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The kitchen guide: Choosing your flooring
Written By: Ben Reid
There is no ‘best’ choice when it comes to flooring. When designing a new kitchen for your home, it’s important you choose flooring that will not only complement the style and personality you are creating, but something that is practical for both you and your family.
In this article, we’re going to cover several types of flooring and explain the pros and cons to help you make the right decision for your kitchen.
Solid wood flooring
Whether you’re looking for a luxury finish or a family-friendly floor that won’t stain from a food and drink spillage, solid wood flooring remains a popular choice for many homeowners – and especially suited to the more traditionally styled homes.
However, there are a few drawbacks when it comes to solid wood flooring. The first being cost. Solid wood flooring can come at quite a large price and can be easily damaged when wet. So, if your house is prone to leaks, it might be worth avoiding solid wood for your kitchen floor.
Marble flooring is a stylish, yet practical choice for any kitchen and pairs nicely with luxurious cabinets and accents. Although it provides a glamorous and rich feeling, marble flooring may not be as costly as you first thought.
One thing you need to keep in mind though, marble flooring installation can be time-consuming and complex, so it’s best left to a professional (unless you’re feeling really brave).
A seriously durable floor – perfect for the kitchen. With stone flooring, you won’t need to worry about damaging your flooring when dropping a heavy pan. If you’re a clumsy cook, a hardwearing floor made from stone is most likely perfect for you. But before ordering your brand-new stone floor, be sure to remember that it can be extremely cold to the touch, which can create an unwelcoming feel in larger kitchens.
Perhaps the most popular type of kitchen flooring, laminate is by far the most versatile out of the bunch. “Why’s this” you ask? Laminate flooring can be made to replicate the look of ceramic tiled flooring and even hardwood flooring without the costs and maintenance attached! And laminate flooring is by far the easiest floor to clean, with just some soap and water, you can make sure your entire kitchen floor is spotless in just a few minutes.
There are pros and cons to all types of flooring, whether you have to compromise on style, practicality or cost, don’t rush your decision. If you’re really stuck, ask your family for their opinions and make an educated decision based on the majority vote. Alternatively, speak to one of our kitchen experts today, we’re always happy to help.