Whether you decide to renovate your entire kitchen or just focus on one aspect, it’s important to remember that planning is everything!. While many DIY’ers tend to focus on using new flooring to give their kitchen a facelift, it’s important to choose the right type of flooring. Flooring has the ability to tie all your kitchen design elements together or to stand out like an eyesore.
Here’s an overview of the most popular flooring options for new kitchen renovations.
Hardwood flooring offers a classic look. Since many kitchens are now designed to be part of a larger, more open concept space, hardwood floors throughout will tie all the areas together. There are many types and styles of wood flooring in a wide range of shades and colours. Wood is also very durable and easy to clean making it a suitable choice for a kitchen.
Cork is not as common as wood but has very similar functional and aesthetic benefits. As with hardwood, cork comes in many different colours and styles. It is generally a little softer than wood which feels great on your feet when spending time standing in the kitchen prepping your meals.
Ceramic tiles are one of the most durable and ,therefore, cost effective flooring options available. They come in an endless supply of colours, shapes and styles, however, can be a little cold and uncomfortable on your feet. Tile flooring can be heated with in-floor heating to combat the cold feeling. In-floor heating can also benefit a space that hasn’t had proper heat previously to the renovation or if a radiator needs to be removed to increase the function of the kitchen.
For those who like a rugged natural look, natural stone is the floor for you! Natural stone does require a good quality sub floor to support the weight of stone. It is a little more expensive than some of the more common floor types, however, it does look fantastic when installed by a professional!
Linoleum is avaliable in either sheets or tiles and comes in various natural colours. It’s very similar to Vinyl but is considered a natural product. Geometric patterns can be achieved with two or more linoleum tile colours while linoleum sheets can be cut into shapes and curves to add interest to your floors.
Vinyl Sheet Flooring
The biggest difference between linoleum and vinyl is that vinyl is synthetic. Vinyl can imitate the look of more expensive flooring but is the most affordable option in floor coverings for your kitchen. It is available in different grades of quality with many colour and pattern options so you will always be able to find a vinyl that fits your budget and aesthetic.
Vinyl Tile and Plank Flooring
Vinyl tile or vinyl plank flooring, like vinyl sheet flooring, mimics more expensive flooring for a more budget friendly cost. It is extremely durable while still being easier on your feet and back. Vinyl tile can be installed with or without a grout line depending on the final aesthetic you want to achieve. Vinyl planks are usually installed without a grout line and look convincingly like real hardwood floors.
Laminate and Composite Flooring
If you’re wanting the style and sophistication that a natural wood floor provides but budget is a major consideration in your renovation, laminate flooring is a great option. It’s less expensive than the other products but provides great durability in a large range of styles and colours.
If you need some advice on what type of flooring will work best in your kitchen renovation, give us a call! One of our designers would be happy to help you with your flooring needs.