colours, stains and textures. Timber can be expensive, but is long-lasting if taken care of properly. It requires sealing and can be susceptible to water damage, but can be sanded back and given a facelift when needed.

Kitchen Floors- hardwood

Engineered Wood

Often referred to as floating timber floors, engineered wood is a composite of timber veneer over a plywood base. It is becoming popular as it looks like solid timber but is less expensive and easier to install. However, it does dent easily and can be damaged by spills. Take extra care with this material as it can only be refinished once.

engineered wood floor kitchen

Bamboo

Bamboo flooring is a relatively new material that is gaining popularity as it is considered environmentally friendly. Bamboo is harvested every seven years, and the roots remain intact, ready to produce more bamboo shoots once harvested. Bamboo is highly moisture-resistant. Make sure you choose a bamboo flooring company that is ethical and harvests their bamboo responsibly.

bamboo kitchen floor

Tiles

There are many different tiles available for your kitchen floor, ranging from ceramic to stone tiles such as travertine and marble. Many ceramic tiles can have stone-like qualities and require less maintenance. Choose a tile that is non-slip, and a grout that matches the tile. Large tiles are available that look seamless. Tiles are a versatile choice as they come in many different colours, textures and shape,s and can range in price dramatically, either making it an affordable or an expensive option.

kitchen tile floor

Cork

Cork is gaining popularity as it is a renewable resource and offers the same strength and durability as a hardwood floor. The added benefits are that it is highly acoustic, is allergy-free, and has a natural wax called suberin that is fire-resistant and repels insects. Cork is made from the bark of the cork oak tree. The cork is harvested every nine years without harm to the tree. Cork does require sealing on a regular basis and may not be as easy to keep clean as vinyl floors.

cork kitchen floor

Linoleum

Linoleum is a 100 percent natural product. It is made from renewable resources such as linseed oil, natural pigments, pine resin, cork and powdered wood. It is extremely durable: it is environmentally friendly, non-toxic and biodegradable. It is often confused with vinyl. However vinyl is made of petrochemicals and has colour on the uppermost layer. Linoleum is environmentally responsible and the colour runs through the entire thickness. It is easy to maintain and does not require refinishing or polishing. Although linoleum is available in many colours, it does not always look as luxurious as other materials such as natural stone and timber.

linoleum floor kitchen

Vinyl

Vinyl flooring is the most affordable option. It is easy to work with, quiet, soft and comes in a variety of colours and looks. It is available in large rolls or as stick-on tiles. The biggest disadvantage of vinyl is the seams which are often unavoidable in most rooms. The seams are weak and moisture can get in and lift the vinyl and mould and mildew can grow in-between the seams. However, for the price, it is still a decent option. It is water and stain-resistant and easy to keep clean.

vinyl kitchen floor

Concrete

Concrete provides and industrial and urban feel to your kitchen floor. Concrete is moisture resistant, easy to clean and maintain, and is allergy-free. If you are considering built-in floor heating, it is an ideal material. It is visually appealing but does not make for an easy installation. The colour choices are limited too, but if done correctly, concrete floors can be striking and will be a wow factor in your kitchen.

modern kitchen using concrete floors, timber veneer and polyurethane cabinets

Laminate

Laminate floors often look like real timber floors but are actually made from plastic, are durable, and easy to install. It can be installed over old floors and is good for damp areas.Many types of laminates click together, meaning no glue is needed and it can be self-installed. If damaged, laminate can’t be restored and will need to be replaced with spare boards set aside. Many people assume laminate flooring will be cheaper than solid hardwood floors, but that may not always be the case. Do your research wisely. Not the best choice if you are environmentally inclined.

laminate kitchen floor

With so many materials available for kitchen floors, it can be daunting to decide which floor will work best for you. Learning the pros and cons of each material will prove insightful and will help inform your decision. Kitchen floors visually impact your kitchen and can become the talking point and wow factor of your kitchen renovation.

 

12 Comments

  • Jane says:

    When it comes to kitchen flooring, nothing beats tiles in my opinion. As long as they are non slip, of course. But I must admit I am really drawn to the idea of using bamboo. I did not know about its use for kitchen flooring, and it looks amazing on the picture above! Thanks for the idea!

  • Jane says:

    I love wood, you know that, but when it comes to kitchens, I can’t help going for the easy option (in terms of how easy it is to clean, durability, price…). This is why I was making the comment about the bamboo floors… It looks so lovely, in a different way than wooden floors… but still, my heart says one thing, and my mind says another! I need to be practical though, so I think tiles it will be! 🙂

  • nadiah says:

    Tiles are a versatile option- so many colours and textures to choose from 🙂 Can’t wait to see the pics of your new flooring

  • Donna Young says:

    The kitchen flooring I have at home at the moment is a Laminate floor which I find durable and easy to clean. My husband and I changed away from having a timber floor because the timber was prone to water damage. I like the look of your Bamboo flooring which may be a good option when is time for a change.

  • Anne Piezesky says:

    I have always been a big fan of hardwood floors. Yes, they require more maintenance but as long as you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations (if provided) it’s not difficult to prevent damage.

    If there is a spill, don’t use a wet mop; this can definitely damage the wood. Wipe up the food or liquid immediately with a dry towel (or slightly damp if necessary).

    • nadiah says:

      Hi Anne, thanks for the tips, I am a huge hardwood fan myself and believe they can last a long time with a bit of care.

  • Amanda says:

    I love the look of hardwood, but since it is so difficult to care for I don’t think it would be a good fit for my kitchen. I love to cook, and don’t want to think about ruining my floor!

    • nadiah says:

      Hi Amanda
      Hardwood floors look do look great, maintenance isn’t too strenuous. However, if you feel you need a completely maintenance-free floor, I would go for linoleum or tiles 🙂

  • Tim says:

    I have always had tiles on all of my kitchen floors mainly because they are so easy to clean. However I really like the look of the bamboo floor. Is it as easy to clean as tiled floors?

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