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Kitchen Flooring Options for Your New Home

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There are more choices to make than ever before when you design and build a new home or decide to renovate a home. So what kitchen flooring should you choose? Timber, vinyl, tiles and polished concrete are just the tip of the flooring iceberg.

Take the time to think about how much and in what ways you use your kitchen. For entertaining? Are you a keen cook? Do you spend hours standing at the benches in your kitchen, or do you perch on a stool? Read on for the low down on some of the most popular kitchen flooring options.

Hardwood Timber Flooring

Timber flooring is very popular for kitchens, and with good reason. Timber doesn’t date, its warmth is great against the hard surfaces of a kitchen and it provides a good return on investment should you decide to sell your home. Timber is a good option for open plan areas as it looks equally good when extended into a living area. In addition, hardwood timber flooring is durable and reasonably easy to maintain. If you are renovating a home you may be lucky enough to find timber underneath the existing flooring in the kitchen area that can be polished and lacquered.

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Vinyl

Vinyl flooring is arguably one of the most easiest surfaces to maintain. Its other benefits include being budget-friendly and soft – so it’s great for those with children likely to drop crockery. That softness is also great for people who cook frequently, being kinder to legs than a harder surface.

However, you may see seams if you use it over a larger area and it won’t last as long or wear as well as other flooring options such as tiles or timber.

Tile Flooring

Tiles are a very serviceable kitchen flooring option. Should you choose ceramic or porcelain tiles? Porcelain tiles – which are just a version of ceramic tiles that have been fired at a much higher temperature – have the edge, as they are harder, less porous, more durable and less prone to both moisture and staining.

However, tiles are very hard under foot and anything you drop will likely smash! And choose tiles carefully for the kitchen area – high gloss  porcelain tiles look great but they may not be as practical as slip-resistant tiles in the kitchen.

Cork

Cork flooring is a very eco-friendly option. It is softer than wood or tile and is naturally slip-resistant due to a textured surface. But cork does need regular maintenance and regular re-sealing.

Bamboo

Bamboo is an eco-friendly flooring option with a similar look to wood. It does have a more limited colour range than timber but is harder and thus less likely to dent.

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Image: Freedom Homes

Polished Concrete Flooring

Thanks to television shows like The Block polished concrete flooring is becoming quite popular these days and provides a great modern industrial look to a kitchen. Once installed it is low maintenance and easy to clean but be mindful that concrete can crack so if you are a perfectionist and don’t think you would be happy with a slight crack somewhere in your flooring you may want to reconsider. Before you make your mind up on concrete, have a chat with a few local polished concrete experts to consider your options.

If you need to find a builder to complete home renovations or extensions in  Newcastle or the Hunter Region, visit www.buildlocal.com.au.

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February 17, 2016 |

Polished Concrete Floors – Great for New Builds & Renovations

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Polished concrete flooring not only looks great but it can be very cost effective and can really give your home that extra ‘wow’ factor. If you are thinking of renovating your home, did you know it may be possible to polish your existing concrete slab?

Do your homework before you decide to choose polished concrete for your flooring. Concrete does tend to crack so you need to be mindful that hair line cracks may appear in your slab – these can be filled so that they are barely visible, but the end result will depend on the size of the crack. Have a chat with a local concreter who is experienced in polished concrete, talk to your builder and speak to a concrete polishing company.

Here are a few of the benefits of polished concrete flooring:

Hard wearing and easy to care for

A concrete floor is one of the easiest floor surfaces to clean and maintain.  Having a polished concrete floor means less time spent cleaning as there are no grout lines to scrub like a tiled floor. Polished concrete is very hard wearing so you don’t have to worry about scratch marks from pet claws, high heels or furniture.  A concrete floor can chip however, but it is uncommon and the specialised coatings available on the market today are extremely resistant to everyday wear and tear.

Polished Concrete Floors are Stylish

Polished concrete comes in so many different colours and unique finishing effects. It can be coloured with dye, have different aggregate textures or patterns embedded or be finished in high gloss effect.  There are also a great range of architectural coating products available to suit your style. Visit www.alternativesurfaces.com.au for more information on these unique finishes.

Polished concrete can also be used for benchtops in kitchens and outdoor bbq areas giving your home a modern stylish edge. When it comes to your product choices, concrete and timber flooring are always your safest bet if you want a surface that will be stylish for many years to come.  Unlike tile trends that come and go over the years, you can easily transform the look of a room by using soft furnishings such as rugs and cushions or a simple change of wall colour.

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Image: Custom Surfaces, Newcastle

Economical and long-lasting

With new homes it’s important that your floor polisher works in with your builder to ensure that your floor slab is prepared correctly so that you end up with the perfect finish.  Polishing a concrete slab also means that you do not need to pay for additional flooring materials at the time of renovation or construction.  Depending on your individual circumstances you may end up saving money on your project.

Did you know that a polished concrete floor can last a hundred years or more with very little maintenance?

Sustainability

Polishing an existing concrete slab or preparing a new home’s slab ready for polishing is one of the more environmentally friendly flooring options available.

It makes sense to utilise the concrete slab as both your foundation and finishing material to avoid the need to purchase additional flooring material. If you are planning to renovate your home, you may already have the perfect surface sitting underneath a layer of carpet or vinyl that you can utilise. Ordering less materials is not only good for the environment, but it’s also good for your budget!

Due to it’s thermal mass and ability to retain heat, a concrete slab floor is a great option for anyone looking to create an energy efficient home. In a well designed and insulated home a concrete slab can save you money on your heating and cooling costs.

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Image: IH Construction Group, Hamilton

Health Benefits

Polished concrete is great for asthma or allergy sufferers as it doesn’t trap dust mites, mould, mildew, moisture or bacteria as other floor surfaces can.

For more information, or to talk to a local Newcastle & Hunter Region concrete flooring professional or speak to your builder. Build Local can put you in touch with the right people so if you need some local contacts, give us a call on 02 49366732.

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March 18, 2015 |

The Beauty of Hardwood Timber Flooring

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Hardwood timber flooring has always produced a ‘classic’ look that continues to stand the test of time in any home. It brings warmth and beauty and is arguably the most environmentally responsible of all building products; being natural, renewable, sustainable and resilient.

If you want to update your decor, solid wood flooring is a great choice. Known for it’s striking appearance, you can’t beat a solid timber floor on quality and style. A timber floor is a great way to add a touch of luxury to your home.

Whether you are laying a timber floor over particle board, existing flooring or even concrete, no job is too difficult.DJ Mason Building Services Hardwood Flooring

A beautiful high quality timber floor can make such an improvement to the overall feel of a home and if you need to sell your home at a later date you will be rewarded for your smart choice of flooring product.

DJ Mason Building Services has a wide range of timber flooring products available and we are confident that we have something to suit your taste and style.

If you want to find out more about timber flooring, don’t hesitate to give DJ Mason Building Services a call on 0423 453 892 to arrange a free competitive quote.

With many years of experience installing hardwood timber flooring, we can gladly offer you our ideas & advice                                                                                                              .

To find out more about DJ Mason Building Services visit, http://www.buildlocal.com.au/listings/dj-mason-building-services-newcastle/

Dave Mason

Timber Floor Installation Newcastle , Port Stephens, Maitland & Hunter Region.

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