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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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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.

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February 17, 2016 |

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