Laminate or lino? How will you floor your kitchen extension?

General, Home extension, Kitchens

When you’re planning a kitchen extension, it’s important to install flooring that suits your lifestyle. Do you need a floor that’s easy to clean or would you sacrifice stain resistance for style?Laminate or lino? How will you floor your kitchen extension?

Here’s our handy guide to the range of kitchen flooring on offer.

Porcelain Tiles

Laminate or lino? How will you floor your kitchen extension?Hardwearing, waterproof and stain resistant, these come in a variety of textures and styles. They don’t need sealing and you can clean them with anything.
The downside? They’re pricier than ceramic tiles, they feel cold without underfloor heating and you can’t repair them.

Ceramic tiles

Laminate or lino? How will you floor your kitchen extension?While these are stylish and easy to clean, they tend to crack easily. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to disguise any damage, because the tiles are only covered in a thin layer of colour. To prevent cracks, lay them on a solid flat floor and choose even tiles.
We’d also recommend installing underfloor heating to prevent frosty feet.

Natural stone

Laminate or lino? How will you floor your kitchen extension?Stone’s natural texture and variation makes it ideal for rustic kitchens, although you can create a contemporary feel by choosing stone with a matt surface.

While stone is fairly easy to care for, its irregular surface can trap dirt and it needs to be sealed. You’ll probably need underfloor heating too.

Solid wooden boards

Laminate or lino? How will you floor your kitchen extension?These are warm, sturdy and renewable. You can refresh them with stain or a sander and they’ll wipe clean with a damp cloth. However, because they move, you’ll need to factor in the cost of installing a subfloor. They’re also unsuitable for underfloor heating and can be noisy (although rugs help).

Engineered wooden boards

Laminate or lino? How will you floor your kitchen extension?Made from 2 lengths of wood veneer sandwiching a layer of birch ply, these are more stable than real wood and they’re compatible with underfloor heating.

Engineered wood is already sealed, so you can clean it with a mop. Although lacquered boards are more stain resistant, boards with a natural finish can be refreshed with a sander.

Lino

Laminate or lino? How will you floor your kitchen extension?Natural materials including cork, wood dust and resin make lino an eco-friendly flooring option. It comes in a huge range of colours and patterns, feels warm underfoot and cleans easily. The downside is that it’s tricky to lay and tears easily.

Laminate

Laminate or lino? How will you floor your kitchen extension?Good quality laminate boards feature a scratch proof “wear” layer. They’re stain and moisture resistant and don’t need to be sealed, although they do need an underlayer, so it’s worth buying laminate with this attached.

The durability of laminate and the fact that it can be repaired, makes it very cost effective.

Has our guide inspired you to choose your flooring? Let us know in the comments below!

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