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