The best flooring options for kitchens

Not only is the kitchen a room in which many people spend a lot of time, it’s also one of the key rooms in a home that will make or break a sale when it comes time to move on. So here are a few things that should influence your decision when choosing the best flooring for your kitchen:

  • Your budget and the value it adds to your home
  • Your interior decor style
  • Functionality and durability
  • Ease of cleaning

So let’s use these criteria to evaluate some of the most popular options on the market today.

Porcelain tiles

This is a classic option. Available in a large range of colours, patterns and textures so there’s something to suit your budget and all kinds of interior design style. Hard and dense, stain resistant, water and fireproof, they’re one of the most durable options. This said, quality is linked to cost and the cheaper the tile you opt for, the less durable it could be.

When installing, you need to ensure you have a subfloor that won’t move or shift so you don’t end up with cracked tiles and grout. While tiles are easy to clean, also pay attention to the grout. Often when a tile floor looks tired and worn it’s because the grout is dirty. Add a grout sealant to help with this.

Luxury vinyl planking

Get the wood look without the fuss; LVP is almost indistinguishable from real wood to the eye. As the most popular flooring option, it’s highly durable (as long as you go for reasonable quality, of course) and offers a nice surface to stand on as it has a slightly cushioned quality; also a bit more forgiving when you drop things.

It’s water resistant, easy to clean, maintain and repair. Avoid abrasive cleaning products and don’t drag heavy furniture over it as it could tear. As a flooring choice in the kitchen, anything vinyl comes with the added bonus of being easy to install. This means it’s not something that will put a buyer off as it’s not a huge cost or task to change it. 

Moduleo Moods

This is the next evolution of vinyl planking available through Robert Malcolm. It’s a creative suite of unique formats with stone and wood textures that can create over 110 beautiful floor designs. View some of the truly stunning options Moduleo Moods makes possible. 

Stone

Natural stone flooring (eg. slate, marble, granite, sandstone, limestone, etc) is beautiful, resilient and because of its naturally occurring patterns, every floor is unique. This is no budget option though; stone is expensive because it is heavy, difficult to work with and needs a lot of pre-install work. 

Vinyl

Vinyl is popular because it’s inexpensive to buy and install (you’ll find a great range of budget-friendly options) and a HUGE selection of colours, patterns and textures. It will work with any style of interiors, but we recommend it for modern and rustic country homes.

Depending on the quality of the vinyl you choose it can be very durable. It’s also waterproof and very easy to keep clean. 

 

Hopefully this guide helps you move closer to a decision on which flooring is best for your kitchen. The next step is to get excited about the look you want so why not browse our product range.

 

Posted 22 Aug 2017