February 29, 2024

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Exploring the Best Flooring for Kitchens

With so many finishes available for home décor, choosing the best flooring for kitchen areas can be a daunting decision. It’s a significant investment and you’ll want to get it right first time around. The flooring can set the tone for the entire design and functionality of the kitchen.

When deciding on the best flooring for kitchen, we must recognise its specific characteristics. Unlike the living room or bedroom, the kitchen includes plumbing and appliances, with complicated wiring all of which influence the choice of floor finish. Kitchen floors come in for a lot of abuse and foot traffic, so maintenance is as important as good looks. Through this article, we are going to answer the perennial question: what is the best flooring for a kitchen?

Grey kitchen with Porcelanosa wood effect ceramic floor tiles

Vancouver Moka 25×150 cm

What to consider when choosing a kitchen floor

Nowadays the kitchen is a pivotal space within the home, where we like to make a statement about our design preferences, and lifestyle. This is especially true with open-plan living areas that include the kitchen. The flooring is an integral part of the décor which must withstand specific challenges. You’ll want the best waterproof flooring for kitchen décor to avoid expensive mishaps. With food preparation and hygiene requirements, the kitchen floor will get severely tested over its life span.

Kitchen floors must also be hard-wearing underfoot, easy to maintain and look good. It’s the room where we spend the most time on our feet and over time that takes its toll. Thanks to advances in material technology, the best and most appropriate flooring might not be immediately obvious. So, it’s worthwhile dedicating some time to research the myriad options that are out there. When it comes to selecting the best tile for kitchen floor, the following criteria will help you identify the optimum material.

 

Kitchen with concrete effect Porcelanosa ceramic tiles

Berna Acero 100×100 cm

Deco Berna 59.6×59.6 cm

#01     Hardwearing

Kitchens tend to be high-traffic rooms in homes. For this reason, you need a floor that can stand the test of time and cope with heavy footfall. Kitchen floors tend to be cleaned more regularly than in other rooms, which can speed up the wear and tear on sensitive flooring materials. The best kitchen floors are naturally hardwearing and easy to maintain.

#02     Moisture resistance

Busy kitchens generate a lot of moisture and humidity and inevitably now and again there are spills. All these can cause damage to certain flooring. So, when looking for kitchen flooring, the best options are those that provide resistance to humidity and moisture.

#03     Marking of zones

In terms of layout and design, decide if you want your flooring to mark out different zones in your kitchen. Combining different finishes and floorings can help to mark out different zones in an open-plan layout. This is especially important in large, open-plan kitchen and dining areas.

#04     Finishes

Although the practicality of a kitchen floor is a vital consideration, the look is also important. Continuous flooring, floorboards and tiles all give a different aesthetic.

Whatever flooring you choose, it’s also worthwhile integrating associated details, like a skirting board from the outset. Which will affect the architrave and other decorative mouldings (if there are any) throughout the kitchen space. These details protect your floors and walls as well as being attractive features in their own right.

 

The best kitchen flooring options

Taking practicality, longevity, maintenance and looks into account, we have put together the top four options when it comes to kitchen flooring. No two kitchens are the same, and all have different needs, but our choices will meet many needs and budgets. All these options are compatible with kitchen trends that are transforming this most exciting part of the home. In no particular order, here are the best kitchen flooring options:

Ceramic & Porcelain kitchen floor tiles

There’s a reason why both ceramic and porcelain flooring in the kitchen remain the most popular choices for UK homes. Both options provide an extremely low porosity which helps prevent moisture damage and resist humidity. Both are available in a wide range of dimensions and designs. The choice of grouting will also contribute to the flooring’s longevity, with rectified tiles becoming increasingly popular.

With advances in digital printing, porcelain tiles now allow for the recreation of natural finishes, such as marble and slate, that are indistinguishable from the real thing. Large-format porcelain tiles can create a continuous flooring effect. Stone tiles such as travertine, slate and granite are also suitable for kitchens floors, but will need to be sealed because of their high porosity.

 

Kitchen with stone effect Porcelanosa ceramic flooring

 

New Generation Vinyl kitchen flooring

Any prejudices you may have about vinyl flooring in kitchens should be immediately banished from your mind. A new generation of vinyl flooring options not only look stylish but are also long-lasting and easily maintained.

Vinyl is also typically provided with an under-layer for extra comfort underfoot. What’s more, with vinyl you have a range of textures and finishes to choose from, which includes sheet, tile and plank options.

Hyper-realistic timber effect vinyl flooring will provide the look of wood without the hassle. Nevertheless, vinyl is not as resistant as ceramic or porcelain and appliances can dent or damage the material. It can however be easily installed by the DIY enthusiast and is completely waterproof.

 

Kitchen with wood effect Porcelanosa vinyl flooring

Linkfloor Supreme Natural 23×226 cm

 

Laminate kitchen flooring

Another great kitchen flooring choice is laminate. Laminate floors are a hybrid combination of several materials; particle board, with a timber base, covered with a layer that represents timber (or other material) and protected with a transparent laminate layer.

Laminate kitchen floors are a great alternative to hardwood, recreating the warmth and texture of wood but without the hassle of maintenance. Some laminate floors are also waterproof depending on the type of installation.

Laminate flooring is typically laid in planks that click together and is extremely resistant to moisture, wear and tear, stains and heavy traffic making it ideal for kitchen areas. Just like vinyl, laminate flooring can also be installed by the DIY enthusiast, especially the click-together planks which are foolproof to install.

 

Laminate flooring in a kitchen by Porcelanosa

AC5 Cross Espiga Natural 29.34×118.4 cm

 

Cork kitchen flooring

Another increasingly popular option in the kitchen is cork flooring. When correctly treated cork is water-resistant rather than waterproof. It is a completely natural and organic material with hypoallergenic properties that resist mould and mites.

Furthermore, cork is soft underfoot and can be repaired if damaged by sanding and varnishing. Cork has an attractive patina and looks great with timber kitchen cabinets. In addition, it offers a warm and cosy appearance.

 

Find the best flooring for kitchen décor

Your dream kitchen starts from the bottom up. We’ve explored the importance of water resistance and hard-wearing flooring qualities.

Make an appointment to visit your nearest Porcelanosa showroom where you can benefit from the years of experience of our professional staff. It’s the most logical starting point to find the best flooring for kitchen. In the meantime, drop us a line with any queries regarding the materials discussed above.

 

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FAQs regarding kitchen flooring

If decorating budgets were not a concern then porcelain tiles are the best bet. Not just for the reasons outlined above, good looks, durability, low porosity, but also for the technical prowess of modern porcelain: large format tiles, and the naturalistic look of concrete, marble and other natural stone effects.

It is best to avoid natural timber flooring in the wet areas of the kitchen because timber is prone to moisture absorption. However for a larger kitchen-dining space natural timber might be an option for defining a dining area, a n island within another more appropriate material.

Ceramic tiles are an excellent option and are available in a range of formats. As a general rule the larger the kitchen the larger the tile can be, and vice versa. A medium or small tile can in fact help increase the sensation of space in the smaller kitchen.

The choice of tile should be based on the specific conditions of the individual kitchen. For intensively used kitchens with heavier traffic, requiring more regular cleaning, porcelain is the best option, followed by ceramic. On the other hand for a budget refurbishment or for kitchens less frequently used vinyl tiles offer a great alternative.

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