What are the different types of flooring?
Choosing the right flooring for your kitchen can transform the look of your room and offer a durable surface that can withstand daily wear and tear. Here are the different types of flooring explained.
Solid Wood flooring
- Made of solid timber, this kitchen flooring type adds warmth to your room and the organic texture can complement a variety of kitchen styles.
- When installed by your builder, this hardwood floor will absorb sound and is easy to keep clean. Plus it is durable, making it a great choice for high traffic areas.
- It can also be easily updated or customised through sanding and staining, allowing you to repair damage or even change the look of your flooring at any time.
Real Wood flooring
- With an engineered timber core and a hardwood timber top layer, Real Wood flooring looks like Solid Wood and is resistant to heat and moisture.
- Your builder can fit this type of flooring with underfloor heating and it can be used in bathrooms too.
- Real Wood flooring can be sanded two to three times during its lifetime, allowing you to refresh or customise this kitchen flooring type with stain, oil, or paint.
- A durable choice that is easy to keep clean, Vinyl flooring re-creates the texture and pattern of other types of flooring using a vinyl top coat on a tile or plank layer.
- Often used in commercial properties, this kitchen flooring type is watertight when fitted with a joint sealer by your builder. It is also slip resistant making it suitable for bathrooms and hallways, as well as pets.
- Our range of vinyl flooring is designed for builders with a time-saving click-fit system, meaning you can have your new kitchen floor installed in little time.
- Within a wide range of kitchen flooring types, laminate offers the most variety in style. Using a photographic layer on top of a watertight core, you can choose from wood- effect, tile and stone to suit your kitchen design.
- Our Laminate flooring is made with a click-lock system that can be fitted by your builder with a joint sealer - making it suitable for conservatories, bathrooms and hallways.
- The durable top layer is resistant to stains, impact, scratches, and fading, and it is easy to keep clean, so you can be sure this type of flooring will look good for many years to come.
Things to consider when planning your new flooring
Before making a choice on the type of flooring you want for your kitchen, there are a few practical pointers to consider.
- Know your subfloor. A subfloor is the surface your flooring will go on top off. If it is in poor condition, or you have a concrete subfloor, your builder may need to re-surface it.
- Consider underlay. Underlay can retain warmth in your home saving on household bills, and can offer extra sound-proofing in your rooms. Ask your builder about sound regulations in flats or apartments.
- Stop damp head on. Moisture is the main cause for warped flooring. Your builder may recommend a Damp Proof Membrane, especially for concrete subfloors.
Our top four Kitchen floor ideas
Now you know the different types of flooring to choose from, here are our five favourite kitchen flooring ideas to inspire you.
1. Match your flooring to your worktop
Ask your builder to fit flooring that matches the colour and material of your worktops. It will reduce visual clutter and tie your kitchen design together.
2. Add flooring zones
Open plan kitchens can be divided by different flooring zones. It will add a design statement in your kitchen and will ensure you can use water-resistant flooring for wet areas. Our article on open plan flooring ideas will provide more inspiration.
3. Create a surface for natural light
The floor in your kitchen is the largest surface in your room. Use lighter types of flooring to enhance the sense of space, or add darker floors to create a cosy atmosphere.
4. Use flooring to make a design statement
Flooring can enhance existing design features within your kitchen or add contrast to your chosen style. For example, wood-effect floors complement this Shaker heritage look.
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