Comprehensive Guide to Kitchen Flooring

When you are carrying out a kitchen renovation, one of the things you will need to consider is the kitchen flooring. It is an important choice that will influence the appearance and style of your kitchen as an overall. Luckily for you, the team from Kitchen & Stone has compiled a list of various kitchen floor materials that you can choose from.

Failure to choose the right floor material can result in a poorly designed kitchen. Use this guide to your advantage and pick the right material type to make your newly renovated kitchen looking modern and elegant.

Choosing between various kitchen floor types will be determined by three factors including the budget you are willing to spend, the style that you are trying to achieve and what you are looking to get out of the floor.

Budget

The biggest and most common factor in determining the right kitchen floor for you is your budget. Many are limited to certain kitchen flooring types while others are free to pick and choose to their desire. The cost for each material is reflected through its rarity, practicality and benefits.

Overspending on your kitchen floor is not exactly ideal but if you do not have a budget for your kitchen floor, the options are endless. However, you will need to decide the flooring by the next factor, the style.

Style

If you are choosing a kitchen floor based on design and style then this guide will offer some tips. Without a spending budget, you will need to ensure that your floor is suited to compliment your kitchen benchtop, splashback, faucets, cabinets, lighting etc.

If you are going for a modern kitchen style, don’t be afraid to theme your kitchen to be contemporary and innovative. Luxurious kitchen flooring such as concrete or stone can be quite easy to achieve this as their price tag is a sign of prestige and luxury in itself.

Functionality

Perhaps you are looking for a suitable kitchen flooring type that is durable enough to handle daily activity. You may consider a kitchen floor that can withstand kids running and dropping things all the time. The budget and style of your kitchen may not be a big factor for you compared to the functionality that is offered.

Here is a list of floor types from the most durable to the least:

1) Concrete
2) Rubber flooring
3) Stone
4) Tile
5) Vinyl
6) Wood laminate

Nonetheless, each kitchen floor type has its own pros and cons. It is up to you to determine which best fits your wants and needs. Determine which factor is the most important to you and from there, you can work out the rest of the kitchen modelling.

Materials

Here are the common kitchen flooring types that you will find in most homes:


Wood Flooring

Wood floors offer a warm and vibrant look to your kitchen and have always been a popular choice amongst homeowners. There are 3 types of wood floor to choose from for your kitchen that you need to know about.

Laminate Wood Floor

laminate wood

Laminate wood flooring provides homeowners with an affordable way to achieve ergonomic flooring. It can withstand some level of abuse however loses out when compared to engineered wood flooring and hardwood flooring. Unlike most other flooring types, laminate wood flooring cannot retain moisture properly. A layer of water protection is required on the surface to avoid the floor from deforming.

Laminate wood flooring is an excellent choice as a budget-friendly and simple floor for your kitchen. They are relatively easy to install and are available in a wide range of designs and style to mimic the look of normal wood floors in the kitchen.

What are the benefits of laminate wood kitchen floor?

  • Relatively easy to install
  • Affordable
  • Wide variety of designs and styles
  • Easy to maintain
  • Stain resistant

What are the disadvantages of laminate wood kitchen floor?

  • Susceptible to water damages if not properly cared
  • Does not add much resale value
  • Cannot be sanded or refined

How much does laminate wood floor cost?

Approximately $20-$50/square metre

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Engineered Wood Floor

engineered wood

Engineered wood floors are an affordable way to achieve the appearance of a hardwood look. This is because the engineered wood floor has a top layer of solid wood while the rest of the material is made from various materials such as plywood.

It offers the durability that hardwood flooring provides in a high traffic kitchen. They can be easily installed over concrete subfloors and is good for bathrooms and kitchens.

What are the benefits of engineered hardwood kitchen floor?

  • Affordable way to achieve hardwood floor look
  • Durable
  • Great insulator to hold warmth for a while

What are the disadvantages of engineered hardwood kitchen floor?

  • Susceptible to moisture and spills if not cared
  • A top coating is required to protect it from scratches and impacts
  • Looks very attractive

How much does engineered wood floor cost?

Depending on the type of wood approximately $30-$60/square metre

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Solid Hardwood Floor

hardwood kitchen floor

Hardwood flooring otherwise known as solid wood is made out of materials such as oak, mahogany and ash. Hardwood flooring is a superior choice for wood flooring due to its ability to withstand high-traffic kitchens and has high resale value if you ever decide to put your home for sale. If properly managed and looked after, hardwood flooring can last a lifetime.

It has a unique, high-end look depending on its age. Wood of any type are porous and therefore will require a protective coating or proper maintenance to keep it looking beautiful all year round.

What are the benefits of solid hardwood kitchen floor?

  • Adds high resale value
  • Durable for high traffic kitchen
  • Natural beauty
  • Can last a lifetime if properly maintained
  • Prestigious look

What are the disadvantages of solid hardwood kitchen floor?

  • More difficult to clean
  • Can be easily scratched
  • Susceptible to water and moisture over a long period

How much does solid hardwood floor cost?

Depending on the type of wood approximately $50-$150+/square metre

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Tile Flooring

tile kitchen floor

Tiles are a popular kitchen flooring option due to several reasons. They are low in maintenance, easy to clean, quite durable and available in a wide range of colours, material and designs. The price range for kitchen tiles will vary depending on the type of material it is made up of; ceramic, marble, porcelain, quarry.

Unlike wood floors, tile floors are resistant to moisture. With tile floors, you can pick and choose from a range of patterns that will suit your kitchen style. These tile designs are endless where you can even custom make your own if you’d like.

Nonetheless, tile flooring is budget-friendly as they are available in a wide range of prices depending on the material and several factors.

What are the benefits of kitchen tile floors?

  • Wide range of styles, colours and design
  • Easy to maintain
  • Highly resistant to moisture
  • Suited for all budget

What are the disadvantages of kitchen tile floors?

  • Can be difficult to install due to levelling
  • Grout lines can be difficult to keep clean
  • Can be slippery when wet
  • Prone to chipping and cracks

How much does tile floor cost?

Depending on the type of wood approximately $20-$110+/square metre

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Vinyl Floor

vinyl kitchen floor

Another popular choice for kitchen floors is vinyl flooring due to the various benefits that it offers.

Vinyl flooring comes in 3 different forms; sheet vinyl, vinyl tile and vinyl plank. There are also different methods of installation techniques such as peel and stick, glue down and click and lock.

Vinyl floors are affordable, water resistant and can imitate the appearance of wood, tile or stone without the high costs. Unlike tiles, vinyl does not chip. Their wide range of selection in colours, design and price will be sure to fit well with any budget.

They are a great alternative to hard floors. Vinyl offers a soft platform to walk on, especially for the elderly or those suffering from a knee or foot problem. A big disadvantage of this is that heavy furniture which are left on vinyl flooring will leave an undesirable and permanent dent in the floor.

What are the benefits of kitchen vinyl floors?

  • Budget-friendly
  • Variety of colours and designs
  • Soft flooring option
  • Water resistant

What are the disadvantages of kitchen vinyl floors?

  • Undesirable marks are left from heavy objects
  • Requires frequent waxing to maintain a glossy shine
  • Vinyl floors with high gloss shiny finish are slippery
  • Most homebuyers would prefer tiles and hardwood

How much does vinyl floor cost?

Approximately $25-$90/square metre

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Concrete Floor

concrete kitchen floor

When it comes to concrete flooring, there is a cold and industrial feel to the space. It is hard to match the contemporary and modern look of concrete floor. There is no doubt that concrete is highly durable to withstand a high level of foot traffic in the kitchen and tough against heavy objects.

Concrete flooring comes in a variety of finishes including polished, stained, waxed and stencilled to suit your kitchen style. Overall, concrete is relatively easy to clean and maintain. It can be freezing during cold climates with concrete kitchen floors, that is why it is suggested to include radiant floor heating under the concrete floor.

What are the benefits of kitchen concrete floors?

  • Durable for high foot traffic
  • Contemporary and modern looking
  • Moisture resistant
  • Can last a lifetime if properly looked after

What are the disadvantages of kitchen concrete floors?

  • Requires floor heating during cold climate
  • Prone to staining
  • Can develop structural or surface crack over time if not maintained
  • Can cost more than other other floor options

How much does concrete floor cost?

Approximately $25-$100+/square metre

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At Kitchen & Stone, we are the professionals in designing, building and installing your newly built kitchens in Sydney. We are experts in kitchen floorings and can provide you with 30+ years worth of experience and advice.

Whether you need a customised kitchen benchtop, floor, cabinet or layout, we tailor our kitchen renovation services for you. We personalise your kitchen so that you get your dream kitchen without going over budget. We are available to provide our kitchen remodelling services to all area of Sydney.

Contact Kitchen & Stone today on 1300 625 179 from Sunday to Friday between 8am and 6pm! Our friendly and attentive staffs will be happy to speak to your kitchen needs.

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