The Types Of Flooring That Are Suitable For Kitchens

If you’re looking to cook at home its important for you to consider what type of flooring, you should consider for the kitchen. There are many different types of options for flooring, from different types of wood to vinyl to porcelain, and each of them come with their own sets of pros and cons. So, whether you are thinking of revamping and injecting new life to your kitchen, or you are building your dream home, it is important for you to understand and choose the type of flooring that is suitable for your needs.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is a classic style for kitchen floors. This design never goes out of style and easily complements any kitchen set up. This time-less look gives warmth to the kitchen, creating a homey feeling that complements the warmth of a home cooked meal. There are many different shades of the wood that you can choose from, if you are going for a more industrial look, you can try a darker shade, or if you aim to make your kitchen bright and warm, you can consider a lighter bamboo-wood. Hardwood flooring has improved over the years with new types of engineered hardwood which come laminated and stain resistant. This makes them suitable for our humid climate in Singapore and prevents the wood from curling up when exposed to moisture.

A darker type of wood can suit the industrial styled home

A word of caution is that hardwood flooring is the most expensive option. The initial cost for the flooring can cost up to $30 psf. And if one plank is damaged, it is likely that the repair work will be extensive, and you may even have to replace the entire flooring at once.

Vinyl Flooring

The beauty of vinyl flooring is that it can look like any type of material you want it to

Vinyl flooring gives you the most options in how you want your kitchen to look like if you are working within a tight budget. Vinyl can come in many different designs and textures, it can even mimic the look of a hardwood flooring or concrete flooring at the fraction of the cost. Vinyl flooring is very simple to install. It is installed by sticking sheets of vinyl to the smoothened floor and allowing the resin to dry. Vinyl is the cheapest option available, with prices starting from as low as $5.50 psf. With the extensive number of options, you have in the design of a vinyl flooring, you can really stretch your dollar with this choice.

However, vinyl flooring may not be the best choice for you if you are looking for a durable type of flooring. The vinyl is easily scratched and chaffed, especially with the high amount of traffic in the kitchen, and the risk of dropping utensils which can dent and cut the floor. As vinyl is stuck on, it can over years of use lose contact with the floor as the adhesive loses its effectiveness, creating pouches of air bubbles.

Tiles

If you want to add some finesse to the kitchen you can consider different patterns of tiles

Tiles come in many different forms and types, the most commonly used ones in kitchens are usually porcelain or ceramic. Tiles can be used to create very intricate designs which can complement and complete the look of your kitchen. Whether you are aiming for a Scandinavian themed look, or a warm cottage feel, you can always complete the look with the right set of tiles. Both ceramic and porcelain tiles are very durable and can withstand the heavy traffic in the kitchen, as well as years on years of wear and tear without showing so much as a scratch. Depending on the intricacy of the design, as well as the material used, tiling work can cost anywhere from $7 – $15 psf, making it a very affordable option. It also makes repair work easy as you can just replace a single tile without having to change the entire floor at once.

However, tiles come with the need for careful maintenance. Dirt and grime can easily get trapped in the spaces between tiles and if it accumulates, it can easily make the kitchen look dirty and badly maintained. Plus, if you want to keep the kitchen looking as good as it did when you first got it, you’ll have to clean and polish the tiles from time to time to make them gleam.  Ceramic tiles are also less durable (but often cheaper) than their porcelain counterparts, staining and breaking more easily, and tend to have less of a glossy finish.