Which Type Of Floor Can I Use In My Kitchen?
The kitchen can sometimes be a hectic environment; it is the hub of most homes and has to withstand heavy foot traffic, spills and splashes from cooking. It is therefore crucial to pick a floor that is hardwearing, durable and able to put up with the everyday wear and tear.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
One good option is a robust vinyl floor, as it provides guaranteed water resistance and is very durable. As these products are very easy to maintain and clean, vinyl flooring is now nationally known for its practicality in kitchens. Luxury Vinyl Flooring also comes in a huge variety of designs, textures and patterns that are now widely available, allowing you to pick a design that suits your style.
Laminate flooring is very hard wearing and provides a great resistance to moisture and splashes. It is highly resistant to knocks and scratches, however, over time if spillages are not cleared effectively, water can slowly creep into the joints and cause warping or swelling of your floor. We recommend using Click Seal (a special silicon sealant) along the joints of your laminate whilst laying your floor. This method is very effective and can help prolong the life of your laminate flooring by creating a barrier to prevent water from getting into the joints.
Engineered flooring, and in particular lacquered boards, can be a good option for your kitchen, although it will need a little more careful maintenance than laminate and LVT. If spillages are cleared immediately, then moisture is unlikely to affect the floor. However, frequent contact with water can result in warping or swelling of the wood. We do not recommend laying a solid wood floor in your kitchen, as this type of flooring is simply not as stable as Engineered flooring and does not take well to fluctuating moisture levels.