When doing a kitchen renovation the flooring gets overlooked when it’s concerning the units and extra appliances that you need in your kitchen. I wonder how your kitchen flooring can be overlooked when it’s arguably among the largest surface areas in your home, for this reason, it should be taken seriously.
So it’s good the flooring blends with the units, extra appliances, and the look when choosing your kitchen's floor. For instance, materials like matt porcelain and tough laminate will blend well with trendy schemes, while if you are going for a traditional design then warm wood and natural stone tiles suit the look. One of the preferred floorings is polished concrete, which gives it an elegant, industrial look
When choosing a flooring material for your kitchen, note that it would need to perform well on several levels (safety, ease of cleaning, durability) and look appealing. Generally, your option of kitchen flooring can add or subtract to its beauty. According to Robert Burnett - (Head of Design, at Ludlow) – when you're selecting materials a good place to start is the flooring.
If you use a wooden floor, then I suggest you avoid wooden kitchen panels. Also, note that most kitchen materials need to have a difference in color or/and material to achieve collision.
Your cooking zone can be enhanced with a variety of flooring materials, but before choosing, we would look at a few vital factors to consider.
What you must know about Kitchen Flooring
Your life has been made easy by gathering this actionable to-do list to do before picking any kitchen flooring.
You should think about the overall look
The choice of flooring for your kitchen needs to supplement the worktop and units. You can choose to go for one look that blends with your worktop or design a beautiful contrast.
For one look, proceed towards materials having the same finish (gloss or matt) and blend the colors so they match closely. To do this, you can pick a material that matches or used for both floors and worktops. For instance, you can use a walnut floor with anexotic brown composite worktop.
While for contrast, you would go for different finishes having the same color or vice versa. You can combine a light-toned matt worktop with dark matt flooring, you get the picture, right? Or you can even combine high and dark contrast, like matt slate with a polished grey granite worktop.
Whichever choice you make, make sure you pick one you won't get tired of easily, because kitchens are a long-term backing.
You should plan for its maintenance
Most flooring needs to be maintained with special products. You must check if the time to consistently maintain your kitchen floor would be available. If you won't then you could consider opting for a cinch-care material you can easily sweep, mop, rinse, and go about your business
That’s you can also try, mixing up materials. You can use softer material and light vinyl in your cooking zone, while tiles in your dining and living space.
Get a piece of the flooring material home
You should bring a sample from the showroom, so you can have a feel of how it would look at home. The lightning in the showroom can be different from the one in your kitchen. This is why you need to bring it home.
Also note that fastening the holescharges the color, so check for sealed samples before buying.
Know your budget
I guess this point is pretty obvious yeah? You have to budget properly to accommodate all installation costs, extra charges for fixatives, grouts, and underlays.
Plan before laying it down
If you plan on laying the underfloor heat system in your kitchen, take caution on what material you decide to lay on its surface. During the time that modern flooring supports underfloor heating – concrete and stone flooring can hold on to heat well – but some wooden floors tend to be heat sensitive.
Most times, flooring is best installed under the aegis of a professional. During installation, certain types of flooring should be installed with the kitchen design operation, while others are done afterward.
You should put a question to manufacturers or consult the user manual to avoid costly errors or nasty surprises.
What Tile is Best for Kitchen Flooring
Since the article is focusing on tiles, we would list the kitchen tile types, along with the pros and cons that come using this flooring type
Tile is one of the best flooring choices for the kitchen. It makes your kitchen look clean and elegant and it's also easy to maintain with a long life span. When choosing tile for your kitchen, there are different types from – porcelain, marble, quarry, ceramic - that comes to mind but we would be focusing on the types that are proven to be the best for kitchen flooring.
Modern technology can generate ceramic and porcelain tile surfaces which mock mood, concrete, and natural stone (travertine and marble). One added benefit you get using tiles is the versatility guarantees you would find a design that suits your kitchen floor concepts.
Porcelain tile is among the multifaceted floor types. They can be created to mock anything from wood to concrete. They are also care-free and tough with low absorption rate, so you won’t be bothered about cracks, stains or other environmental hazards that may occur whenever you’re cooking in the kitchen.
Ceramic tiles get created from natural materials. They arrive in distinct colors, textures, and shapes. They are less costly than porcelain tiles. You would need a thick grout line because they are created with fewer box corners and straight edges. This gives you a grid-like look.
Pros & Cons of Kitchen Tile Flooring
Porcelain tiles are stain-resistant than most of the ceramic tiles, so it's ideal kitchen tile. Tile flooring has a sturdy surface that's extremely durable, especially color-proof. (The color would run through the tile not just on the surface).
It can't sustain scratch marks easily and if it's glazed then its beauty can last for several years with little to no maintenance. Asides from your regular cleaning and vacuuming, tile floors require very little maintenance unless oil stains or other oil-based stains spills on it. It's also fade-proof, no detergent can tamper with the color, and most times what you need to clean the stains is a mop and water.
To top it all, it comes at an affordable price. You can get a standard porcelain tile at $4 per sqft. Or even less!
Tiles that are glazed can be easy to maintain but can be smooth and slippery especially when they get wet. This is common with older tiles as newer ones now are built to be slip-free. Although they can resist hefty foot traffic, they can easily get chipped or cracked of something heavy enough is dropped on them with force. To repair broken tiles is not easy for the regular homeowner.
Although quality tiles are affordable, other tiles like, marble and plank can be costly as much as wood and stone flooring.
If you have your grannies living with you or any member of your household having any form of foot or knee problem, they might struggle to stand on the hard surfaces of tile floors.
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Just be sure you check the factors involved in kitchen flooring before selecting anyone.
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