Kitchen & Bathroom Flooring
How to choose a flooring for your kitchen or bathroom
Whether you are choosing a kitchen or bathroom flooring material for its visual appeal or for practical purposes, the range of choices you have available to you is extensive. Aside from colour schemes, things to consider when choosing the right flooring for you is how the material feels underfoot, resale value and how easy the floor is to maintain.
For instance, while timber is a beautiful product to use as your flooring, it will require more maintenance, as will natural stone tiles that may require resealing at some stage in the future. If you have the time and funds to maintain these natural surfaces, you will be rewarded with a very earthy environment that will never go out of fashion. If you do not, then you should choose one of the many other choices available to you.
Below are some of them more popular flooring choices available in the market today…
Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles
Ceramic tiles are for the most part hard wearing and resilient. Just make sure you choose a flat surface without dimples, as dirt will attract around these areas and can be problematic to clean. All tiles will be cool in summer but may require underfloor heating in colder climates.
Stone tiles have a luxurious look to them and will not date as fast as other tiles. They also add considerable value to your home. Though it’s worth noting that they will require additional costs and efforts to maintain as time goes by.
A fantastic hard wearing surface that is soft underfoot and easy to clean. There are many benefits to cork flooring which include its excellent insulation properties. However cork has been held back in the last few decades with limited colour choices. In recent times this issue has been addressed and there are now many new colours to choose from that are modern and trendy.
Laminate Flooring Boards
Also known as ‘click clack flooring boards’, this flooring solution is very popular for its quick insulation and easy maintenance. Laminate flooring looks good and comes in a large range of colour choices. Keep in mind that some of the cheaper versions are not suitable for wet areas (such as bathrooms).
Bamboo has become more popular in recent years due to its ecological benefits. It is a hard wearing surface, but is a lot less resistant to scratching than traditional timber flooring. It has been reported that bamboo floors are faster to fade in areas that receive direct sunlight, however for an eco-friendly choice it is certainly worth considering.
As with cork flooring, rubber flooring offers high insulation properties and is very easy under feet if you spend a lot of time walking on it (especially if you’re someone who like to walk around your home barefoot). Various patterns and colour choices are available at quite an affordable price. However it may not suit those who want for more a ‘expensive’ look to their kitchen or bathroom.
Linoleum or ‘Lino’ flooring is a popular and easy to maintain product that was considered the norm in days gone by. But, while there are undoubtedly more aesthetically appealing choices available on the market, linoleum it is still well worth evaluating. Especially if you’re working to a tight budget. It’s also a great fit if you have young children, as lino is very difficult to damage.
A popular choice for high traffic areas is seamless flooring such as epoxy or fleck flooring. These gives you a seamless surface with a decidedly stylish look. Being seamless this flooring choice is easy to clean and is long lasting. Seamless flooring is a more expensive process, but if you are looking for resale value or if you plan to live in the home for a long period of time, then it’s a good one to add to the list.
Offering beautiful texture and a natural earthy surface, timber has always been, and will always be, a sought after flooring choice. However while it is easy to clean, it will require resurfacing in the future. The time frame for this will depend on the traffic it receives and how well it is maintained. Timber flooring is well suited to the kitchen, but is not considered the best choice for bathrooms, due to issues with water pooling for extended periods of time.