A kitchen is a place of conviviality, where all the family gathers. Choosing the best floor is strategic to create a warm and welcoming area, while at the same time keeping it practical and durable. In this post, we bring you some of the different possibilities that you could consider when choosing a surface for the kitchen.
A great option for any kitchen, given that it is treated to help improve its sustainability. Not only this, but there are plenty of options for you to choose from.
If you prefer the look of original wood for your kitchen, then you could be interested in two different finishes. The first one is lacquered solid wood. This type of wood is treated with lacquer, which makes is more durable and able to handle the risk of spillages, provided they are quickly cleaned. If not then like most floors, there is a risk of the liquid staining the wood. Of course, everything has its ups and downs; lacquered finished wood is also scratched easier than other finishes.
However, you shouldn’t be disheartened! You could always contemplate the second option; oil finished wood. Oiled wood flooring is less susceptible to scratching, however, stains that underfoot right away can leak into the wood. The only way to remove those stain then would be to sand and re-finish the surface which can be quite an expensive process.
Laminate is a fantastic alternative to solid wood. It is designed to look similar to some original and engineered wood floors and is available in many different styles. Other advantages of this flooring is that is very easy to install, and it is less vulnerable to scratchings and spillages. Laminate is one of the easiest floors to maintain and clean, making it a solid choice for any kitchen area given the mess that can be caused! Stains can be easily removed, however laminated flooring has a limited tolerance to water. This means that if too much water is left untreated it can penetrate the floor, and in turn cause the material to swell. If this does happen then you might have to replace some parts of the floor.
Vinyl flooring is probably one of the most recommended floors for the kitchen. This material is very easy to install and you can be fitted and ready to use in a measly 48 hours! Vinyl flooring is also very popular due to its friendliness in the pocket, this does not mean that the floor is by any means ‘cheap’. It’s just a more feasible option for those who are working towards a budget, especially given the fact that you can install the floor yourself as opposed to having to hire someone.
Vinyl flooring is highly durable and resistant to many things, as a result of this it can last up to 15 years. On top of this, it is also very easy to clean and hygienic – making it a perfect choice for any kitchen area! If any accidents do occur, a damp mop or cloth will suffice to clean it. This easy to clean nature makes vinyl one of the best choices where young children are involved because as we all know, they can make quite the mess!
Not only is vinyl a practical choice, it’s also really comfortable under foot which makes a refreshing change from most solid floors. In our minds, vinyl is the number one choice for any kitchen due to harboring many aesthetic and practical features!
Obviously, the choice isn’t ours to make, we just understand how difficult it can be to make a decision like this. Hopefully, our guide will help you come to an informed choice that is best for you and your home!