The floor area will often be the biggest surface in your kitchen, it’s essential that you’re happy with your choice of floor covering. Here we take a brief look at flooring materials and their properties.
Luxury vinyl is easy to clean, difficult to damage and simple to maintain. It not only provides excellent waterproofing and comfort underfoot, it is also the most forgiving flooring when it comes to falling crockery. Luxury vinyls replicate the beauty of wood and stone. They come in a wide range of finishes, colours and styles, so it’s easy to find a luxury vinyl that suits you and your kitchen. We recommend the products of leading manufacturers Amtico and Polyflor. With prices starting from £60 per square metre for Amtico (which comes with a 20 year guarantee) and £30 for Polyflor,
Stone makes beautiful, durable kitchen floors that can last a lifetime. Limestone marble and slate are popular choices and if properly sealed, are easy to protect from staining and water damage. Stone is available in a variety of colours and finishes. Although stone can be polished, we recommend a honed (matte) finish, which is ideal for areas where foot traffic and water spillage can wear the surface. We find Mandarin Stone have excellent products. Prices start from £40 per square metre.
Wood is warm and hardwearing. The richness of its colour and texture improve with age and the marks it will sustain only add to its developing patina. Like stone, wood needs to be sealed to protect it from water damage. Wood is available from us in either solid boards or as engineered sheets (layers of compressed hardwood) and material prices start from £20 per sq metre.
Porcelain and ceramic tiles can add real style and charm to your kitchen. Tiles can be patterned, or used singly to pick out notes within your overall colour scheme. Differences in the firing process makes ceramic softer and easier to cut than porcelain but more prone to wear and chipping. Porcelain tiles are denser, more durable and, as colour and pattern extends through the thickness of the tile, there is no surface to wear off. They are about 10% more expensive than ceramic tiles.
We do not recommend the use of laminates which are too insubstantial a material for kitchen flooring. Neither do we recommend carpet as the pile makes it unhygienic and easily worn and stained.
Our commitment to excellence in service and craftsmanship means we look forward to helping you choose the best floor for you and your kitchen. Please contact us to arrange a free design consultation.