Choosing Kitchen Flooring
A lot of our customers include under floor heating in their new kitchen designs, especially in large open-plan schemes. There are many benefits ? you get consistent warmth underfoot with no cold spots, it can be economical to run and you won?t take up valuable wall space with radiators, which leaves more room for cabinets if required. You can use under floor heating with tiles, laminate, wood and stone though wood won?t conduct heat as well as stone.
SOLID WOOD FLOORING FOR YOUR KITCHEN
Hardwood flooring should ideally be supplied and fitted by a member of the British Wood Flooring Association for best results. Natural wood will contract and expand with changes in the room?s humidity, so a professional is needed. Popular options include oak and walnut and to avoid stains, go for a lacquered finish rather than oiled. Try The Natural Wood Floor Company or Junckers.
ENGINEERED WOOD FLOORS
This has a similar look to solid timber but as it?s made from layers of high-density fibreboard with a hardwood top, it?s a more stable solution and as such, will cost more. Use a specialist wood underlay and again, a lacquered finish. Current trends include oak, ash and walnut. Suppliers include K?hrs and UK Flooring Direct.
LAMINATE FLOORING IN THE KITCHEN
A highly hardwearing alternative is laminate, which is easy to clean, stain resistant and comes in a wider range of styles and prices. As well as wood effects, you can also choose from marble-style designs, stone looks and patterned prints. To help absorb sound, ask for an acoustic underlay. Try Quick-Step and Pergo for quality designs.
NATURAL STONE FLOORS FOR YOUR KITCHEN
There are so many stone tiles around, it can be difficult to know where to start. The general rule is to use large format tiles to make a small room appear bigger, and a pale or light coloured stone to increase the feeling of space. In a larger scheme, anything goes, from vintage Victorian tiles to rich black slate. Many of our customers choose limestone or marble flooring but you can also choose travertine or slate. All natural stone will need to be sealed during the fixing process to prevent staining so check whether the tiles are sold pre-sealed or whether your installer needs to do this. Fired Earth, Stone Age, Original Style and Tile Mountain are all good suppliers.
PORCELAIN & CERAMIC
A popular alternative to stone, these tiles are extremely durable and come in a huge range of styles, sizes, finishes and textures. Porcelain tends to be more expensive than ceramic but it will be more resistant to scratches and chips. Try to avoid a highly polished finish and go for something more slip resistant such as a honed finish or raised pattern detail. Look to Craven Dunnill and Topps Tiles for ideas.
We?re all familiar with the cushioned vinyl that many of our homes had back in the 1970s but you can now get some fantastic quality designs, which have the benefit of being easy to lay and quick to change in later years. Try Harvey Maria for a huge selection. The other type of vinyl is luxury vinyl tiles or planks from the likes of QuickStep and Amtico.
ALTERNATIVE KITCHEN FLOORING
If none of these take your fancy, you could opt for a rubber floor from Dalsouple ? ideal for family homes with young children as they are soft and warm underfloot and come in a wide range of colourful designs. Another solution is a poured resin or concrete floor ? try Solid Floor or White + Reid. These are poured wet on site and will take up to a week to set. You can even have glittery speckles within a resin design for added wow factor.
If you are looking for more advice on the best kitchen flooring then contact Kitchen Co London today. We can provide expert advice as well as provide you with a kitchen quote that will beat any other like for like quote by at least 20%.