Your Guide to Choosing Kitchen Flooring
Flooring has a big impact on your overall kitchen design. You want to choose something that is practical and matches your home style. In this guide, we discuss the qualities of each material to help you choose the right flooring for your kitchen.
Wood is one of the most popular flooring materials—and for good reason. It looks high-quality and is high-quality. It can withstand heavy usage and last for a long time, making it great for family homes, rentals and many other applications.
Your choice of wood will make your kitchen look unique. It also matches kitchen joinery and cabinetry. Get your wood flooring polished with a layer of finish to protect against moisture and warping.
When it comes to natural materials for flooring, bamboo is one of the strongest. In fact, it’s even stronger than most hardwoods. Bamboo flooring is durable, and compared to some other materials like concrete and tile, it’s ergonomic, making it comfortable to walk on. Bamboo also has a beautiful textured look.
Another benefit to bamboo is that it’s fast to grow, which makes it an eco-friendly, sustainable product. If you want to do your bit for the earth while enjoying quality flooring, go with bamboo.
Tile is an effortless flooring solution if you want something that’s easy to clean and maintain. It’s highly durable, so it’s a good floor to have in a family home or a rental.
Because it comes in a huge range of styles and colours, tile is highly versatile. You can even get tile which mimics other flooring materials like wood, and you can now get tiles in interesting rectangular shapes.
Concrete is contemporary and stylish. Being one of the most heavy-duty flooring materials, it’s perfect in homes that get a lot of foot traffic in the kitchen. It can withstand just about anything the kids will throw at it, and remain easy to clean.
For a sleek and shiny look, go for polished, waxed or stained concrete. If you want to create interest, get freshly poured concrete stencilled or stamped.
Laminate is a synthetic flooring material that mimics the look of wood. It’s cheaper, simpler to install and softer underfoot than wood. Some laminates come with a foam layer underneath which makes them even more ergonomic. Laminate is available in an infinite number of styles and colours.
In the right kitchen, cork can look beautiful. It has an attractive texture and feels softer to walk on than most other materials.
While less durable than other materials, cork has its benefits. It’s a natural insulator against temperature and sound, making it perfect for apartments. Cork is also a natural antimicrobial which repels insects and pests.
If you love the qualities of cork flooring but are looking for a wider range of colours and styles, then rubber might be for you. Rubber flooring is comfortable to walk on, long-lasting, and has non-slip properties.
Get your rubber flooring in sheeting or tiles. Because it’s easy to install, it’s perfect for homes that need a quick kitchen renovation before sale. Rubber doesn’t require toxic adhesive because it has natural grip.
Want to create an earthy look? Go with stone flooring such as slate, marble or travertine. Choose from a huge variety of styles, colours and textures. Because stone flooring is quite cool, it works well in warmer climates. If you have the budget, get underfoot heating to warm up the room, or simply style with rugs or mats.
Vinyl is the perfect flooring option if you’re on a budget. It can mimic the appearance of other flooring materials like wood and tile. It’s also water-resistant, making it ideal for use in the kitchen and bathroom.
You’ve got flooring sorted. But do you have a fresh kitchen to match? Talk to the award-winning team at Apollo Kitchens about updating your space today!