Known for being a gathering place, the kitchen has often been named the heart of the home. From foot traffic to cooking spills, your flooring will have to withstand constant wear while still looking good. Whether your kitchen is the busiest room in the house or is used minimally, the flooring decision is an important one. With a balance of lifestyle, function and budget there are many great options for you to choose from.
Hardwood flooring is a timeless choice that suits any design while adding warmth to your kitchen. Modern, traditional, industrial, and eclectic all work well with different hardwood choices. Once thought to be unsuitable for kitchens, hardwood flooring has evolved with durable, long-lasting finishes and general wear and tear adds to the natural look, creating a worn in feel. That being said, engineered and solid hardwood are not a waterproof material and any liquid should be wiped up as soon as possible to avoid damage.
Not only are hardwoods thought to be better for reducing leg fatigue, they are easy to clean.
In addition, wood floors can also add a range of looks over time by refinishing, whether to match existing flooring or to give the kitchen some stand-alone pizazz that can increase the value of your home.
This European trend that is gaining traction in the United States is a juxtaposition of both classic and modern. Our Herringbone Collection, which includes larger planks that designers use to make a statement in their homes, is one example. Not normally used for a kitchen, herringbone would be a stunning masterpiece. As with any natural wood floor, daily maintenance would be required and general wear would add to the look.
Bamboo flooring, which is both environmentally friendly and exceptionally hardwearing, is a great alternative to synthetic and chemical-laden kitchen flooring options. Bamboo is an impressively strong material, making it an excellent choice for kitchen flooring because it can endure the daily use that a kitchen floor is subjected to. Maintenance is straightforward and simple, easy to clean. Pricing for bamboo tends to vary, depending on the manufacturing process. For resale, keep in mind, bamboo flooring usually is not able to be refinished.
Luxury Vinyl Plank or LVP
Contemplating wood but don’t want the extra maintenance? LVP is a smart choice, especially if a wood-look is what you have in mind. New technology and ways of manufacturing have come a long way in regards to luxury vinyl’s appearance and function. Depending on the brand, it may be hard to distinguish if the planks are actually made of vinyl, they look and have the texture of wood. Our Brecon collection offers 8 different plank patterns to mimic the look of real wood.
Not only is LVP long-lasting, waterproof, stain-resistant, and quick to clean, it is an easy floor to install. For budget-conscious DIY-ers, some LVP even comes with a built-in underlayment and can be installed directly over a level sub-floor or existing flooring.
Our ground-breaking new Lynton range combines the beauty of mature European oak with the impressive stability of our unique Stratex technology. With a real wood top layer and built-in underlay, this innovative range offers the beauty of real wood top layer with the practicality of incredibly strong and stable, dent-resistant boards.
All our Lynton floors are robust and stable with minimal reaction to moisture and temperature, making them suitable for even the most demanding rooms in the home including hallways and over underfloor heating.
Tile/Natural Stone Flooring
Ceramic tile is a commonly used kitchen material because of it’s imperviousness to water and staining. It does, however, have its pros and cons. Tile is very durable, easy to clean, comes in virtually any color and looks great. Unfortunately, it can look and feel cold, is hard to the touch and can be loud. Installing radiant heat and having area rugs to diffuse the chill may make the difference.
Natural stone, such as marble can last for years. However, natural stone is not waterproof and will need regular maintenance to prevent staining. It is a beautiful statement to any space, adding resale value even though it requires upkeep.
If you get quality installation, tile and stone can last up to 20 years or even longer if they are cared for properly. Tiles or stone can be mixed and matched to create patterns, or they can be accented with custom designs or motifs.
Concrete is an inexpensive industrial-look flooring option that requires virtually no maintenance. Although concrete is a very porous material, it can be sealed. Staining and polishing are other options with concrete. Like tile, it is cold and hard to the touch so in-floor heating is always a good match. Although modern and relatively common, concrete is not for everyone and can be a drawback for resale.
As you can see, there are multiple choices to consider. The process can be overwhelming, however. It can also be fun! Keep in mind your lifestyle, budget, interior style, and needs when narrowing down your options. If you are unsure and need help with any of the products we offer, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to hear from you and are happy to help.