Here at KNB we know how important it is to choose the right floor for your kitchen. Families with young children may prefer a laminate floor, whereas others may go for a long-wearing luxury vinyl tile (LVT). Whatever your biggest priority is – be it budget, use or style – there’s a flooring type for you.
With such a purchase, it’s worth weighing up your options, looking at what works well for you now and can serve you in the future.
Recommended Kitchen Flooring
Just as technology improves, so does laminate materials. Our ability to print high quality, believable designs onto laminate floors gets more impressive every year. Now that laminate is also water resistant, it’s a popular choice for those wanting a low maintenance, easy to clean floor solution for their kitchen.
Pros of laminate kitchen flooring:
- Realistic depictions of wood, stone or any other natural or unnatural material
- Resistant to scuffs and scratches
- An affordable option, even for high-quality products
Cons of laminate kitchen flooring:
- Some require underlay
- Damage can’t be repaired
- Budget options may not last long
Laminate has been a popular option for many years now. It’s ideal for affordability and laminate can help anyone achieve their dream design when it comes to kitchen flooring.
Long used in old country homes and other character properties, natural stone is a leading choice for those who desire something that looks and feels more traditional. Across the UK, there are many stone varieties available, many of which come from our shores. The unique, natural aesthetic of traditional stone is popular with many homeowners.
Available as tile, the likes of marble or granite patterns can appear unique and natural in kitchen settings. This is especially attractive for those with more organic kitchen materials.
Pros of natural stone kitchen flooring:
- Luxury and authentic feel and look
- Slight variances in the stone make it appear more eye-catching and characterful
- Durable and hardwearing materials for kitchen settings
Cons of natural stone kitchen flooring:
- Can be cold underfoot
- Needs regular resealing and care to maintain its look
- One of the pricier options on the market
Natural stone is one of the oldest forms of flooring around. For those with a more traditional style kitchen, it can complement well, or a luxury modern kitchen, a natural marble can look stunning.
Sustainable Kitchen Floors
A popular trend emerging in design is how sustainable options can elevate a kitchen. Homeowners are increasingly aware of sustainable materials when it comes to designing an eco-friendly kitchen. Examples of this sustainable theme, cork and bamboo are two such popular options.
Pros of sustainable kitchen flooring:
- An eco-friendly alternative to other materials
- Naturally bacteria resistant
- Durable, hardwearing and soft underfoot
Cons of sustainable kitchen flooring:
- Like any other wood, it can be easily dented
- Harder to repair than vinyl
- May need regular maintenance
Soft underfoot, cork is a great choice for eco-conscious consumers. Bamboo looks stylish as well as being a sustainable choice. Both are scaling in popularity, but there’s predicted to be an uptake in both these materials very soon.
Vinyl Kitchen Floors
Since the creation of Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT), vinyl has become an increasingly popular choice amongst homeowners. The ease of laying, as well as the wide variety of patterns and styles available, have made vinyl a popular option for consumers and traders alike. LVT has a favourable reputation, known for being easy to replace, where tiles can be swapped out without affecting the rest of the floor.
Here at KNB, we stock Karndean, a market leading supplier of vinyl. As well as being both made of recyclable materials, they’re hygienic, pet-friendly and offer many other benefits.
Pros of vinyl kitchen floors:
- A variety of patterns are available
- Quiet, so this can be used on any storey
- Durable and resilient
Cons of vinyl kitchen floors:
- Needs to be laid properly to maintain longevity
- Doesn’t add resale value like hardwood
- Susceptible to puncturing from dropped knives or other damage
Thanks to its easy installation, wide range of options and durability, this is a great for kitchen flooring. Karndean, for example, has a wide range of laying options and designs.
If you’re interested in changing up your kitchen floor to fit in with modern trends, why not book a free design consultation with KNB to see what we can help with.